Opinion Democrats Still Don't Get Why They Lost the Working Class to Donald Trump

18:37  10 august  2017
18:37  10 august  2017 Source:   U.S. News & World Report

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Liberals have lots of theories for why working class whites abandoned them . The white working class , and America overall has rejected identity politics by electing Donald Trump , but the Democrats don ’ t care, and will have the political party they have chosen.

The white working - class voter is a subject of excessive interest these days. Having helped swing the election in Donald Trump ’s favor I don ' t think the white working - class voters that Democrats lost are going to come rushing back if next time around they just organize a better campaign.

UNITED STATES - JULY 24: From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., attend a rally with House and Senate Democrats to announce 'A Better Deal' economic agenda in Berryville, Va., on July 24, 2017. The plan aims to increase wages and lower expenses for Americans.: Democrats don't get it.© (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images) Democrats don't get it.

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Last year I was one of the Republicans crying out to anyone who would hear me that it would be a mistake to nominate Donald Trump to be the GOP standard bearer for president. There were a thousand reasons why I didn't think Trump was worthy, but the biggest was that I didn't want the Republican Party to lose.

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In short, Donald Trump got 80 percent of that vote," he said, astounded at the cultural shift among Appalachians. Why is this astounding? Because nothing gets eighty percent in this world, especially in politics, except for the numbers Democrats get in the inner cities.

The Democrats Don ’ t Need to Cooperate With Donald Trump . Who's winning, who's losing , and why . The people who are terrified by Trump ’s victory—not white working class Trump voters—need Democrats to represent them .

I was worried about the Hillary Clinton campaign. I was worried that they would be able to duplicate the tactics that had worked successfully for President Obama; that she was a poised, smart candidate who would outwit Trump; that the Democrats would hold their base: Even if they saw some slippage with African-American voters, women across the country would flock to her and put the party over the top.

But I've learned a lot in the last 12 months.

Democrats were stunned by Trump's victory. So were the rest of us, including the Trump team. Dems blamed the electoral college, they blamed people on the Clinton campaign, they blamed Hillary Clinton herself for not visiting Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan enough (as if a few more rallies would have made the difference between winning and losing) because they don't get it.

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Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats ? The bigotry now spewing forth from Donald Trump and several of his Republican rivals is an extension of this old race card, now applied to Mexicans and Muslims – with much the same effect on the white working class voters, who don ’ t

He was in personality and rhetoric a precursor to Donald Trump . I am a white, working class man past my 50's, and I have been a lifelong Democrat . Your comment shows exactly why the Democratic party lost the white working class vote.

They don't get that Hillary Clinton was wildly unpopular with the working-class base of their own party.

Democrats regularly talk about the civil war within the Republican party and whether the party will survive it.

But they don't understand that a civil war has already occurred in their own party; the losers of that fight went looking for a new savior, and many of them found one in Trump.

When I was a young Republican political operative in Michigan back in the '80s and '90s, we feared the unions far more than we did the Democrat party apparatus. Gov. John Engler, who led our party in the state at the time, was constantly trying to outwit the union leadership in political chess. The Democrat elected officials were merely pawns in the hands of those union leaders. But those leaders and their elected representatives understood the heart and soul of the working men and women of the United Auto Workers, the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters Union. They not only had a treasure chest of union dues to spend on elections but they had an army of workers to show up and campaign for candidates, speak out at town hall meetings and protest at the state capitol. Theirs was a powerful voice and elected officials, Republican and Democrat alike, listened to it. Republican candidates who could rarely count on a union endorsement were still loathe to directly oppose union initiatives if they could help it.

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Meet the Trump Democrats . “No one that’s voting knows all the facts. “That’s why I like Trump ,” she continued. “He’s not perfect. But there was a whole subset of the white working class Obama was still winning: voters in northern states where unions, however diminished, still served to remind

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Since that time, the national leaders of those organizations have moved farther and farther from their roots and they no longer seem to speak to the souls of those working men and women. They hobnob at D.C. cocktail parties and take junkets to fancy resorts, all paid for by the dues of their members. As they have produced less for their members, and the job market has changed, union membership has decreased significantly. According to the bureau of labor statistics, union membership today is about half what it was in 1983.

Unions used to represent the largest coalition in the Democratic Party, now they are one of a number of coalitions whose voices seem to have drowned out those of the working men and women in their party.

Democrats have not only rejected the notion of "family values," but they mock it. If you don't fully adhere to the agenda of the Human Rights Campaign with regard to homosexual and transgender rights, you aren't welcome in the Democrat Party. If you don't support the rights of women to have abortions on demand, even in the last trimester of pregnancy, as dictated by Planned Parenthood, you aren't a "real" Democrat. If you aren't willing to toe the party line on the environment as dictated by the Sierra Club or to express solidarity with Black Lives Matter, then you are in real trouble with key leaders (not to mention key donors) of your party. And if you acknowledge that there are real weaknesses with the Affordable Care Act but aren't willing to buy into the notion of single payer, then you are a sellout.

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The idea that the working class is a lost cause becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for the Democratic Party. They coincided with Donald Trump ’s emergence as the star of the GOP primary race, and they helped to Democrats have lost much of the working class since the era of Ronald Reagan.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump got to end his hate-filled campaign just where he wanted it—on emails. In Michigan, where Clinton lost by around 13,000 votes, some analysts estimate that 90,000 Democrats left the top line blank. Read this list. 7 Reasons Why Hillary Lost & Trump Won.

As a result, more and more Democrat candidates are saying what it takes to get the support of all those coalitions and don't realize what they have lost in the process.

Does anyone think that a woman working the line at the Chrysler Plant in Trenton, Michigan, or a man working a coal mine in southeastern Pennsylvania is prepared to march up the Capitol steps for transgender access to bathrooms in a public elementary school? Or to stop slant drilling in Montana? Or to provide access to abortions for 13-year-old girls without parental consent?

These issues couldn't be more foreign or far away from their everyday lives. So, when a rich reality TV star, with a made-for-TV real estate empire and model wife came along promising them he would "Make America Great Again" they were ripe for the picking. When he promised to get rid of all the people who were taking their jobs and putting their families at risk, that sounded like common sense to them. So, while Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote, she lost the Electoral College by losing key votes in the places where working voters voices could still be heard.

So, while Democrats tout their new slogan of "A Better Deal" for American workers they should understand that their words and actions for the past decade have suggested they have other priorities.

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Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues .
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