We have known since November, at least anecdotally, that the election of 2016 was decided by large shifts in white working class voters and by blacks in key states who stayed home. Now, PRRI, a non-profit, non-partisan organization associated with the Atlantic, has produced a new study finding “cultural displacement—not economic hardship” were the biggest predictors of white working-class support for Donald Trump.
Liberals are not going to like this study. Even though it shows that more than half of white working-class Americans think discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against other races, the overarching message that comes out of the report is that cultural displacement drove support for Trump. Contrary to what the NeverTrumper Republicans want to think, Trump had the dedicated support of the rank-and-file Republicans, who were 11 times more likely to support Trump as non-Republicans. The study noted that “No other demographic attribute was significant.” Thus, the Bill Kristols and Jonah Goldbergs failed dramatically to diminish Trump’s party support.
A commonly held view among the respondents was that they “feel like a stranger in their own land” and that the U.S. needed protecting against foreign influence. Some 68% white working-class Americans—and a majority of the public as a whole—believed the United States was “in danger of losing its culture and identity.” Ruh Roh, Scooby. That’s a significant finding when a majority of Americans fear we’re becoming like Germany or France. And 60% believed that immigrants were threatening American society, while only 30% saw immigrants as strengthening society.
The study also found important economic factors, though none of them as dominant as the loss of culture. For example, only 38% of the respondents said they were excellent or good shape financially, and one quarter said their financial situation in the last few years has gotten worse. But even among the college educated, only 41% said their financial situation has improved. This is a shocking testament to the widespread nostrum that college will solve all economic ills. Indeed, over half of the respondents thought getting a college education was a risk, as opposed to 44% who saw it as an investment.
Most of the respondents were from the Midwest, with somewhat smaller percentages in the northeast and south, as opposed to the west (i.e., California). And, in a statistic that would likely still shock lefties, 71% identified as Christian, with 51% of those self-identifying as an evangelical or “mainline Protestant.”
Overall, the study reaffirms what Joel Pollak and I wrote in How Trump Won about where his support resided and why people were attracted to Trump. It was the natural, predictable and obvious response to Barack Obama’s 2012 publicly announced strategy of ignoring working-class whites in favor of highly educated elites and the poor. Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again was a clear statement of his intent to make Americans great again, including the forgotten majority. That anyone would be surprised at the outcome is the real mystery that needs to be studied.
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New York Man Coughs on Federal Agents During Facemask Price-Gouging Arrest
Baruch Feldheim was allegedly stockpiling respirators and selling them on the black market.
A New York man being arrested for his involvement in a price-gouging black market ring selling personal protective equipment and N95 respirator masks coughed on federal agents arresting him in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Baruch Feldheim was allegedly overseeing a black market enterprise importing entire warehouses of N95 respirators and selling them at outrageous markups of up to 700% to medical personnel that require them to treat Chinese coronavirus patients.
Prosecutors state that a New Jersey doctor in need of respirators was forced to contact Feldheim in a WhatsApp group chat labeled ‘Virus2020!’ on March 18th. The New York man agreed to sell 1,000 N95 masks and other medical equipment for $12,000– a whopping 700% markup on their standard retail price.
When the doctor met up with Feldheim at an area auto repair shop, he described seeing firsthand a coronavirus medical equipment stash warehouse that contains enough supplies to outfit an entire hospital. FBI agents later recorded Feldheim received a massive shipment of eight pallets of medical facemasks from Canada, and trying to get a nurse seeking to purchase medical equipment to come to his home.
Federal agents questioned Feldheim about the black market mask ring at his home on Sunday, and recount the man intentionally coughing on them. Shockingly, sources recount that the suspected price gouger then told federal agents that he had the coronavirus.
He’s now being charged with assaulting a federal officer and making false statements to law enforcement. If convicted, he could face up to six years in prison and a $350,000 fine.
Another New Jersey primary care physician, Dr. Alexander Salerno, has recounted having to resort to the black market in order to obtain the protective equipment he desperately needs in order to safeguard his own medical staff on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus epidemic. It’s unclear if Salerno purchased equipment from Feldheim’s black market stash.
“We have to go out and we have to go literally to these black market brokers or black market pirates and we are paying like 400 – 800% markups to get the protective barriers so I can fulfill that promise of protecting our staff.”
This is a time to marshal resources behind a collective effort to contain the coronavirus epidemic, not allow black market pirates to gouge the medical supply market.
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