The single best explanation for why Donald Trump won the election in 2016, come quite unintentionally from well-known Neocon (and asshole) Bill Kristol. The occasion was an American Enterprise Institute discussion earlier this week, which was quite fortunately recorded. While discussing Trump’s executive order, he said:
“Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?…. Basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two, three, four generations of hard work, everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever.
“Then, you… luckily, you have these waves of people coming in from Italy and Ireland and Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed, and really want their kids to live better lives than them, and aren’t sort of clipping coupons or hoping that they can hang on and, meanwhile, grew up as spoiled kids and so forth. So, in that respect, I don’t know why this moment is that different from the early 20th century.”
The sheer contempt for the concept of citizenship is what stands out here. The working classes exist so that he can maintain the lifestyle he’s accustomed to. If the servants aren’t doing their jobs, then fire the lazy fuckers and get hungrier, more motivated peons in to take their place. It should be noted that while Kristol did not openly support Clinton in 2016, he was a leading figure in the “Never Trump” movement and he seemed to be trying to get Clinton into the White House instead of Trump.
Although Kristol is a high profile Republican, progressive media are not reacting to this at all…. because the elites in both parties have exactly the same position. If he hadn’t used the word “white” or had specifically referenced “minority working classes” then there might have been some outrage. But global cosmopolitan elites that head both parties essentially agree with Kristol that the existing citizenry is lazy and defective and needs to be replaced (or at least augmented) by strong worker bees who aren’t infected with the silly idea that citizenship should mean anything.
I don’t know if Trump really believes what he said about supporting the working class (I suspect he doesn’t) but he was elected because he had the wit to at least pretend to care.