After Mourning the Charleston Shooting Victims, White People Still Voted Trump

People pray outside Charleston’s AME Emmanuel Church two days after Dylann Roof shot nine people. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Marjorie
McIver said she didn’t want to talk politics. She was mindful about how she
would be perceived, how her words might be used, or misused, no matter how
carefully she explained herself. I want to talk about her, though, because her story upends a central narrative surrounding Donald Trump’s victory, that personal pain makes people susceptible to those, like our president-elect, willing their exploit anguish.

She deftly veered our
discussion away from the 2016 election after I asked her about the possibility
that Hillary Clinton could become this country’s female president. This was in
early February, two weeks before Trump won the Republican primary in our
home state of South Carolina. He’d receive nearly 50 percent of the vote in Horry County, where

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