Trump one year later: The Deplorables knew all along

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Trump one year later: The Deplorables knew all along

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By John Ruberry

‘Many are the strange chances of the world,’ said Mithrandir, ‘and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise fal­ter.’”
Mithrandir (Gan­dalf), in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Simar­il­lion.

This week greets the first anniver­sary of Don­ald J. Trump’s his­toric elec­tion to the presidency.

His­toric? Yes. Trump is first first non-​politician – or for­mer gen­eral – ever elected to the nation’s high­est office. The Man­hat­tan bil­lion­aire was one of 17 can­di­dates for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion and it’s very safe to say that among the GOP estab­lish­ment, Trump was the least pop­u­lar mem­ber of this group.

But among the unpol­ished masses – the folks that Hillary Clin­ton dubbed “Deplorables” a year later – Trump was their cham­pion. House Speaker Paul Ryan said after Trump’s upset win over Clin­ton, said that the president-​elect, “Heard a voice that no one else heard.”

Clin­ton, on the other hand, was clearly the choice of the Demo­c­ra­tic Party insid­ers, and that point was dri­ven home last week by Donna Brazile, the interim DNC chair when Trump scored his upset win.

Trump was branded a racist when he said that Mex­ico was send­ing “rapists” and “crim­i­nals” over the bor­der and he vowed to build a wall at the Mex­i­can bor­der. Was he wrong to say that? Yes. But Trump revealed a glar­ing hypocrisy among the Repub­li­can Party. The GOP’s idea of “get­ting tough” on ille­gal immi­gra­tion was to talk tough about ille­gal immi­gra­tion. And sud­denly, the emerg­ing Trump base learned, here was a can­di­date who will do some­thing about ille­gal aliens – who yes, not only take away Amer­i­can jobs, such as in food ser­vice, but also drive down wages.

Barack Obama waxed elo­quently – he’s good at that – about the plight of the laid-​off work­ers at a May­tag refrig­er­a­tor plant in Gales­burg, Illi­nois – the man­u­fac­turer shifted that work to a fac­tory in Mex­ico, both in his mem­o­rable keynote speech at the 2004 Demo­c­ra­tic National Con­ven­tion and in Audac­ity of Hope. Trump vowed – and vows – to stop the exo­dus of blue col­lar jobs to south of the bor­der. After eight years of Pres­i­dent Obama in charge, whose response to these job losses was to offer retrain­ing to work­ers for scarce jobs in “green indus­tries,” Trump’s mes­sage res­onated. While Clin­ton doubled-​down on green fail­ure.

Last week Rush Lim­baugh praised Trump’s mak­ing an issue dur­ing the cam­paign of China cheat­ing on trade deals and its cur­rency manip­u­la­tion “China is rip­ping us off on trade,” Trump screamed. At the time El Rusho saw it as too eso­teric of a topic for pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. But the “weak” under­stood while the “wise” faltered.

And the Deplorables of Iowa, Penn­syl­va­nia, Wis­con­sin, and Michi­gan – many of whom voted twice for Barack Obama – went with Trump last year.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Eagle River, Wisconsin

By John Ruberry

“‘Many are the strange chances of the world,’ said Mithrandir, ‘and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.'”
Mithrandir (Gandalf), in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Simarillion.

This week greets the first anniversary of Donald J. Trump’s historic election to the presidency.

Historic? Yes. Trump is first first non-politician–or former general–ever elected to the nation’s highest office. The Manhattan billionaire was one of 17 candidates for the Republican nomination and it’s very safe to say that among the GOP establishment, Trump was the least popular member of this group.

But among the unpolished masses–the folks that Hillary Clinton dubbed “Deplorables” a year later–Trump was their champion. House Speaker Paul Ryan said after Trump’s upset win over Clinton, said that the president-elect, “Heard a voice that no one else heard.”

Clinton, on the other hand, was clearly the choice of the Democratic Party insiders, and that point was driven home last week by Donna Brazile, the interim DNC chair when Trump scored his upset win.

Trump was branded a racist when he said that Mexico was sending “rapists” and “criminals” over the border and he vowed to build a wall at the Mexican border. Was he wrong to say that? Yes. But Trump revealed a glaring hypocrisy among the Republican Party. The GOP’s idea of “getting tough” on illegal immigration was to talk tough about illegal immigration. And suddenly, the emerging Trump base learned, here was a candidate who will do something about illegal aliens–who yes, not only take away American jobs, such as in food service, but also drive down wages.

Barack Obama waxed eloquently–he’s good at that–about the plight of the laid-off workers at a Maytag refrigerator plant in Galesburg, Illinois–the manufacturer shifted that work to a factory in Mexico, both in his memorable keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and in Audacity of Hope. Trump vowed–and vows–to stop the exodus of blue collar jobs to south of the border. After eight years of President Obama in charge, whose response to these job losses was to offer retraining to workers for scarce jobs in “green industries,” Trump’s message resonated. While Clinton doubled-down on green failure.

Last week Rush Limbaugh praised Trump’s making an issue during the campaign of China cheating on trade deals and its currency manipulation “China is ripping us off on trade,” Trump screamed. At the time El Rusho saw it as too esoteric of a topic for presidential campaign. But the “weak” understood while the “wise” faltered.

And the Deplorables of Iowa, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan–many of whom voted twice for Barack Obama–went with Trump last year.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.