New Study Finds ‘Racial Resentment’ at Heart of ‘Tea Party’ Movement / Sputnik International

“From the beginning,” of the movement, he tells me, “what you’re seeing is this sort of racially-coded rhetoric. So, right from the beginning, you have a very great explanation of conservative politics of the last 30 years — which is plutocratic policies being wrapped up in racist rhetoric in order to benefit a plutocratic agenda. And you have a lot of white middle class and working class people who have bought into that agenda.”

“What Fox News has done is taken that model and actually weaponized it, politicized it, and used it to attack policies that benefit the vast majority of Americans,” McElwee argues, even as the Rightwing network’s viewers have little clue how they are being played. “What we have in a lot of cases are people who are very frustrated about what is going on, but lack the political knowledge to actually understand the causal mechanism for how this bad thing is happening. And if you don’t have that, if you don’t connect government policy to your lived experiences — what you end up doing is saying ‘I’m upset, I don’t know why my life is bad’. And if someone tells you your life is bad because ‘immigrants are taking your jobs’, or ‘the government is helping black people with your tax dollars’, people are susceptible to that message.”
-Seen McElwee (quoted on Sputnik News)
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