06:25 - Source: CNN
What happens after Election Day?

Story highlights

"A lot of folks are actually relatively pessimistic," he said

Trump won 72% of white men without a college degree, exit polls show

Washington CNN —  

Many white, working-class voters who supported Donald Trump are “relatively pessimistic” that the president-elect can solve their problems, says author J.D. Vance.

“I think a lot of folks are actually relatively pessimistic about whether Trump can solve all of their problems,” said Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” “There is this recognition that there isn’t necessarily a political solution to all of these issues.”

Trump won 72% of white men without a college degree and 62% of white women without a college degree, according to exit polling.

Vance, who grew up poor in the Rust Belt, said many Trump voters do not support his offensive campaign trail rhetoric about Latinos, African-Americans and other groups.

“I definitely think there’s an element of racial anxiety to Trump’s support, but I think it would be a real mistake to chalk it all up to that or mostly to that,” said Vance, a Yale Law School graduate.

“The people I know that are voting for Donald Trump, a lot of times, they don’t like the rhetoric he’s using but they say, ‘We don’t like his rhetoric, but he’s the only guy that’s come along in a very long while who’s actually talked to those issues,’ ” he said.

Trump was backed by the KKK’s official newspaper and praised by white nationalists, such as former KKK leader David Duke. The Trump campaign disavowed Duke’s backing.