“They’re on the Spectrum”

Understanding the Composition and Constraints of Trump’s Support

By Edward Hamburg

What was frightening about the 2020 presidential election was the 74 million of our fellow citizens that voted for Donald Trump, eleven million more than in 2016. How was this possible? This anguished question merited the headline of a timely New York Times op-ed piece with the subhead decrying how Trump’s strategy of ignoring the raging ineptly-managed pandemic mostly worked for Republicans. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin spoke for many when he expressed the same disbelief in…