I agree with this analysis.
We defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
The Trump presidency and the 2020 campaign sucked.
“The defeat of Donald Trump in an election that produced the biggest turnout since 1900 was an expression of broad popular opposition to the fascistic politics of his administration. That it was far more an anti-Trump than a pro-Joe Biden vote was demonstrated by the poor showing of the Democratic Party in down-ballot contests (Congress, state legislatures and governors).
The election results overall were a clear refutation of the efforts of the Democratic Party and allied media outlets (e.g., New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, CNN) to promote a racialist narrative, which interprets virtually every aspect of American society as an expression of “white supremacy” and the supposed innate racism of white people, especially white workers.
The ideological and political function of this right-wing brand of politics is to obscure the central division in capitalist society, socioeconomic class, and sow divisions within the working class. …
An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump. …”
The “Far Right” vote is concentrated in the Center.
In the 2016 election, Trump moved to the Center on race and populism, which is why he electrified the “Far Right” unlike all previous Republican presidential candidates. By 2020, he had become Blumpf … hopelessly cucked on race, a feckless blowhard who substituted tweets and a personality cult for policy concessions. He monitored the situation from the White House while Jared and the GOP ran the country.
It was the “Disaffected” or “Hard-Pressed Skeptics” or “Market Skeptic Republicans” who shifted against Trump in the Rust Belt. It was White men who are Moderates and Independents who make less than $100,000 a year in the middle suburbs. He activated them in 2016 and lost them in 2020. That’s why he collapsed with Independents. He tried to replace them with conservative Republicans. In 2020, Trump got 94% of the Republican vote. In 2020, Mitt Romney won 93% of the Republican vote. In 2016, Trump won with 88% of Republicans because he needed us more than the True Cons.
The media pigeonholes us as “white supremacists.”
It is true that we are ethnocentric Whites (15% of the White population and a larger share of the Right-leaning electorate that votes Republican), but our views and voting patterns are complex. Donald Trump was a disappointment. He ran as a populist and nationalist and governed as a mainstream conservative. He was more concerned about the stock market than the White working class.
Compare Core Conservatives to Market Skeptic Republicans.
55% of Market Skeptic Republicans believe immigrants are a burden on society compared to 43% of Core Conservatives. 5% of Market Skeptic Republicans believe the U.S. economic system is fair compared to 75% of Core Conservatives. These two groups are polar opposites on economics.
Moral of the story: his actual base was invisible to him for four years!