2016 Revolt of the Deplorables: The Forgotten Working Class

Once upon a time, America’s Democratic Party was a party of Christians and of the working class.

No more.

The Democratic Party under Obama and Hillary Clinton is now the Godless, reflexively-antiChristian party of the arrogant financial-MSM-intellectual-Hollywood globalist elites and the nonworking, welfare-dependent underclass.

If the Democratic Party were personified, it would be a morbidly-obese gender-ambiguous thing with a tiny pinhead.

Nothing made the devolution of the Democratic Party more vivid than the historic presidential election of 2016.

Exhibit A

Writing for the NYP‘s Page Six on Nov. 12, 2016, Maureen Callahan explained why celebrity endorsements didn’t help Hillary at all:

Forbes reported that at least 20 of those named to their Celebrity 100 list of top-paid entertainers publicly supported Hillary Clinton….

It’s an old saw in conservative circles that Hollywood liberals — and, by extension, the cultural and coastal elite — are out of touch with mainstream America.

This unprecedented election proves, now more than ever, how true that is. While celebrities spoke of social issues, of preserving Obama’s legacy, of the first female president, a huge swath of America voted for one reason: rage at being left behind, economically and culturally…..

Clinton called half of Trump’s supporters “a basket of deplorables” — something J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” told The Post was “incredibly reductionist.”

“Like a lot of people on the left, Hillary seems to want to put the Trump phenomenon on racial anxiety,” he said. “It’s a really oversimplified way to address the concerns of millions of people who feel invisible to elites.” …

That those who have money, fame, privilege and status and have no cause to worry — and fail to do so — can only further divide the country and alienate those who, rightly, feel unseen, unheard and looked down upon….

“The forgotten man and woman,” Trump tweeted after winning, “will never be forgotten again….

Not since “Roseanne” went off the air in 1997 has America seen a realistic depiction of what it is to be struggling, white and working class on mainstream TV. …

National news outlets, too, share the blame. As the election cycle neared its end, as Trump won the nomination, the New York Times, the New Yorker and many other highbrow publications sent reporters out into the heartland, attempting vivisections of just who these idiotic, racist, uneducated Americans supporting Trump were….

To so much of the media, these Americans are invisible — useful to movie studios, to entertainers and comics on tour, but otherwise relegated to “flyover country,” the ignominious swath of America so dubbed by the elite.

“We’re more socially isolated than ever,” Vance wrote in “Hillbilly Elegy.” “Not having a job is stressful, and not having enough money to live on is even more so.”

Exhibit B

Even Bill Clinton recognized the working class’s plight, for which Hillary had a deaf ear. In a remarkable speech at a fundraiser for Hillary in Chesapeake Beach, MD, on October 19, 2015, Bill actually agreed with one of Trump’s campaign themes — the U.S. political system is rigged against working class Americans.

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, one of Bill Clinton’s closest advisers said that Bill Clinton felt he was ignored by Hillary’s top advisers when he urged them to make the economy the centerpiece of her campaign. (See also my post of March 29, 2016, “Hillary Clinton ignores husband Bill’s phone calls”.)

In the waning days of the presidential campaign, Bill and Hillary had a knock-down, drag-out fight over her blaming FBI Director James Comey for her slump in the polls. Bill’s close adviser said:

“I was with Bill in Little Rock when he had this shouting match with Hillary on the phone and she accused Comey for reviving the investigation into her use of a private email server and reversing her campaign’s momentum.

Bill didn’t buy the excuse that Comey would cost Hillary the election. As far as he was concerned, all the blame belonged to [Hillary’s campaign manager Robby] Mook, [campaign chairman John] Podesta and Hillary because they displayed a tone-deaf attitude about the feeble economy and its impact on millions and millions of working-class voters.

Bill was so red in the face during his conversation with Hillary that I worried he was going to have a heart attack. He got so angry that he threw his phone off the roof of his penthouse apartment and toward the Arkansas River.

Despite more and more government assistance, blacks weren’t economically any better off, and black-on-black crime was destroying their communities. He said Hillary should have gone into the South Side of Chicago and condemned the out-of-control violence.”

Note: Bill Clinton has a luxurious penthouse apartment with an outdoor garden at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock. (See “Bill Clinton gets foot massages from interns in his penthouse at presidential library“)

Exhibit C

The observations by Bill Clinton and Page Six columnist Maureen Callahan are borne out by exit poll data (CBS News, Washington Post, ABC News).

First, let’s address the pinhead of the Democratic Party — the financial-intellectual-Hollywood globalist elites — by using college education and income as a marker for elitism:

  • 58% of voters with postgraduate (beyond a Bachelor’s degree) college education voted for Hillary, vs. 37% for Trump.
  • 72% of white voters without a college degree voted for Trump vs. 23% for Hillary. The advantage Trump had among whites without a college degree compared with whites who graduated from college was the largest seen in exit polls for a Republican since the surveys started in 1972.
  • Although there was a gender gap between Trump vs. Hillary voters (53% of men voted for Trump vs. 41% Hillary; 42% of women voted for Trump vs. 54% Hillary), the gender gap disappeared when you factor in college education, which is a mark of elitism:
    • Whereas 51% of white women with a college degree voted for Hillary vs. 45% for Trump, 62% of white, non-college women voted for Trump vs. 34% Hillary.

Next, let’s address the morbidly obese body of the Democratic Party — the nonworking, welfare-dependent underclass — by using race as a marker:

  • 88% of blacks voted for Hillary vs. just 8% for Trump.
  • 93% of black women (many of whom are single mothers on welfare) voted for Hillary vs. 4% for Trump. In contrast, fewer black men (80%) voted for Hillary vs. 13% for Trump.

The 2016 election was also a vote against Obama:

  • 46% of all voters said the next president’s policies should be more conservative than Obama’s.
  • Only 28% said the next president should continue Obama’s policies, while even fewer (18%) thought the next president should have even more liberal polices than Obama’s.

If the Democratic Party — and the GOP elite — refuse to recognize the plight and demands of America’s working class, both parties are headed for extinction, deservedly.

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