The 45th President of the United States appears in Hochschild’s book during his campaign for office, and specifically during his rally in New Orleans just before the Louisiana primary that he won. He was a Tea Party favorite and Hochschild’s Chapter 15 explores the affinities between his disregard for liberal feeling rules and the emotional self-interest of the conservative whites she met. Many Southern conservatives felt that, for the first time in a long time, Trump valued the endurance self and promised to give white workers the American Dream back.
Donald Trump Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land
The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Donald Trump or refer to Donald Trump. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the The New Press edition of Strangers in Their Own Land published in 2016.).
Chapter 15 Quotes
While economic self-interest is never entirely absent, what I discovered was the profound importance of emotional self-interest—a giddy release from the feeling of being a stranger in one’s own land.
Donald Trump Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land
The timeline below shows where the character Donald Trump appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15 – Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise
...A group organizes around a powerful shared symbol, or totem, which in this case is Trump himself. That totem unifies the crowd—Trump begins to consider his followers a “movement” and promises... (full context)
...rules of political correctness created a “high” that conservatives wanted to hold onto. Sticking with Trump became a matter of “emotional self-interest,” a factor that many analyses tend to ignore in... (full context)
On her last visit, about half of Hochschild’s friends in Louisiana backed Trump. Janice Areno and Donny McCorquodale were ardent supporters; Mike Schaff preferred Ted Cruz. Jackie Tabor,... (full context)
Chapter 16 – “They Say There Are Beautiful Trees”
...their lively discussions over dinner at Brother Cappy and Sister Fay’s—now, they are arguing about Trump, whom Donny supports and Mike opposes. And Madonna Massey throws a fit when her daughter... (full context)
...the troops, but the group saw some tension “between those who would vote for Donald Trump gleefully and those who would do so reluctantly.” Sally Cappel and Shirley Slack are still... (full context)
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
...of Strangers in Their Own Land was published in September 2016, just months before Donald Trump’s election. In the following year, Hochschild returned to Louisiana three times to check in on... (full context)
...Hochschild repeatedly visited Sharon Galicia, who initially favored Ted Cruz but warmed up to Donald Trump during the campaign when he called for keeping jobs in the United States and keeping... (full context)
...before celebrating their aid to Houston hurricane victims, even across racial lines. The Arenos favor Trump’s policies and specifically worry about their town’s influx of Mexican construction workers, whom they accuse... (full context)
...mails one to her in Berkeley. (The line is a response to Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters “a basket of deplorables” during the campaign.) Janice is “the staunchest of Trump fans,”... (full context)
...like the Aryan Nation and the Ku Klux Klan” while others saw themselves as “alt-right.” Trump openly equated the white nationalists with the liberals who protested them by suggesting that each... (full context)
...the South. After asking whether “white racism [is] the overriding source of support for Donald Trump” and the Tea Party, Hochschild suggests that many (but not all) of the people she... (full context)
...local mosques that would teach sharia law.” But Hochschild notes that Mitt Romney and Donald Trump won the same proportion of the white vote and she concludes that “Trump’s election did... (full context)
...with surrender and empathy with weakness.” In fact, many voters went for Obama and then Trump; many Trump supporters—a quarter—felt positively about Bernie Sanders and some initial Sanders supporters even switched... (full context)