Voices from Russia

Monday, 3 April 2017

Trump Is Not George W Bush

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People who think everything is great and who think that those with grievances should just “move to some other country” didn’t elect Trump. Rather, they elected him due to his condemnations of the financial élite and promises of government action to fix up the economy. The major opponents of Trump don’t oppose him for being a “warmonger”, but because he’s allegedly friendly to Russia and not committed to “humanitarian intervention”.

Bush’s politics were a middle-class endorsement of the Establishment against those “troublemakers” and “bleeding hearts” who wanted change. Trump took office in a wave of isolationist and populist sentiments, which other forces didn’t capture. I remember the Bush years very clearly, and I’ve interacted with many Trump supporters. The demographic may be similar, but the worldview of Middle America drastically changed in the last eight years. Criticise Trump all you want, but projecting Michael Moore rhetoric from 2002-07 onto the current moment is just plain silly.

2 April 2017

Caleb Maupin

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