It seems to me that:
- Any detailed historical analysis of any national trend (thinking here of the factors that gave rise to Trump) will inevitably entangle elements from both his supporters and his detractors. Specifically, you drill down on the “us vs them” present among conservatives, but ignore the fact that the rise of identity politics on the left actually DEFINED a “them” for those people. (IOW, to the “us”, the “them” was not fabricated; it was real.)
- THEN, when the above is pointed out, the reflex is to scream “bothsiderism!”, which is the current shibboleth given when anyone has the utter audacity to point out that the left is just as culpable in the rise of Trump as the right is.
Let’s all face facts, here. Considering the devolution of political discourse starting back when (I’ll leave this blank, since both parties have a different date and event from which it started; but let’s all agree it’s been over at least two to three decades)……..
We got the President we deserve.