Timothy P. Carney is senior political columnist for the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He helps direct AEI’s Culture of Competition Project, which examines barriers to competition in all areas of American life, from the economy to the world of ideas. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist covering the intersection of politics and economics. He is also the author of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money (2006) and Obamanomics (2009).
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The Republican Party is no longer and can never again be the party of the country club, of the wealthy, of Wall Street.
In the U.S., leaders say free trade helped the whole world and makes the economy stronger, and the working-class guy looks and sees the U.S. elites are getting richer from globalization, and they say, "screw you."
The Trump-backers I speak to in Iowa and New Hampshire also aren’t endorsing his discriminatory and authoritarian policy prescriptions — but they don’t hold his pronouncements against him.
A huge swath of the electorate is angry because they agree that the country “is a mess” and the game is rigged. They think it’s self-evident, as Trump says, that “the American Dream is dead.”
With Trump, Sanders, Syriza, Corbyn, et al, you can detect a pattern — a common enemy besides simply "the elites," or "the establishment."