I agree with ideas being expressed by Senator Bernie Sanders during the past few months about income inequality and the need to reduce power of the wealthy. But, his recent comments that he has the ability to gather together those now supporting Donald Trump is not merely wishful thinking, it is completely wrong. “What Trump has done with some success is taken that anger from those fears, which are legitimate, and unleashed them into anger against Mexicans, against Muslims.”
Bernie, it is not merely income inequality that drives that anger. Its foundation is hatred toward Hispanics, hatred toward Muslims, hatred toward those who are socially, if not economically, below the white working class. Yes, these people hate the wealthy, but their hate is more vicious toward minority groups. This is an old pattern in American history. Donald Trump is merely the latest demagogue who uses prejudice to gain political power. If there were no wealthy, these white groups would still be hating Mexicans and Muslims.