‘Trump has repeatedly appealed to unhappy whites with his denunciation of Mexican immigrants, his defense of white supremacist protesters, and his attacks on black athletes protesting for racial justice. Thursday's Oval Office excoriation of "s---hole countries" in Africa and the Caribbean simply followed that pattern. […] Emily Ekins, director of polling at the libertarian Cato Institute, identified five groups of Trump voters as part of a broader Democracy Fund study of the 2016 election. Key to his emergence, she concluded, was the 20 percent segment she called "preservationists," who stood out for their "nativist and ethno-cultural conception of American identity." "American Preservationists comprise the core Trump constituency that propelled him to victory in the early Republican primaries," Ekins wrote. She characterized them as having low levels of education, income and political information, watching lots of television, and offering strong professions of Christian faith combined with infrequent church attendance. […] "They are far more likely to have a strong sense of their own racial identity," Ekins wrote. "They take the most restrictionist approach to immigration – staunchly opposing not just illegal but legal immigration as well, and intensely supporting a temporary Muslim travel ban.” "They feel the greatest amount of angst over race relations. They believe that anti-white discrimination is as pervasive as other forms of discrimination."’ Trump's racial provocations, so shocking in the White House, helped get him there “Preservationists” is of course a variation on the same tedious, wrongheaded reactionary theme: conservatives fearful of change, diversity, and an inclusive society. Otherwise, the above perfectly outlines most, if not all, Trump apologists – indeed, prime examples can be found on this very forum.