How The Democrats Created Trump
I’m pretty sure that the title of this post made a lot of people angry. It likely made others stop and think, and it also probably found some sympathizers.
My assertion is simple and straightforward — the Democrats created Trump. The Democratic Party is responsible for Trump’s ascension to power, and the Democratic Party has on their head the ability to either allow Trump and all his followers to continue on, unchecked, or to stop them and their bigotry in its tracks.
Now, why would I assert that the Democratic Party created Trump? Aren’t they morally, ethically, and policy-wise at odds with each other?
Maybe, but that’s not the point. The point is that the Democrats, in their seemingly noble aims to open up America to all, really didn’t do anything like that at all. Rather, they prompted the millions of white, working class voters who gave Donald Trump the presidency to all of a sudden find themselves cut off from politics.
When Donald Trump came swooping in, it was like a match made in heaven. Trump appealed hugely to the tens of millions of white conservatives who, largely because of the Democrats ignoring them for decades, found themselves out in the cold. Those white conservatives gave Trump the presidency, and they’re not going to ever go away quietly and take their bigotry with them unless the Democratic Party seeks to connect with them.
That may or may not ever happen; only time will tell.
In the meantime, I’m aiming to see the wide swath of American society that is neither Republican or Democrat open up their arms to the white conservatives left out in the cold by Democrats. I see more hope for there to be a resurgence of moderate, relatively party non-discriminating politics then for there to be a resurgence of the Democratic Party as a relatively Bernie Sanders-esque organization.
Bernie knows this. The minute he lost the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination he went back to being registered as an Independent.
In early February, he commented:
‘Let me suggest to you, and some will disagree with me and that’s okay, too. But let me suggest to you that what happened on November 8th. Trump’s victory was not a victory for Trump or his ideology. It was a gross political failure of the Democratic Party… for years [struggling people] looked to the Democratic Party, which at one time was the party of working people, and they looked and they looked and they looked and they got nothing in return. And out of desperation, they turned to Donald Trump.’
And he’s right, oh so painfully right.