Democrats continue to alienate the white working class
Everyone who follows politics knows that the core of Donald Trump’s popular support comes from white people without college degrees, who represent a huge 42 percent of the US population.
But a major new study from Gallup shows that this key middle-American demographic has titled sharply Republican for twenty years — starting long before President Trump drew their support. In fact, looking at the popular vote in each of this century’s elections, Trump’s 46.1 percent fell below the 47.5 percent average of the five previous GOP nominees.
How, then, did he win the White House where McCain and Romney failed? The answer is Hillary Clinton’s appalling weakness as a candidate more than Trump’s unique strength. With Democrats lurching leftward toward reparations, Medicare for all and a Green New Deal, they seem ready to repeat their mistake by nominating a radical ideologue with scant chance of victory.