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Trump was able to convince rural and working-class people that he was the answer to their collective malaise.
Economic anxiety, which Never Trumpers are so wont to point out as the reason for his success, is intimately tied to cultural issues, because the anxiety is seen as a product of unfair cultural decline.
People have always engaged in assortative mating of some kind or another, but as social scientist Charles Murray explains in his book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010,” there was a shift to a particular type of mating in the ‘60s which continues through the present day.
As cognitive ability became the most valued aspect of human capital––and the biggest predictive indicator for professional success––people began marrying others with similar intellect.
Thirty-eight percent of Democrats shared the same feeling about Republicans––in 1994 it was 16 percent.
It can be based on innate characteristics, such as race and ethnicity, or socioeconomic backgrounds.
Humans naturally form groups, but when rampant partisanship is the foundation upon which the group lies, extreme politicians are those most likely to win their sympathy.
If a progressive doesn’t want to date a conservative and vice versa, that’s perfectly fine. But as a political protest, this form of virtue-signaling is counterproductive in the long run.
Social and cultural issues create severe disagreement because they trigger the emotional part of the brain: the disagreement challenges a core part of group identity.
This is exactly the type of schism that an arrogant demagogue like Trump exploits.