Trump’s appeal towards a ‘lost generation’

“Why Donald Trump appeals to disaffected white voters,” by Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune. Published on November 10, 2015.

Clarence Page explains in a logical and non-partisan way fashion why Trump appeals towards “disaffected white voters.” Page does this by appealing to logos, pathos, and ethos to explain what age gaps of people Trump appeals. The author begins his post by explaining a moment of thought that rushed to him upon analyzing the trends of Trump’s supporters. He has learned that “middle-aged white Americans with a high school diploma or less have been dying in record numbers.” At first, this point sounds unpurposeful to his composition, but as the post develops, Page pronounces his purpose for this statistic: the people who resemble this health effect are from a lost generation: “About half of his supporters were between 45 and 64 years old, another 34 percent were over 65[,] and less than 2 percent were younger than 30.”

“What strikes me is how today’s middle-aged, lower-income white Americans, wedged between the baby boomers and the millennials, make up the leading edge of a generation that came of age after the prosperity of the 1950s and 1960s — a big peace dividend of robust New Deal spending and high-paying, low-skill factory jobs.”

While a blend consisting of personal observations and statistics may frequently seem risky for logos, Page’s usage of it achieves a comfortable stance on a fact.


2 thoughts on “Trump’s appeal towards a ‘lost generation’

  1. Harrison,

    What an interesting topic! I primarily assumed Trump has only gained popularity due to his role in Hollywood, however Clarence’s reasoning for his position in the presidential race is reliable. Do you believe Trump’s campaign will die out? Or will it prevail due to his new “lost generation” supporters?


  2. Nice post, Harrison. I would be interested to see the numbers on the income/level of education of the average person to vote for Obama in 2008. I would guess that most of his votes came from lower income and lower educated people, too.


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