AXIOS article by Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei:
Republicans, long reliant on big business and the rich, see a post-Trump future centered on working class white, Hispanic and Black voters, top GOP officials tell Axios.
Why it matters: This is a substantial shift, born of necessity and the post-Trump reality. It would push Republicans further away from the interests of corporate America and traditional conservative ideas like entitlement reform.
Top Republican officials tell Axios that if the party is going to survive, it needs to copy Donald Trump’s fixation on blue-collar voters in 2016 and working-class and minority voters in 2020 — and ditch, or at least downplay, allegiance to big business.
- So instead of Republican leaders talking about reforming Medicare or Social Security, you’ll hear them talking about protecting entitlements.
- Instead of corporate tax cuts, job “stability” will be a campaign theme for House Republicans as they try to win the majority in next year’s midterms.
What’s happening: Numerous corporations are cutting off money to a big chunk of Republicans who refused to certify the Joe Biden victory.
- At the same time, Trump showed Republicans how to invigorate not just working-class whites, but also some Hispanic and Black voters, especially men.
The big picture: Recent polling shows Republican voters no longer coalesce around tax cuts and entitlement reforms.
Instead, there’s a substantial divide — and many signs their future might rest in protecting traditional workers and traditional values.
In a YouGov poll of 1,000 Trump 2020 voters for AEI, 42% described themselves as working class — about the same share as evangelical Christians. …
Basically, this is what had to happen when the rich become disproportionately Jewish and educated middle- and upper-middle-class Whites became infected with leftist, anti-White ideology and became convinced that wokeness was a moral imperative. Jews — including the many former neocons who jumped ship because of Trump hate — are on the left and the financial and intellectual backbone of the Democratic Party. The Dems are now the party of the billionaires, the media, and the academic establishment. They have no emotional ties to traditional America or even the Chamber-of-Commerce, Kiwanis-Club, small-business folks who used to made up most GOP voters. They do not resonate to the White working class whom they see as retrograde, outsourceable rubes. I seriously believe that they are aiming for an American police state in which dissident voices are silenced — even mainstream conservative outlets like Fox News — and the oligarchs have complete control.
Such an America would continue to have the trappings of democracy, and the flag won’t change (except there will be two more stars for DC and Puerto Rico). But it would be a one-party system like California and New York — already on the horizon when Texas turns blue. The 2016 election proved to them that the uniparty concept of Jeb Bushes or Mitt Romney versus Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden was vulnerable to populist, implicitly White messages. It cannot happen again. Hence their complete meltdown at the prospect that Trump could possibly run again. And hence the need to bury him with another bullshit impeachment whose only purpose at this point is to throw yet more mud on him in the hopes that his name is so tarnished that he couldn’t possibly win.
For White identitarians, a multiracial working class party is far from ideal, but at this point, an ethnically diverse working-class coalition is likely the only way for the GOP to realistically gain power in national elections. And apart from a serious secession movement from a coalition of red states — which could happen as the political climate continues to deteriorate — it would seem to be the best option for White identitarians. The fact is that wokeism has made educated middle- and upper-middle-class Whites willing agents in their own destruction. They are hopelessly caught up in the media-induced frenzy of White guilt and I don’t see most of them waking up until it’s far too late. And a very substantial percentage of them will be happy to see their own prospects and the prospects of their children and grandchildren compromised if only they can feel morally and intellectually superior, and in tune with the editorial page of the New York Times—the phenomenon of altruistic punishment that is so characteristic of Western (and only Western) societies.
And who knows? Maybe something good can come of this. It’s certainly in the interests of the entire working class to end immigration and deport illegals. Trump did quite well among non-Whites, and one of his big talking points was to trumpeting how non-White and female employment were at all-time highs (ignoring White males, of course). So it’s a realistic scenario to think it could happen. Class politics replacing identity politics for non-Whites. Of course, that would be an uphill struggle because the vast majority of political leaders and their funding comes from the identity-politics left.
In the long run, forcing wokeism to lose political power along with a reassertion of traditional values would have huge payoffs even without dislodging the left from cultural power in the media and universities — a much more difficult task. It could certainly use federal power to tone down Critical Race Theory in the federal government (Biden immediately rescinded Trump’s executive order prohibiting teaching it to federal employees) and the K-12 educational system. If a populist-platform GOP won the 2022 and 2024, wokedom would be apoplectic and likely intensify the guilt-tripping of Whites. Anti-White hatred would be more obvious than it already is, and propaganda in the media and the schools would be intensified. This is already turning off a great many Whites. Driving around the other day I heard a woman caller on Rush saying that White people were now being discriminated against because of the color of their skin and that she was being asked by her school to agree to the idea that there is White privilege and that there is systemic White racism. Imagine the uproar if she refused. But such a situation will certainly lead to White people identifying more strongly as White and realizing that the prospects for them and their children are increasingly diminished.
Of course, a working-class coalition would be intensely opposed by cultural elites and their billionaire backers. Their prospects depend entirely on their imported electorate and they would view substantial defections as a disaster. Which is why the anti-White propaganda is accompanied by messages of identity politics for non-Whites. And a big part of the message is that the Democrats are the party of non-Whites and the Republicans are the party of White supremacists.
As noted repeatedly here, our post-1965 elite is a Hostile Elite — hostile to the traditional White, Christian people and culture of America. A working class movement centered around traditional values and opposition to immigration would almost certainly have overtones of anti-Semitism. At this point, calling someone a globalist or mentioning the influence of George Soros is often considered coded anti-Semitism, even though the politicians who lead it would never come out and be explicit about the ethnic identifications and ethnic attitudes of the people who oppose them.
Such a coalition would be a “baby steps” way of achieving White interests. I am certainly not ruling out cataclysmic possibilities like large-scale secession or even civil war, but I’m not at all sure enough Americans have an appetite for such scenarios. Once a working-class coalition dominated by Whites got in power much good could happen in addition to ending immigration: purging the federal bureaucracy, forcing social media companies to allow dissident opinions, carving out and legitimating secession scenarios, and even contemplate enacting some of the police-state measures being pursued by the left to achieve permanent power.
What’s obvious is that the present situation is extremely volatile. Trump was the most disruptive force encountered by the uniparty establishment in its history. The left realizes that they can’t let it happen again and their answer is to inaugurate a police state. Any way forward that disrupts this must be seriously considered.