This thread is for the discussion of voting demographics that feel disenfranchised by the current US political landscape. In the run up to the election I expect that there will be a lot of focus on the right-wing Trump supporters, but my impression is that there is widespread discontent across the political spectrum. Is there? And if so, how widespread is it and what are the causes?
(Despite the immediate focus on the US political landscape, examples from across the globe are welcomed, especially if you provide context.)
(Note: not about voter suppression, ID-laws, or the like. We have a different thread for that. Talking about why a group is afraid of that fits just fine, though.)
This year in particular has seen a number of popular movements across the political spectrum that feel disenfranchised or ill-served by current politics: Bernie Sander's supporters, Black Lives Matter, and of course the elephant in the room--Trump's fanbase.
I'm curious as to how significant this is, and what the causes are. Is this a thing? How could you possibly support that thing? Why aren't you already supporting that other thing? Do you feel disenfranchised?
I doubt that this will be made glorious summer by the election of this sun of Illinois and New York, so while I hope the tenor of the conversation will change post-election, it seems like there is a lot of fault lines across the entire spectrum.
I've not been satisfied by stopping at simple explanations; e.g. "it's because of racism" may be true, but doesn't tell us why the racism is manifesting in this way, at this moment. I admit that this is largely because I want to know the whys and the then-whats, so I'm approaching this a bit academically. I expect that some of you will have much more passionate viewpoints.