“Populist Left” is an oxymoron. If you are a Leftist you are an instrument and an ally of the regime.— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) February 11, 2021
“Working-age mortality rates have increased in 48 states since 2010. The Rust Belt and Appalachia have seen some of the most dramatic increases in death rates for Americans, ages 25 to 64.” https://t.co/N1ie9ptOEZ— $ean P. McCarthy (@SeanMcCarthyCom) February 11, 2021
It makes me fucking sick how affluent people relentlessly mock the idea of “economic anxiety.” The idea that the actual mass murder that neoliberalism has unleashed might be fueling extremism and reactionary backlash. They deserve the whirlwind they’ll reap— $ean P. McCarthy (@SeanMcCarthyCom) February 11, 2021
I shouldn't give these people anymore attention but:— Sadie Farrell ? ?????? (@Marusya_1312) February 11, 2021
No I'm not "pretending to be WOC online." Sadie Farrell was an Irish immigrant street punk. Unless you think the Irish are POC.
2nd, Its a Twitter aesthetic & a personality. Like a "helldude" or "todd hitler" or whatever
3rd, I'm queer. I like portraying myself as this person, cuz it makes me feel comfortable with myself. Some of this shit seems transphobic.— Sadie Farrell ? ?????? (@Marusya_1312) February 11, 2021
4th, stop harassing people who tell you X person is fash adjacent & batting for the worst people in the Pop Left
Its that simple. Thats it
I’m surprised there isn’t more talk about this.
In the 2016 election, Donald Trump ran in the Center in the Republican primaries and picked up two huge blocs of angry disaffected voters and moved them into the Republican Party. He transformed the party in the process. It is gospel in the corporate media that Trump voters were “white supremacists,” but the Pew Research Center surveys show that a majority of MAGA voters were Barack Obama voters less than a decade ago. The 2008 financial crash had an extremely negative effect on their lives.
Nate Cohn gave Donald Trump sound advice on how to win in the New York Times.
Donald Trump flipped this group to the Republican Party.
What defines the MAGA voters? 94% of “Market Skeptic Republicans” believe in the unfairness of the U.S. economic system. This group had been around in Pew surveys growing ever more cynical and angry for thirty years until Trump came along. The Democratic Party was content to ignore them.
Have you heard the corporate media say that MAGA voters are defined more by general economic anxiety than immigration or “racism” and “white supremacy”? I’ve never once heard that on television. Instead, the media screams in terror and creates hysteria like the Martians have landed.
This is where MAGA voters were in 2011:
As I have looked into this, I think I know why the corporate media is so bent on maligning and misrepresenting these people and is pressing the systematic racism conspiracy so hard and never brings up the fact that disaffected MAGA voters had been around for 30 years.
Let’s take a look at the Populist Left voters:
This sounded strange to me.
Do you think the corporate media is wildly exaggerating the difference between MAGA voters and other Democratic base voters? In these Pew surveys, they sound like mirror images of each other in their values, interests and beliefs and less like the “Solid Liberals.” These people are townies or settled people who have lived in the same community for most of their life and have seen it decline.
In the 2016 election, Donald Trump won 24.2% of the “Democratic Leaning Working Class” (DLWC) vote while virtually all “Democratic Independent Liberal Elite” (DILEs) voted for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Could this internal divide in the Democratic Party be the real threat?
In the 2016 election, Donald Trump took a bigger bite out of the DLWC vote than Mitt Romney by running a more populist and nationalist campaign, which sent Hillary Clinton tumbling to defeat in the Rust Belt. Over the next four years, Trump reverted to “fusionist” conservatism and lost his edge.
It is time for a Populist Left candidate to start thinking about running as a Republican in 2024. Just as Donald Trump tapped into all that disaffection and resentment and brought over the MAGA voters when he was railing against Wall Street in 2016 (as fake as it was it struck a chord with his target audience), it is conceivable that a candidate could run well to the Left of Trump on economics and win over MAGA voters by attacking the political correctness. They have the same beliefs on economics.
This is why there are polls like this: 76% of the public agrees the economic system is rigged to favor the rich and powerful and 78% don’t feel represented by politicians and the traditional two parties.
Could it work?
Could someone with the politics of William Jennings Bryan or Huey Long takeover and further transform the Republican Party beyond what we have seen? Could this person defeat an 82-year-old Neoliberal Joe with zero legislative accomplishments except the COVID relief bill in 2024?