Novelist Paul Auster On Donald Trump’s Politics of Resentment: Vote It Down Today, or Forever Hold Your Peace

The 2008 election appeared to mark a high point in American politics--the moment when the United States elected its first black president and overcame its racist past. The 2016 election turned all of that into a mirage. The Trump candidacy, exploiting white working class resentments, has reminded us that racism is alive and well in America, and only gaining strength. And we're heading into today's election, as novelist Paul Auster puts its above, "on the verge of a nervous breakdown."

During this long election cycle, Trump has managed to insult women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Muslims and common decency itself. The good news is this: After listening to Trump's dangerous talk for 18 long months, we get the chance to speak today. If you resent Trump's politics of resentment, go to the polls and vote it down. Or hold your peace later. There's no better time to be an engaged citizen than today. Do your part.

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  • Hanoch says:

    Can’t we put the racist country nonsense to rest already? The US is undoubtedly the least racist, most tolerant country that exists (or, for that matter, has ever existed). Anyone with a scintilla of common sense knows why leftists keep playing the political race card — to keep the black vote firmly in the pocket of the Democratic party, without which, it would be incapable of winning elections.

    As for the current election, I suppose it comes down to voting for a man who has a tough time controlling his mouth, or a woman who is corrupt to the core. Not a great choice, but of the two, a corrupt politician is, by far, the greater risk.

    • Dan Colman says:

      Funny Hanoch that you fault Trump for blathering too much, and not for the actual content of what he says. It makes perfect sense, then, that you’d be oblivious to the problems with race in this country.

      Fortunately, some other conservatives have taken issue with the content of what Trump has said, which makes them less blinkered or disingenuous than you. Not sure which.


  • Alexis Alvarez says:

    “least racist, most tolerant country that exists”???

    Obviously, you’ve never travelled outside this country (Canada, New Zealand, or upper Scandinavia). As for “a woman who is corrupt to the core,” you’re obviously ignoring Trump’s scandals, and the 3,500 lawsuits and trials for fraud, breach of contract, or discrimination. And a very careful look at her 40+ year record of public service completely belies your comments. As does the fact that she’s been under investigation for one or another for the better part of the past 25 years, and has been exonerated every single time, by our Trump’s fellow Republicans, no less, and an FBI which is not a fan of hers by any measure. She may not be perfect, but she is clearly the ONLY qualified candidate of the four+ running for President.

    Trump is one of the one-percenters who will screw not just his followers and working class people, but all of the 99% in this country, and cause unimaginable economic havoc with his not-even-half-baked policies. He is, among many other things, a treasonous, incompetent disgrace (six bankruptcies* at this count), who can’t be trusted by his own people with his own Twitter feed.

    *And, even without the bankruptcies, if he had simply invested the millions he inherited from his father — who bailed him out numerous times, by the way — he’d be worth far, FAR more than he is today, but we’ll never know the exact numbers because he’s refused to release his tax returns — wonder just what it is that he’s so damned terrified of us finding out?

    If he wins, I can only wish you — and the rest of us — the best of luck. We’re going to need it.

  • Randy says:

    Wonder what I said that got my comment eaten.

  • Randy says:

    By the way, censorship of opposing viewpoints is one reason people voted Trump.

  • Hanoch says:


    I am hardly insensitive to issues of racism, and would heartily support appropriate sanctions against those who truly perpetrate racist acts. The main difference between us is that I am not willing to lie, as you and your fellow leftists are, about what constitutes racism — remember the “hands up, don’t shoot” fraud that harmed so many innocent people? — to stoke division among citizens and score political points. If demanding evidence of racism before making asinine claims makes me “blinkered” in the eyes of leftists, them I am honored to wear that badge.

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