Trump Captured Both The Wall Street Vote And The Anti Wall Street Vote

If Trump’s populous appeal was directed at down scale, anti Wall Street working class White voters, why is it that the average Trump voter had an income of $72,000 dollars. The simple answer is that the modern Republican collision of the super rich, rural conservatives, out and out racist bigots and the conspiracy minded Fox News and right-wing vote held firm. Within this collision is both the Wall Street crowd that is smart enough to look past the bigoted dog whistling, knowing full well that they are the true benefactors of the Republican cause and those downscale chumps who eat up the subliminal message of hate.

What upset the Republican establishment in the beginning about Trump was that he was a lose cannon and one not of the establishment, a guy who turned the dog whistle into an unabridged message of hate. His direct messaging of fear to the fearful in fact scared the establishment most of all.

But in the end Trump’s horror show did not scare off the super wealthy. He dog whistled them that he was still their guy at the same time he was saying over and over again how much he was for the forgotten White working man. This unique strategy drew in a winning margin (at least in the Electoral College that Trump suddenly believes is a marvelous thing) of working class, anti Wall Street Democrats.

And now that the Republican establishment leaders like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan who were reluctant to back Trump see that his confusing and hatful message was a winning one, they are now strongly behind the Donald, brushing aside his divisive words as just so much political rhetoric. Once again the Republicans have found a way for the nation’s minority to control its majority of minorities.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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