Sumantra Maitra, a doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, UK, and a writer for The Federalist, explains why, despite President Trump’s personal foibles, middle class Americans will line up to vote for him instead of the “ever-totalitarian left.” Maitra tells readers that the choice in front of American voters in 2020 will be that between Trump’s middle-class friendly policies and “a growing Red-Green alliance of Marxists and Islamist sympathisers who support racially based wealth redistribution and near-totalitarian government.” He writes (abridged):
Just like in the UK,( for the US) there are certain common themes. There’s extreme anti-Semitism both in the UK and in the United States. The moderates are trying to appease the extremists in both sides, and are finding out that they are the Mensheviks of this coming revolution. And the choice in front of all the centrists will be, sooner or later, to choose a side.
An evangelical might not personally like Trump, but she would choose Trump if he is willing to defend her religious rights from the ever-totalitarian left forcing him to bake cakes against his wishes. A free speech liberal might find Trump’s dictum repulsive, but will vote for him because he would attempt to ensure free speech and due process on federally funded campuses.
Personality might matter to urban liberal bubbles and Muh-Principles neoconservatives, but it doesn’t matter that much to the normal people.
The choice in front of a moderate Brit now, for example, is a choice between having a declared Stalinist in London, or an incompetent Conservative Party led by a socially awkward prime minister.
Likewise, it is increasingly looking like the choice in front of the moderate, swing-liberal working-class Americans tomorrow will be a vote for a personally flawed billionaire who is determined to get the government off their back, cut middle-class taxes, ensure free speech and due process, and keep the country from going to war, compared to a growing Red-Green alliance of Marxists and Islamist sympathisers who support racially based wealth redistribution and near-totalitarian government, and kill thousands of city jobs in the name of socialist protests.
Principles only matter so much when the stakes are so high because losing honorably and with one’s rights intact is no longer an option.
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