Donald Trump is cartoonishly evil, to an extent that sometimes blows even my jaded, cynical mind. But he is not a “cancer on American democracy,” as many smart, thoughtful mainstream commentators think, including many of my left-leaning liberal friends whose opinions i value and respect. He is a REFLECTION of U.S. (racialized/gendered capitalist) democracy. The fact that so many white working class people can even conceive of him as an alternative (as opposed to not voting or voting third party) is a reflection on BOTH his main rival, a faithful representative of a neoliberal elite that has so thoroughly alienated working class voters of all genders and ethnicities, AND of how deeply and thoroughly patriarchy and white supremacy are ingrained in white working class consciousness, identity, and culture. To recognize one and not the other is to gloss over the problem at best, to contribute to it at worst. And the dominant electoralist discourse pushed by the Hillary campaign, which demonizes and ostracizes non-voting and third-party voting, certainly makes everything worse.