Historians will say that the “Trump bubble” finally burst one day in December 2017. In an astonishing turn of events, the white people’s white president was dealt a knockout blow by black voters, and, even more so, by black female voters. But did the ”Trump bubble,” as The Washington Post called it, really burst Tuesday in Alabama? And it is indeed only a bubble?
It might be a sign of excessive optimism to jump to conclusions after a local election, and to write off Donald Trump and consign him to the history books. Still, in the outcome of these special elections in the most conservative state in the South one can see the unmistakable signs of the presence of all the conditions for a process that would rapidly dispel the phenomenon embodied by the Manhattan tycoon.
Roy Moore, the Republican candidate defeated on Tuesday, was a kind of Trump figure himself on the local stage. Accused of sexually abusing teenage girls, representative of a conservatism bordering on white supremacism and racism, he had been rejected by the Republican establishment in Washington after revelations about his past as a child molester. However, Trump, backed by Steve Bannon, decided to support him in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, the inept and bigoted head of the Justice Department whom the president himself detests for not having shielded him from the Russiagate bombshell.