Episode 22: The 'Liberal Redneck' Explains How He Talks to His Trump Supporting Friends

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Comedian Trae Crowder sat down with ATTN: to talk about his Trump supporting friends from rural Tennessee, where he grew up. Crowder, who also goes by the nickname "Liberal Redneck," says that people opposing Trump spend too much time blaming poor white voters for Trump's election last year. While Crowder can't speak for the more affluent white people who voted for Trump, he does say that the poor white voters he knows were not primarily motivated by racism, xenophobia, or misogyny.

"Statistically, all white people voted for [Trump]," Crowder said. "But it feels like [his win] gets laid on working class people, on poor white people."

"I don't think that's fair," he continued.

In addition to talking about the Trump supporters in his life, Crowder also discussed what it was like growing up as a liberal in the South.

For more of Trae, you can check out his YouTube videos, and the book he wrote, "The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark."

Crowder also recently teamed up with ATTN: to make a video about food stamps. 

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