Skip to comments.Trump is waging asymmetric warfare – and it’s working
Posted on 09/30/2020 3:00:29 PM PDT by CheshireTheCat
....Its no secret that the ruling class in America despises the country class. If youre one of those people who dont live in coastal cities and subscribe to the same worldview as the elite aspirants hoping for a job at a billionaire-backed NGO or an internship that might lead to a job at McKinsey then youre a deplorable, a CHUD, and definitely racist and whatever bad things are happening to you, your family, and your inland town are your just deserts.
One of Trumps main functions and biggest appeals is that he exposes the occupational elites that are credentialed but not expert in much of anything. Everyone knows it. Imposter syndrome is rampant. And Trump preys on their insecurities which is what provokes such outrageous reactions from his enemies. But a lot of Americans who live in interior America and get unglamorous jobs at slowly declining wages, raise their families want nothing more than to be left alone by the credentialed but unaccomplished strivers who hate them. For those people, Trump is their champion.
They probably dont aspire to be like Trump, but they like the fact that he exposes the bankruptcy of the undeserving ruling class. And for them, Trumps debate tonight was a tour de force. It was aggressive, it was funny, he said the quiet part out loud, he broke the rules in public that are normally only broken in private. That won him the election in 2016. It won him the debate last night. And it might just get him re-elected in November.
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But Trump has to work on getting the votes of the college-educated middle to upper middle class who fancy themselves elites and look down on those without a college degree. He has to convince them the elites look down their noses at them and always will. Campaign ads featuring Nancy going to the beauty parlor without a mask and the like will help.
Arent those the votes that McCain and Romney got?
If youre one of those people who dont live in coastal cities...
I live in a coastal city and the rest of my family does..all college educated and all voting for Trump.
It’s the blanket statement equivalent of saying all flyover folks are illiterate and all southern folks are illiterate rednecks.
To a certain degree, yes. But it was easy for those who are prone to collapse onto the fainting couch to vote for McCain and Romney because they were so refined or something compared to Trump.
Nice to see Prof. Codevilla’s very accurate and descriptive terms being used.
Trauma mining to score points in a debate is a desperately cynical piece of political theatre. But, I suppose they calculate that if it works you get to be president. (Ill pass, thanks.) It was pure Biden: scripted, saccharine, playing by the rules of a game that has long since ended. In case you think Im too cynical, that surely this couldnt have been orchestrated, Joe Bidens official Twitter account posted a photo of Joe and Beau with the caption, Beau was not a loser just as the debate ended.
And just so, Trump. He looked at his podium and quietly, respectfully, asked, which son Biden was talking about. Of course, he knew, but he played the game forcing Biden to respond, Beau. Oh, I dont know him. I know Hunter.
Nice parry by Pres. Trump to Biden’s attack. Trump pivot’s from Biden’s sanctimonious diatribe about his dead son and flips the topic to be about Hunter Biden and all the current corruption that entails.
My point being this. The traditional GOP voters were not enough. These were the voters who just loved Ws civility as the left repeatedly kicked him in the nether regions. These are the voters who want the Repub to win but who cant be bothered, or are too scared to, advocate for their position.
They view a fight as something to run from. Nothing is worth alienating a neighbor for. Cant we all just get along.
Welp, the GOP had no future with these voters. Catering to them meant closing off other voters like working class whites, Hispanics and even blacks.
The GOP needed a voter shift, especially given the changing demographics. Trump is the first guy to have the guts to give it a real try and not the old Mitt Romney/W/McCain compassionate Conservatice lip service/apology approach.
Might it fail? Yup, Trump might not be able to work this shift in adequate numbers to make up for the loss of the suburban weenies. But it had to be tried or it was over anyway.
"That won him the election in 2016. It won him the debate last night. And it [WILL] get him re-elected in November."
To be sure there are many college-educated who get it and hang just fine with the working class. There are many with degrees who, if they had it to do over again, would have gone to trade school instead.
But there are too high a number of college graduates who are up there on a high horse simply because they went to college and who identify with the elites despite being far from an elite in terms of income.
Trump gets much more of the non-college white vote than he does the college-educated white vote.
I’ve lived in Staten Island. I’ve lived in a lot of places. The college-educated middle class in SI are not like the college-educated middle class in Clarks Summit, PA. The latter are quite snooty whereas those in SI don’t have a stick up their ass.
“Might it fail? Yup, Trump might not be able to work this shift in adequate numbers to make up for the loss of the suburban weenies. But it had to be tried or it was over anyway.”
I completely agree.
I think the best people to make the case for Trump are college-educated ladies who are very well put together and would shock the hell out of their suburbanite Karen sister by telling them in some very crass and unrefined, but pointed, language exactly how hypocritical and ignorant they find them. It might not persuade Karen, but it might persuade some third person listening in.
I think he is appealing to that group, because of his tax cuts. They are either benefiting right now or Envision in the future when they have high salaries that they want to keep most of their money.
That's because Bush has nothing in his nether regions. I would rather have the leader with the biggest balls of them all!
Last night Biden abandoned his base on several issues.
Trump remained faithful to his base in all things.
Aside from the ethics of it, it’s good electoral strategy.
Never, ever walk away from your base. Without them, the middle is unreachable.
start making the ads. Trump needs volunteers to take this home!
“Its the blanket statement equivalent of saying all flyover folks are illiterate and all southern folks are illiterate rednecks.”
Hey! Don’t EVER underestimate the number of illiterate Yankee Rednecks north of the Mason-Dixon Line voting for Trump, too! ;)
>But Trump has to
Not sure about that. I know exactly the people you mean; ‘woke’ AF despite the fact that the Top People abuse them, crush their wages with H1Bs, and dangle a carrot to grind out more for nothing.
I don’t think the ROI’s there to pursue them. They want all the security of the cradle-to-grave socialist state, and the only way to shock them into awareness would involve damaging many more things. Or, conversely, making America great also helps them even if they hardly know it and resent it to boot.
Nice article - thanks.
This entire post is great. Hits the nail on the head.
It was pure Biden: scripted, saccharine, playing by the rules of a game that has long since ended. In case you think Im too cynical, that surely this couldnt have been orchestrated, Joe Bidens official Twitter account posted a photo of Joe and Beau with the caption, Beau was not a loser just as the debate ended.
Not knowing about the immediate Tweet, I admit Biden’s ploy got me. I thought he was being genuine, for once.
Shame on me.
Won’t happen again.
Great comment, “Interesting Times,” thanks!
Comments like yours tell me “read the article” and I did, and you are right, great article, thus making me print and forward and otherwise spread it with prejudice to those who need fed ammunition — because we are fighting the fight, some overtly and some covertly.
Great post also, “CheshireTheCat”! Keep grinnin’!
These are things I would never have read without Freepers and FreeRepublic, the greatest conservative “news plus” curation site in existence, all through a version of relentless Free Market exposure to a great panels of analysts of diverse posts on “the interwebs.”
So especially: thank you, too, Mr Robinson!
Godspeed to us all in these perilous times.
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