August 3, 2017

8-3-2017 The 5-Minute Fix: On Trump and discrimination against white people….

(Washington Post)

Let’s start today with a political litmus test in the form of a potentially offensive question: Do you think white people can’t catch a break in America?

If you do, polling shows you are more likely to be a Trump supporter.

As we’re relearning this week, the U.S. isn’t just be divided red and blue. It’s divided between people who think very differently on race. One way to break that down is between people who think that either:

a) Black and Hispanic people are losing out to white people, or
b) White people are losing out to black and Hispanic people

That’s important context to keep in mind as we learn, from the New York Times, that the Trump administration’s Justice Department is going to try to reverse affirmative action by making sure white people aren’t discriminated against in college admissions.

This is a Trump base move. By a nearly two-to-one margin, Trump supporters are more likely than the rest of the U.S. to say white people losing out is a bigger problem than the reverse, says The Post’s polling director, Scott Clement.

Getting out of the Paris climate change agreement. Repealing Obamacare without a replacement. Banning transgender people from the military. And now, reversing affirmative action.

This is the latest example of President Trump working to shore up his base, not expand it.

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