My piece last Friday on why Trump supporters think he’ll win has sparked a lot of reaction. I was especially pleased that the people whose views I was trying to channel felt that I’d represented them fairly. One of my sources, however, emailed me to say that he felt I’d overlooked something important. I have his permission to reproduce his message, which I abridged for easier reading. I have also edited his words slightly, to protect his anonymity.
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“You’re missing one giant elephant in the room: Trump supporters represent a post-religious Right—arguably an anti-religious Right. You’re lumping together angry millennial men with alienated blue-collar workers, and that’s not quite right. Yes, they both dislike political correctness, but the millennials dislike it because it’s quasi-religious (again, see above), anti-scientific, and just another form of moral posturing.
“When Trump says ‘I’ll fight for you; I’ll win for you,’ his millennial supporters don’t just hear that as directed at them if they’re blue-collar whites. They also hear it as directed at them if they’re gay, or if they watch porn, or have premarital sex. They also hear it as directed at them if they're young, out of work, and crippled by student debt. It’s the first time a Republican has made them feel like he isn't coming to grab their condoms and yell at them to go to their room.