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White America: The Presidential Election Upset That Trumped Them All

A look at how Donald Trump gained the support of white America, through a historical lens.

November 10, 2016

Historian and best-selling author Rick Shenkman shares his insights about how and why Donald Trump won the presidential election. He talks with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna and Political Analyst Joni Balter about white voters and how Donald Trump gained their support to become the 45th President of the United States.


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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Joni Balter

Joni Balter is a multi-media journalist and lecturer at Seattle University and the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Policy and Governance. A KCTS 9 political analyst and advisor, she has contributed to KUOW and Bloomberg View, and was a columnist for The Seattle Times. More stories by Joni Balter