Explaining the appeal of Donald Trump, MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough admitted this morning that the benefits of the Republican Party economic platform “never trickle down” to rank-and-file voters.
‘The problem with the Republican Party over the past 30 years is they haven’t — and I’ll say, we haven’t — developed a message that appeals to the working class Americans economically in a way that Donald Trump’s does. You look at the fact… We talk about cutting capital gains taxes that the 10,000 people that in the crowd cheering for Donald Trump, they are never going to get a capital gains cut because it doesn’t apply. We talk about getting rid of the death tax. The death tax is not going to impact the 10,000 people in the crowd for Donald Trump. We talk about trade, how great free trade deals are. Those free trade deals never trickle down to those 10,000 people in Donald Trump’s rallies.’
[…] ‘Those people in Trump’s crowds, those are all the ones that lost the jobs when they get moved to Mexico and elsewhere. The Republican donor class are the ones that got rich off of it because their capital moved overseas and they made higher profits.’
NBC’s Chuck Todd found it remarkable. “You sound like Bernie Sanders,” he said before discussing the difference between classical American conservatism and modern conservative ideology, which is more interventionist and less suspicious of free trade.
GOP operative Nicole Wallace complained that Republicans have missed opportunities to engage in economic populism. “We let Democrats paint our side as being on the side of Wall Street,” she said.
The panelists agreed that the GOP has used social issues to distract grassroots conservatives from the Party’s failure to address their economic problems, a strategy which fails when a popular candidate like Trump doesn’t need big donors.
Scarborough remarked that Marco Rubio “preaches conservatism as defined by the donor class, as defined by the wealthiest Republicans” in contrast to the strain of conservatism that has continued from Barry Goldwater to Pat Buchanan to Tea Parties to Donald Trump.
‘The Republicans said, listen, we’re going to have all of these trade deals and tax cuts that benefit our wealthiest donor class, but we’ll give them the social issues. We’ll give them abortion, we’ll give them gay marriage, we’ll give them guns and they’ll vote for us. What we’re finding this year is, they’ll even support a guy who says Planned Parenthood is good if he comes with an economic approach that they feel that could actually help them more in the future.’
Of course, Trump is unlikely to improve the US economy or create many jobs. A career flimflam man, he is far more likely to enrich himself while distracting those rank-and-file conservatives with his brash appeals to their bigotry.
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