This question has been asked a zillion times. The answer has never been a mystery to people of color — we have always viscerally understood how deep to the core racist ideology — and by extension politics — cuts.
And even as far back to the 1960’s President Lyndon Johnson prognosticated what the political landscape would be for the latter part of the 20th century and into the new millennium.
If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.
“We have lost the South for a generation,” President Lyndon B. Johnson told an aide after he signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
All one has to do is spend three seconds listening to Trump and the gang (he is far from being the only race Pied Piper in the GOP circus) to understand the Bubba Effect. The post-Civil Rights era GOP party developed the Southern Strategy to politically hoodwink their low information base.
Trump isn’t an aberration. He may be more boisterous but, Trump follows a long line of GOP and southern Dixiecrats (George Wallace) that have utilized fear mongering as a campaign strategy.
As political and social commentator, Noam Chomsky noted:
It is important to bear in mind that the Republicans have long abandoned the pretense of functioning as a normal parliamentary party.
Rather, they have become a “radical insurgency” that scarcely seeks to participate in normal parliamentary politics, as observed by the respected conservative political commentator Norman Ornstein of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute.
Since Ronald Reagan, the leadership has plunged so far into the pockets of the very rich and the corporate sector that they can attract votes only by mobilizing sectors of the population that have not previously been an organized political force, among them extremist evangelical Christians, now probably the majority of Republican voters; remnants of the former slave-holding States; nativists who are terrified that “they” are taking our white Christian Anglo-Saxon country away from us; and others who turn the Republican primaries into spectacles remote from the mainstream of modern society—though not the mainstream of the most powerful country in world history.
The American dream will be forever deferred until so-called middle-America awakens from their comatose induced by race baited politics.