The coalition that Trump built

Ask David Shor, a Democratic data expert and Obama 2012 alum. He told Politico recently: “The joke is that the GOP is really assembling the multiracial working-class coalition that the Left has always dreamed of.”

Part of building something new is undergoing a process of creative destruction. And there’s no question that Trump’s arrival coincided with many elites leaving the Republican Party. Just think of all the most famous millionaires and billionaires in the country. Think of all the mega-corporations. Think of all the anti-Trump TV pundits, think tankers, academics and politicians. They’re not exactly fans of Donald Trump—or conservatism. They’ve left to join the Left.

But in losing the smug sophisticates, the GOP created room for the more numerous working-class voters who are finally coming home to the Republican Party. That’s a trade offer conservatives should be happy to accept. The pundits were right—demographics are destiny—but they’ve been focused on the wrong demographics. It’s not about race. It’s about class. A multiracial, working-class coalition, properly cultivated, will always and everywhere beat an elite-class coalition. Why? Because of the numbers. There are far more working-class Americans than there are elites.