The Atlantic

Meet the Trumpverstehers

We know about the president’s most vocal supporters. But what about his more discreet following?
Source: Leah Millis / Reuters

A few years ago, the Germans created one of the compound nouns in which their language excels. The Russlandverstehers—literally, “Russia understanders”—were those who while not openly supporting Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea expressed sympathetic acceptance of it. They would never openly endorse the stealing of elections or the assassination of journalists, of course, but they understood the circumstances that lead to such unfortunate things, and the larger impulse to rough behavior to restore Russian national pride and enhance Russian prestige.

I propose the term in a similar spirit. These are not the mass of his supporters who fear the loss of jobs to global trade or automation; they are not the rural white Americans who feel threatened by

Citiți o mostră, înregistrați-vă pentru a citi în continuare.

Mai multe de la The Atlantic

The Atlantic7 min citite
Cheer Is Built on a Pyramid of Broken Bodies
Netflix’s new docuseries doesn’t flinch at the danger that cheerleaders regularly subject themselves to.
The Atlantic2 min citite
Hitchens Remembered
On the occasion of this year’s Hitchens Prize, a look back at tributes to Christopher Hitchens by Atlantic writers at the time of his death
The Atlantic6 min cititePolitics
Hong Kong’s Protesters Finally Have (Some) Power
Newly elected representatives are among those trying to turn the demonstrations into a permanent prodemocracy movement.