Reich: Trump's curious coalition

baltimoresun.com | 5/23/2018 | Staff
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Donald Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class.

It's a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don't respond to it, it could protect Mr. Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just might create a permanent Republican majority around an axis of white resentment and great wealth.

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Two decades ago, Democrats and Republicans competed over the middle class. They battled over soccer moms and suburban "swing" voters.

Since then the middle class has shrunk while the working class has grown, and vast wealth has been accumulated by a comparative few who now own a large portion of America. Some of their wealth has taken over American politics.

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Enter Mr. Trump.

Counties whose voters shifted from Mr. Obama to Mr. Trump in 2016 had lost economic ground to the rest of America, to an even greater extent than solidly Republican counties. Mr. Trump is counting on the unwavering support of these mostly white working-class voters.

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Meanwhile, much of the ownership class has come over to Mr. Trump. He's counting on it to bankroll Republican politicians who are loyal to him.

Since becoming president, Mr. Trump has sought to reward both sides of this coalition — tossing boatloads of money to the ownership class and red meat to the white working class.

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One boatload is the corporate and individual tax cut, of which America's richest 1 percent will take home an estimated 82 percent by 2027, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Another boatload is coming from government itself, which Mr. Trump has filled with lobbyists who are letting large corporations do whatever they want — using public lands, polluting, defrauding consumers and investors, even employing children — in order to push profits even higher.

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Mr. Trump's red meat for the white working class...
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