Nyah. I tease. Hanson penned another clumsy, hackneyed article that supports the Never Trump argument that Washington conservatives know better than you who should be our next president.
Hanson began by asking a loaded question: "Why do the angry white poor and working class support the unlikely populist Donald Trump — a spoiled bully who made and lost fortunes in part by gaming the system, who seems to take gratuitous rudeness and cruelty as a birthright, whose lifestyle is symptomatic of American excess, and who for the last half-century has embraced no ideology other than Trump, Inc.?"
Frankly, given the mess conservatives and liberals have made, not having an ideology is a plus. In fact, not having an ideology other than making a buck led to the great achievements of our nation from railroads to Model Ts, and from television to Google.
But Hanson never got around to answering his question. That is because he never looked at Trump's supporters as human beings. He just assumed that all of Trump's voters are white and that is all they are: their color. Because of his assumptions, I doubt seriously if he has a friend who supports Trump. If he did, he would not dismiss Trump supporters as being a bunch of racists.
Of course the real racist in all this is Hanson who used the word white 31 times in the 1,959-word missive. He ignored Trump's supporters from other races. His dismissive "angry white poor and working class" is the same epithet liberals hurled at Reagan supporters, the Gingrich Revolution, and the Tea Party.
His fellow travelers in the anti-democratic Never Trump movement praised his work. I found it shallow and lacking.
@instapundit @AsheSchow @KurtSchlichter Wow, Victor David Hanson on a tear. White Elites vs White working class - https://t.co/OjPtQqxLVN— Bill (@mrbill66) April 13, 2016
Not once in the article did Hanson mention just what people are angry about. The word immigration does not appear in the article, nor does The Wall, nor does free trade. For while he pretended to understand and analyze the "angry white poor and working class," he really just tossed to his colleagues the trite anti-Trump truffles that the Conservative Commentariat are addicted to this season:
His supporters would prefer to lose with Trump than win with a sober and judicious politician such as Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan. If Trump or Hillary is elected as a result of white-middle-class furor or abdication, the Republican establishment pays either way. Trump’s constituents see him as their first and last chance at getting back at their enemies and, more importantly, the enablers of their enemies. Trump is a gladiator, and his supporters are shrieking, thumbs-down spectators. Sheathing his blood-stained blade would empty the stadium and put him back on The Apprentice. Does a Kim Kardashian suddenly stop flashing her boobs on YouTube in worry over what others might think?Um, You Tube would pull such a video if it existed anywhere except Hanson's mind. But, whatever, as they say.
Hanson's colleague, Kevin Williamson, earlier penned a "Father Fuhrer" column, which called for rural American towns to die. Hanson was just as clueless in his column:
Trump is a dangerously effective classic demagogue not because the working white poor are empty-vessel racists, but rather because he has split white America along class lines and has, among the Republicans, who are already the minority party, opened a self-destructive Pandora’s box of white resentments toward wealthy whites who use their education, family ties, networks, income, and money to leverage privilege while caricaturing or deprecating poor and middle-class whites. Poorer whites can live with the perceived injury of the well-connected and well-educated white elite capitalizing on the age of globalization, of huge and bankrupt government, and of politically correct multiculturalism, but not with the perceived insults that are central to the elite career and psyche. In an age of La Raza (“The Race”) and (only) Black Lives Matter, how exactly did the Republican establishment think the white working classes would eventually react to the new hyphenated America? With a week’s escape to Provincetown or commiseration at a B-list D.C. party? Tribalism for thee, but not for me?Baloney.
Thick cut and liberal baloney.
First, there is no white America. There are places where the white population is higher than average. West Virginia is the third whitest state and the least Hispanic; one of its three congressmen is Hispanic. But West Virginia is less white than the U.S. Senate (98 percent).
Second, most white people could not care less about their race. The real reaction to Black Lives Matter and La Raza is a rejection of race as a crutch. Most white people know enough black people to realize Black Lives Matter is basically the klan for black people: a source of embarrassment.
Third, Hanson just like the liberals in Washington wants to divide people by race for political gain.
Fourth, Trump's support comes from his call to stop illegal immigration, deport the miscreants, and re-negotiate the free trade agreements that everyone in Washington likes.
Hanson substituted real complaints about the economy with a false narrative about race. Liberals did the same to Reagan, Gingrich and the Tea Party. But just like Barack Obama saw Pennsylvania in 2008, Hanson sees Trump supporters as bitter clingers, with two important differences.
One, Obama pointed out they were bitter because they were screwed by Washington economics.
Two, Obama never said white.
But Hanson did. 31 times.
However, Hanson only reflects his audience, a bunch of close-minded policy wonks who live in Washington and never have to deal with the problems their policies present. Free trade is to conservativism what Obamacare is to liberalism. And just as liberals dismissed as racist opposition to Obamacare, now conservatives dismiss as racist any complaint about free trade.