David Remnick weighs in with his take on Trump which I thought might have some interesting analysis given his gravitas as head of the New Yorker, but in tucking into it it’s just more disgusted pearl clutching, more elegantly stated than usual, but still the same as most liberal (and even many conservative) takes on Trump. IE ignorant, racist, gullible followers being led like rats by an evil, bloviating demagogic Pied Piper, rinse and repeat.
Is this snapshot really accurate though? Is this neat little chunk of analysis *really *why so many people, the conservative working and managerial class people we rely on day to day to make reasoned judgements about building things, wiring things, working out payrolls and fixing our problems have chosen Trump as the preferred flavor? The same conservative people who might look at Trump haters as idiots because they can’t follow simple instructions and directions, take care of their cars, or figure our their taxes. Much as we would like to sneer these people aren’t idiots, and in many cases their IQ’s and skillsets are equal to or better than our own.
So if we’re not, on average, smarter than them or more logical than them why is Trump their preferred flavor?
Is it possible that on some level Trump is actually speaking truth to power? The usual real concerns for the GOP elite, evangelicals, and business class over the past few decades have been issues like no abortion, unreserved support for Israel, and no taxes for the 1%. Someone really speaking to the everyday concerns of the GOP working class and patriotic conservative underclass was rare.
Good service jobs being taken by illegal immigrants willing to work harder for less were not a focused concern for the GOP business class, but it might well be a real world contributing reason the patriotic conservative’s brother did not have construction or landscaping job. And to them no one seems to be taking that issue head on with no apologies or equivocations other than Trump.
And really, did these people really care all that much about libertarian values, restricting abortion, supporting Israel unequivocally, and no new taxes on millionaires and billionaires? No, their concerns were more mundane and immediate. Safety, jobs and someone capable of getting stuff done appeals to them more than a politician bragging about being the best obstructionist ever which has been the GOP’s main job description for some time.
Trump may be a self interested PT Barnum but for this class he’s speaking directly to their concerns.