By now anyone interested in the Presidential election has heard the viral video clip of Hillary Clinton’s, vile accusations while speaking to an audience of elite, liberal donors at the posh Cipriani Club 55 on Wall Street in Manhattan.
You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic?—?you name it…Now some of those folks, they are irredeemable. But thankfully they are not America.
The phrase “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” was delivered in a deliberately obnoxious, screeching tone of voice that could have been an embittered man’s imitation of a nagging, irritating woman.
Democrats are unable to win elections solely by promising that their next big government scheme will make our lives better. Polls show historic highs in public contempt for and distrust of politicians and government. So, they have become ever more strident in warning women and minorities – actually everyone except straight, white men – to vote against Republicans in order to avoid being victimized by dark forces of bigotry.
Thus, we small government advocates are accustomed to accusations of racism, as if women and minorities don’t benefit from liberty. Republican candidates are routinely called racist and those other ists and ics in Mrs. Clinton’s rant.
But it is unusual for a politician to revile tens of millions of private citizens with such venom.
Good, decent people know that racism – prejudice or antagonism or attacks or government sanctions against people of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior – is evil. Thus they consider an accusation that they are racist to be a deeply offensive accusation that they are evil.
Good, decent people who have suffered losses in the Obama economy are especially offended when they hear themselves attacked as evil in front of a giggling, cheering audience of the smug, government-media-Wall Street elite, the guys we’re told we must trust to “manage” the economy, but are fully insulated by our tax dollars from the consequences of their own malfeasance.
Millions of Good, decent people have decided they have little to lose and are willing to roll the dice on the mercurial, erratic Donald Trump. It’s a way to wave their collective middle finger at the elite. It’s a way to express hostility to regulatory schemes that enrich, Wall Street and K Street players and the politicians they fund, while diminishing or even destroying Main Street livelihoods. It’s a way to say “we’re fed up with your lies and your arrogance.”
Hillary’s “deplorable” remark seems to have opened an angry, ugly fire hose of racism and bigotry accusations from Washington’s usual suspects, spraying Trump, the Republicans and their voters. Our prediction is that in the end it will be a net gain for Trump. If Trump is smart he’ll use it as an opening to intensify his effort to persuade Black and Latino voters that the establishment elite have nothing to offer them but more of the same vacuous slogans. He should add that while Democrats think racial conflict is in their political interest, it’s not in the economic or social interest of any ethnic group. It’s a net loser for everyone, of every race.
Someone should explain to Mrs. Clinton and her surrogates that they won’t overcome the pain their false accusations of bigotry have caused good, decent people by hauling out the bull horns to more fiercely repeat the same accusations.