Megxit, Trump, and the Generational Divide

The Daily Signal | 1/24/2020 | Staff
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Armstrong Williams is a columnist for The Daily Signal and host of "The Armstrong Williams Show," a nationally syndicated TV program.

Far too much ink has been spilled in describing the parallels between a resurgent British nationalism—a la Brexit—and the social currents underlying President Donald Trump’s MAGA movement.

Culmination - Backlash - Forces - Globalization - Elite

Both have been described as the culmination of a backlash against forces of globalization that created a glamorous, globetrotting elite on one hand and, on the other, a wasteland of economic decline and deprivation in both nations’ heartlands.

The savior, as prescribed under both the Brexit and MAGA theories, is to throw off the chains of globalization and go it alone. Hence, Britain chose, quite unequivocally, to repudiate the European Union, and America under Trump has boldly thrown out its role as global arbiter and instead asserted an “America First” agenda.

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This divide also has been largely generational. Brexit and MAGA have been overwhelmingly supported by an older, mostly white, middle-class voting bloc in each country. Many among them are old enough to revel in reminiscing about the Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan economies; many saw their fortunes decline in the intervening decades as global elites replaced the white middle class as the new favored group.

Perhaps no figure typified the emergent supremacy of this global elite than Barack Obama, who swept to power on a coalition of unprecedented minority voter turnout and a platform of global reparations—an image so powerfully intoxicating to European liberals that Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize without having ended a single war.

Britain - Pairing - Actress - Obama - Product

In Britain, the unlikely pairing between a beautiful American actress, who happens to be, like Obama, the product of a biracial union, and Britain’s most cherished tribal identity—the royal family—raised another conundrum.

For many young people, Obama’s presidency and Meghan Markle’s ascendance to within striking distance of the British monarchy...
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