(Cosmopolitan) -- Donald Trump’s victory yesterday is an attempt by disgruntled white Americans to slow down the American social progress ushered in by Barack Obama’s presidency. Trump’s triumph is a victory for white supremacy. We should not equivocate on that point. This is retaliation toward a country that voted for a black president and had the audacity to try to leave the racial politics of the last two centuries behind. Those racial politics have been a steadfast friend to white elites and a fair-weather one to the white working class. What do I mean? White working-class voters don’t fare well with low tax rates, the rise of big corporations, or a shrinking welfare state. These kinds of policies make the middle class out of reach and lead to the feeling of being left behind. It is this anger at supposedly being left behind that has driven this latest appalling exercise in American democracy. But it is misdirected anger, for it is the Republican Party that keeps creating a world where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Meanwhile, white working-class voters continue to vote for a party that uses their anger as a pawn for power, because even as party elites squirrel wealth and power away into their own hands, they offer whiteness — and in particular, white supremacy — as the coveted trophy, gilded though it may be.
Trump’s victory also isn’t solely the result of angry white working-class voters. Based on exit polls, 49 percent of college-educated white voters voted for Trump. Clinton had a slight edge with college-educated white women at 51 percent, but a resounding 45 percent of college-educated white women still voted for Trump. In the end whiteness, rather than class, or gender was the great unifier in Trump’s victory.