President Donald Trump’s campaign to protect the suburbs is on target, says Jessica Trounstine, a political science professor at the University of California, Merced.
“The Trump campaign isn’t wrong to think that white suburban voters—the obvious target of the McCloskeys’ speech—would oppose apartment construction in their neighborhoods,” she admits in The Atlantic magazine on Wednesday.
“In a nationally representative survey of metropolitan areas that I conducted last year, a substantial majority of homeowners revealed a strong preference for single-family development and opposition to apartments,” she wrote.
“They also overwhelmingly agreed that residents of a community should get a vote on what is built there,” Trounstine wrote.
Trounstine does accuse President Donald Trump of stoking fears about the fact that Democrats and the left see forced diversity of neighbors as necessary to end discrimination against people because of their skin color or income. And then there’s the abhorrence of individual rights.