October 29, 2018
Then things changed, and you know when and with whom.
Predictably, the establishment is blaming President Trump and his supporters for a climate of rage and hate.
But let's be honest, a lot of Americans have had a lot to be angry about for an awful long time
I'm thinking in particular of African-Americans whose long struggle for freedom may have been won decades ago but whose struggle for genuine equality and opportunity and dignity and fairness is a long way from over. A very long way.
I'm also thinking of working Americans, especially those outside the booming centers of the modern knowledge economy, whose economic security has collapsed, whose economic opportunities have disappeared and whose social fabric -- especially family and community -- has been ripped apart.
That's been going on since at least the early 1970s. That's nearly half a century.
This anger we're seeing,it didn't start with Donald Trump. I think it goes back at least a decade.
In 2008 you saw the elite bail themselves out while working people paid the price for their recklessness and incompetence.
And you saw a new tone enter our politics.
Before then we had presidents who, whatever their political views, made clear they loved America and loved Americans - all Americans
Hear, hear, folks. This isn't one country, indivisible, anymore. You can decide for yourselves just when it broke, and who broke it, but I don't think you can deny that it's now broken.
Remember when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said on April 6, 2008, "They get bitter, and they cling to guns or religion.”
How about when his wife Michelle said this on February 18, 2008; "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country.”
We saw hate and divisiveness -- from the top. And remember, from the left, not the right. From the elitists, not the populists.
From Joe Biden who said this on September 15 recently at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, "They, not you, have an ally in the White House. This time they have an ally. There are small percentage of American people-virulent people-some of them the dregs of society.”
And of course from the queen of hate, the empress of divisiveness, Hillary Clinton, on September 9, 2016, we got this: "You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables."
I have never heard Republicans talk about fellow Americans like that. President Trump has never talked about fellow Americans like that.
I know this is true because I'm part of the elite. I sit at their dinner tables and hear how they speak.
So let's tell the truth about the roots of this rage.
I want to say something directly to my friends in the elite
This is not just about Trump. It's about you, too
The way you've shown no compassion for the casualties of your ideas, the human casualties of globalization, automation, centralization, and uncontrolled immigration.
Your ideas have destroyed people's jobs, devastated their families and communities. And then in 2016 when they cry out for help, you call them deplorable. As Eric Holder would say, you kick 'em.
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