I don’t mean to keep piling on Dennis Prager, who got a battery of responses here yesterday for making arguments that less honorable people have aired unchallenged. But Prager’s column made one more point that has been a common thread in “Never Trump”-bashing rhetoric from Trump supporters and that deserves a little further reflection:
“There is also a cultural divide. Anti-Trump conservatives are a very refined group of people. Trump doesn’t talk like them. Moreover, the cultural milieu in which the vast majority of anti-Trump conservatives live and/or work means that to support Trump is to render oneself contemptible at all elite dinner parties.”
Now, I don’t pretend to be any sort of “very refined” person, and I don’t get many invites to “elite dinner parties”; I’m just a guy who grew up in a middle class Catholic household in the suburbs, the son of a New York City cop, did well enough in school to spend the last two decades busting my tail practicing law, and got my start writing on the Internet because a college friend had a regional Boston sports blog back in 2000, and grew my political audience writing at RedState. (Apologies if a lot of this post is about me, but this is an ad hominem argument, which requires a response in that vein, and in any event, I think my experience is probably common enough to be worth generalizing).