The American Conservative’s Rod Dreher writes here about J.D. Vance’s new book Hillbilly Elegy. Rod tells his followers, “I devoured the thing in a single gulp. If you want to understand America in 2016 Hillbilly Elegy is a must read.”
Dreher writes about Donald Trump’s enormous popularity with the white working class and how the elites hate Trump:
Hence the enormous popularity of Donald Trump among the white working class. Here’s a guy who will believe and say anything, and who blames Mexicans, Chinese, and Muslims for America’s problems. The elites hate him, so he’s made the right enemies, as far as the white working class is concerned. And his “Make America Great Again” slogan speaks to the deep patriotism that Vance says is virtually a religion among hillbillies.
Trump doesn’t come up in Vance’s narrative, but in truth, he’s all over it. Vance is telling his personal story, not analyzing US politics and culture broadly. It’s also true, however, that the GOP elites set themselves up for their current disaster, by listening to theories that absolved themselves of any responsibility for problems in this country from immigration and free trade (Trump is not all wrong about this).