Instead of trying to show middle class America voters that conservatism can bring prosperity, the National Review attacks Trump by condemning middle class Americans!
The way the National Review attacks Trump represents something of a shift. For the most part, those opposing Donald Trump have faced a delicate challenge in not alienating his supporters. Apparently, the National Review has now decided to solve the problem by writing off the voters who are attracted to Trump. Kevin Williamson reportedly does this in a recent article. Unhappily, it is behind a paywall. But the Daily Caller reports,
National Review’s Kevin Williamson believes Donald Trump’s appeals to the white working class are “immoral” because that demographic’s way of life deserves to die out.
According to Williamson, all blue collar problems are essentially self-inflicted.
“If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy—which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog—you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that,” Williamson state.
He then goes on to make the conclusion that it’s great these communities are dying out because they have a warped morality and are a dead weight on the economy.
So, according to Williamson, the Republican establishment is right to ignore these votes and Trump’s desire to represent them is just more evidence that he is evil.
Williamson probably is right about some members of the “working class.” But I doubt he is accurately characterizing all the support for Trump. For example, Trump won New Hampshire because he had wide support from both men and women at all levels of education.
A better term than “blue collar” or “working class” is “middle America.” On the eve of Super Tuesday Patrick Buchanan spoke about anger among middle class Americans and the perils of ignoring them as a voter base (especially at 2:51).
It seems that rather than respecting Buchanan’s advice (without necessarily agreeing with everything he says) the National Review is going to mock Trump supporters as the residents of “flyover country” and “bitter clingers.”