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    Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

    When I read "Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected"(in Washington Post), I was ready to read along. But all of a sudden, the report stopped, leaving me quite disappointed.

    I wonder whether you native English would have the same feeling when reading the closing sentence.

    The purpose of the thread is to see how my English sense is going.





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    This kind of stereotyping and scapegoating is a dismaying consequence of the narrative that working-class Americans swept Trump into the White House. Its time to let go of that narrative.


    What deserves to die isnt Americas working-class communities. Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected.


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    Re: Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    When I read "It’s the myth that they’re the reason Trump was elected" (in the Washington Post), I was ready to read along. But all of a sudden, that was the end of the report, stopped, leaving me and I felt quite disappointed.

    I wonder whether you native English speakers would have the same feeling when reading the closing sentence.

    The purpose of the thread is I'm trying to see how my English sense comprehension is going.



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    This kind of stereotyping and scapegoating is a dismaying consequence of the narrative that working-class Americans swept Trump into the White House. It’s time to let go of that narrative.


    What deserves to die isn’t America’s working-class communities. It’s the myth that they’re the reason Trump was elected.


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    The "it's" in the second sentence refers back to "what deserves to dies" in the first. Rewriting that text, we get:

    What deserves to die isn’t America’s working-class communities but the myth that they’re the reason Trump was elected.

    In other words, the myth (not the working-class communities) deserves to die.

    So, to answer your question, the original text is fine.

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    Re: Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

    I am not sure what you are asking about. What did you expect to follow those words?

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    Re: Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

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    I am not sure what you are asking about. What did you expect to follow those words?
    I was expecting to read some answers for breaking up the myth. Yet what I saw was simpy a curse. That is why I was disappointed.

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    Re: Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

    That is the ending of the opinion piece. Literally the entire piece is arguments for why the "myth" is a myth.

    My opinion is that this writer is beating up a strawman. It is not the idea that "most Trump voters were working class" that is important, but that he captured significant numbers of them (and like-minded folks) with a message designed for their sentiments. Significant enough to win the rust belt states that made the difference.

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    Re: Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

    You were disappointed because the writer didn't give you some answers for the myth? Maybe you haven't read the entire piece.

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    Re: Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    You were disappointed because the writer didn't give you some answers for the myth? Maybe you haven't read the entire piece.
    Of course I've read it through before posting the thread.

    If you think there is some answer in the main body of the report or in the whole of the report, please show me one.

    Thanks in anticipation.

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    Re: Its the myth that theyre the reason Trump was elected

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The whole article busts the myth, as suggested.
    Yeah, it is quite clear that the whole article busts the myth.

    But to me, it also creates a myth, new and larger, out of busting the myth: People who are well educated and well fed have irrationally voted Trump who has been assaulting fundamental liberal democratic values cherished by generations of Americans.

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