we are currently living in a period of what is called a "backlash."
Backlash is a reaction to considerable leaps forward in civil rights for minority groups (hence why conservative and "performative-progressive" politicians are often called "reactionary"). 1/
The election of Barack Obama is around the time this backlash started, and it's only grown in amplitude since then.
Backlashes normally start as short-lived fringe movements and die off just as quickly. 3/
And as a result, Trump's politics are a direct reflection of that backlash. 5/
Reagan's was powered by a weird antithetical combination of neglect and deliberate sabotage, but the Trump backlash... 8/
So imagine what this does to kids as a reflection of the original fringe movement sparked by racial fear and toxic masculinity.