As pleased as I am to see major leaders in the party defecting from the Trump campaign, I hope that when it comes time to rebuild the GOP we’ll remember who opposed him consistently. It’s clear that many of those ditching Trump this weekend were doing so out of political convenience — anyone who’s paid attention to Trump this year could not hahve found his leaked remarks “shocking” at all. They’re as in-character as the leaked Hillary speech: that’s just who these people are! As someone who has been anti-Trump since day one, I’m glad to see the party finally reach this outcome, but hope we’ll be self-critical about what led to his rise and entrust those who have spoken from principle to lead the rebuilding effort.
Finally, someone who thinks like me
There’s a tendency in the mainstream media to demonize Trump supporters, or cast them out as some piece of deformed America. In fact, every time I tell a liberal friend I know Trump voters, they react in shock, as if to ask “how could you mingle with such people?” When you take the time to understand the root of the grievances these people feel, you can appreciate why the gravitate towards Trump. These are the people the current administration has ignored and left behind: they struggle to make their rent or feed their families, yet hear the president drone on about the paramount importance of transgendered bathrooms. Reading this piece doesn’t make me feel Trump supporters are “deplorables” — just a bunch of Americans who have been left behind the past eight years.
Short-term thinking is killing the economy
One of the few areas where I agree with Hillary Clinton is about the damage being wrought by short-term thinking in public companies. No one seems to be thinking about the long-term value of a business anymore: decisions like outsourcing customer service that shore up profits in the short-term, but hurt the business long-term, are valued over the heavy R&D investment that keeps companies viable into the future. I understand why investors think that way (they might not be in the stock 25 years down the line to reap a benefit), so it’s important that we figure out a way to incentivize this behavior — it’s companies making long-term investments that will fuel growth for everyone.
The heart of Trump country
Like the first article I read, this New Yorker features reinforces the idea that Trump supporters aren’t driven by some secret agenda to install a Nazi government: they just don’t feel as though America is working for them. There’s certainly cultural racism at play in this article, but it’s clear that’s not the motivator for supporting Trump. Liberal policies and executive overreach have pushed the country so far to the left the past decade, it’s reasonable for people to feel like the nation has left them behind and its leadership is out of touch.