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Elites vs Trump Voters


Jim Sleeper, author and lecturer in political science at Yale University, argues that party elites have created Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and Trump's popularity exposes a "vacuum" in American political discourse.Sleeper said there's a need to "rattle the cage of the establishment," especially in the Democratic party.But that shouldn't mean that anything goes.Sleeper also made a point about the so-called elites who look down their noses at Trump supporters: "We’ve used our classism to condemn their racism…without understanding that we were contributing to the sense of alienation and dispossession with our own disdain."


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 2016-03-21  23m