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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jennifer Rubin: A cottage industry of apologists for Donald Trump and his supporters has sprung up to excuse, justify, infantilize and pity his core group of white, non-college-educated males who lash out at immigrants and globalism more generally ... There is no virtue in pandering to Trumpkins at the expense of every other group and the country's general prosperity. In making these white males (and only them) into victims and encouraging them to blame outsiders or menacing forces beyond their control, Trump does what Republicans used to accuse liberals of doing -- pitting one group against another in a zero-sum conception of the economy. It is doing the Trumpkins no favors and it is heightening dissension in a country that needs to rediscover common values and shared endeavors and undertake some systemic reforms in government, education and criminal justice.

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... Trump's defenders seem to demand that we treat members of his base delicately for fear of ruffling their feathers and damaging their self-esteem. When you play the "Hollywood makes fun of us" card, you get perilously close to political correctness and emotional feebleness, not things Trump and his ilk are supposed to promote. Even worse, complaining that other people don't wish them "Merry Christmas" -- and then transforming that into a war against Christianity -- is victimology rarely seen outside the "safe spaces" on college campuses.

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More panic by the leftists.

Imagine the shock when the LATimes visited Trump's Long Beach office and found the diversity of support for Trump.

People like Rubin see the world through their prejudice and speak out of ignorance.

#1 | Posted by sawdust at 2016-09-21 07:54 AM | Reply

"...apologists for Donald Trump"

I don't hear anyone apologizing for Trump. What I do hear is the hypocrisy of calling out a --- poor candidate by supporters of a different --- poor candidate.
All the apologizing, ignoring, history rewriting, and myth-informing is a Dem strategy.

"...his core group of white, non-college-educated males who lash out at immigrants and globalism "

That's some dog whistle there. They're tied in a dead heat, and that can't be explained away - Clinton's biggest campaign mistake - by crying racism, misogyny, and xeno/islamaphobia.
It's been a poor tactic that's showing it's fruit in the polls.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-21 08:03 AM | Reply

GOP Has Become the Pity Party for White Males

And the DNC has become a safe place for neocons.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2016-09-21 08:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"More panic by the leftists."

Brush up before shooting your mouth off next time - it may help you avoid embarrassment.

Jennifer Rubin is a conservative, proponent of American exceptionalism, sometime Likud supporter, who's written for Commentary, PJ Media, Human Events, The Weekly Standard, Politico, The New York Post, New York Daily News, National Review, and The Jerusalem Post.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-09-21 09:19 AM | Reply

DNC has become a safe space for race baiters.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2016-09-21 09:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

OK, lets all pretend there are no menacing forces beyond our control.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-09-21 10:06 AM | Reply

Non of our resident Trumpettes seems able to refute Rubin's argument.
Pity.

#7 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-09-21 10:47 AM | Reply

Exactly!

All comments are defensive. Even the Wapo comments are defensive.

#8 | Posted by fresno500 at 2016-09-21 01:14 PM | Reply

Imagine the shock when the LATimes visited Trump's Long Beach office and found the diversity of support for Trump.

Trump running an office in Long Beach, California, is a reason for his supporters to panic.

#9 | Posted by rcade at 2016-09-22 10:47 AM | Reply

"How I found Trump's controversial $10,000 portrait"
"A Univision anchor found the painting, purchased with charitable dollars, hanging in a restaurant at one of Trump's resorts"

www.univision.com

#10 | Posted by danni at 2016-09-22 11:03 AM | Reply

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the average democrat apologist:

Silence of the Lambs

#11 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2016-09-22 11:14 AM | Reply

This headline and article are racist.
:triggered:

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-09-22 11:43 AM | Reply

you lost me at Rubin.

#13 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2016-09-22 11:49 AM | Reply

you lost me at Rubin.

#13 | POSTED BY AUNTIESOCIAL

Why? Because she is a Conservative?

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-09-22 11:57 AM | Reply

you lost me at Rubin.

#13 | POSTED BY AUNTIESOCIAL

Why? Because she is a Conservative?

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-09-22 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

That can't be it. Auntie, like Rubin, is self-described as "conservative." I mean, her column is called "Right Turn," for pete's sake.

Hmm. Maybe it's something about the name. Maybe Auntie hates sandwiches with sauerkraut.

#15 | Posted by cbob at 2016-09-22 12:36 PM | Reply

Latest polls show +2 Trump (LA Times) and +5 Trump (Rasmussen).

If Trumps support were limited to white males who've lost their jobs these numbers wouldn't be happening. Jennifer doesn't know what she's talking about, which is not unusual.

Hillary, who may be a terrific administrator and a competent commander in chief, is a second rate politician. She lost to Obama because of Iraq and yet persisted in pursuing the same agenda in Libya and Syria, even doubling down against Russia. Dumb, really dumb.

Obama was elected to bring change and never delivered. Hillary has aligned herself with Obama. Only Trump offers change, even as an extremely risky selection. That's how bad it is out there, contrary to what Obama says.

#16 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-09-22 12:42 PM | Reply

-Latest polls show

Just the opposite...

www.drudge.com

#17 | Posted by Corky at 2016-09-22 12:59 PM | Reply

Hmm. Maybe it's something about the name. Maybe Auntie hates sandwiches with sauerkraut.

NAILED IT!

he he

#18 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2016-09-22 02:05 PM | Reply

#17, you're quoting a different poll which gives Hillary a 5 point lead over the Donald. This doesn't change my argument one bit. The only explanation I've seen for why Trump gets such high numbers has to do with his use of language to affirm pre-existing strongly held beliefs. People are rejecting the status quo/establishment, for good reason. No rational person can conclude that Trump or Hillary are going to solve the jobs problem. Whether Trumps actual numbers are 37% or 45% can't be explained by only counting white males who've lost their jobs. He has other followers. Some may be closet cases and some may be basket cases. I have no idea who else they are, but they're out there, according to the polls. You may soon regret not getting on the Bernie bandwagon. Everything hangs on these debates, though realclearpolitics, where I got my two polls, disagrees with that premise.

#19 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-09-22 02:25 PM | Reply

Cannot be too many white men who lost their jobs out there as so many here on the left gleefully cite the unemployment numbers from obama :)

#20 | Posted by MSgt at 2016-09-22 02:34 PM | Reply

"Wapo comments"

As an Italian American I find that offensive so when I go bust out my neighbor's car windows, it will be your fault..

#21 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2016-09-22 04:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Where was the pity party for the people left behind in places like Detroit and Flint Michigan, Camden NJ when jobs left those and other big cities for the South and the suburbs? According to right wingers, the people that were left behind and the democrats that controlled those cities were responsible for their own economic plight. Now, all of a sudden, white males are supposed to have a legitimate grievance when the jobs they once held have moved. What have republicans done to hold on to those jobs? I'm sure that people and politicians in big cities complained when money was diverted from their schools, their hospitals, their roads to build schools, hospitals and roads in the suburbs.

Democrats and republicans have sold out the American worker at different points in our history. Instead of blaming regular working people for the economic situation they find themselves in, we should be holding politicians accountable for their lack of support for the American worker.

#22 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2016-09-23 05:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

what exactly is the allure of globalism? why continue to bring in unskilled immigrants when unemployment is so high? why is it bad for one to desire his nation to do well? I live in a boring Midwestern town where the locals cannot get jobs because they don't speak a foreign language and over 25% of the populace is on foodstamps. it is always the economy and the economy has long been ill.

#23 | Posted by visiter at 2016-09-23 08:47 AM | Reply

Wrong, there is no argument that justifies a Donald Trump Presidency.

The wise words from South Park, "Sometimes you just have to eat a turd sandwich."

Eat the sando guys. At least we can live to fight another day...and by we I mean non-deplorables.

#24 | Posted by bocaink at 2016-09-23 01:39 PM | Reply

I combed through Rubin's blog posts for the Wahington Post. It states on the site that she delivers a conservative perspective, but I have found no evidence of a small government attitude and minimal evidence of a socially conservative standpoint. In fact the vast majority of her posts are whining about the gop, particularly trump, with conservative comment blips sprinkled in.
Please Doc, I'd like to see a few articles of her beliefs. On the Washington Post she comes accross as Erin Burnett in print: supposedly conservative, but filling a role in a progressive narrative.

#25 | Posted by wonderboylv at 2016-09-23 04:41 PM | Reply

I think they mean conservative judaism.

#26 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2016-09-23 07:15 PM | Reply

At least we can live to fight another day...and by we I mean non-deplorables.

#24 | Posted by bocaink

Oh they will live. But, they will be just as hateful as ever (if not more) and in a constant state of self-pity.

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-09-23 07:41 PM | Reply

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