One of the most puzzling things about this interminable American election campaign is the way in which the media and much of the Democratic camp have projected an image of the alleged Trump voters as totally alien, or other.
Never mind the fact that this stereotype — white, working class, male, ignorant — does not take into account the electoral base of the Republican candidate, which is unfortunately much more extensive and includes considerable areas of the middle class (in the European sense) who feel precarious and at risk, like the steel town of Youngstown, Ohio.
What is disconcerting is the fact that so long as they have been useful, these figures — white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, workers, residents of middle America — have for centuries been identified as the backbone of the country. By failing to recognize this group, liberal America is actually discarding a part of itself, and it bears a heavy responsibility for what these people have become.
As Bruce Springsteen said, they’ve made the establishment liberals “rich enough not to forget my name.” If they don’t remember it, it’s because they don’t want to.