- 14 Jun 18
New Yorker reporter Lawrence Wright on his brilliant new book God Saves Texas, Donald Trump, adventures with Hunter S. Thompson and more
"I think it will inevitably go Democratic," says Wright. "When you look at the demography, it's 40 percent Hispanic, so we have a majority-minority state. It would be a Democratic state if the minority population - especially the Hispanic population - actually went to the polls. We have 29 million Texans, and 19 million are registered to vote, but only 9 million of them voted in the Presidential election.
"My feeling is that, first of all, Trump and Hillary Clinton were the two most disliked candidates in American history, so there wasn't much of a pull to the polls. But if the people who registered actually went to the polls and voted, then Texas would turn blue very quickly."
For all of the conservatism in the state, Wright talks in the book of the Texas' extraordinary diversity. For example, the city where he lives, Austin - thanks to the presence of the SXSW festival and globally renowned filmmakers like Boyhood director Richard Linklater - has become a major hive of cultural activity.