Has National Review always hated Middle Class Republicans?
Do the editors of National Review understand that Middle Class districts in America are represented by Republicans over Democrats by at least a 2-1 ratio? According to US Census statistics working class districts overwhelmingly support Republicans.
** Does National Review editor Rich Lowry wake up at night in hot sweats screaming, “F*ck Donald Trump!”
** Do National Review contributors Charles Cooke and Kevin Williamson believe it’s acceptable to tell FOX female host Andrea Tantaros to leave her job and stay home because she supports Trump?
** Do all National Review writers believe white working class Republicans are racists?… Or, just Reihan Salam?
** Do all or most National Review writers hate working class Republicans?
Recently, National Review’s Reihan Salam attacked rural Trump voters suggesting they were all racist hicks.
Of course, this stereotype of Trump supporters is not just offensive, it is inaccurate.
You know the rap against Donald Trump, right? He’s playing to the anger of relatively poor and relatively dumb (read: uneducated) white hicks who are political neophytes. As National Review‘s Reihan Salam puts it in a column at Slate, “Trump is strongest not in the metropolitan corners of America, where he’s spent most of his life. Rather, his strongholds are the mostly overlooked sections of the South, Appalachia, and the rural and semi-rural North.”
That’s a comforting myth for Republican activists because they can then pretend that Trump doesn’t really represent their party even as he scores yuge wins in primaries of “moderate” states such as New Hampshire.
But as Elizabeth Price Foley points out at Instapundit, it’s just not true. The plain fact is that Trump is crushing his GOP competition across all demographics.
I’m not sure what makes Salam think that Americans of “Scots-Irish” descent are poor Appalachian hillbillies with substance abuse problems. This odd racial stereotyping aside, Salam is simply wrong that Trump’s primary support emerges from poor, uneducated whites, an unsupportable myth I’ve written about before that keeps getting repeated by the GOPe and Democrats alike.
More importantly, I hardly think that a platform of issues that are important to all Americans–national security, jobs, immigration (all of which are intimately related)–is fairly characterized as a racial dog whistle, unless one believes that these issues are particularly “white” (or more specifically, “Scots-Irish”) issues.
Consider these exit polls from New Hampshire, where Trump smoked his nearest opponent, John Kasich, by close to 20 points. He won both genders, all age groups, all income levels, and all educational levels.
If National Review wants to reach all Republicans they ought to change their strategy. If they want to continue to be the voice of the hated Republican establishment – then keep bashing Trump supporters.