Donald Trump and the Rise of White Identity in Politics

By Eric D. Knowles, New York University and Linda R. Tropp, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Many political commentators credit Donald Trump's rise to white voters' antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities. However, we believe this focus on racial resentment obscures another important aspect of racial thinking.

In a study of white Americans' attitudes and candidate preferences, we found that Trump's success reflects the rise of "white identity politics" - an attempt to protect...

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