According to the pollster who coined the 'Reagan Democrat" label applied to longtime Democrats who switched parties due to the appeal of former President Ronald Reagan, the current Republican Party is facing a similar exodus of voters who have been turned off by Donald Trump and the crowd he brought into the GOP.
In an interview in Politico with legendary pollster Stanley Greenberg, he revealed the subtle racism that led to Democrats joining the GOP in 1984 no longer appeals to the upper-middle class suburbanites who have been turned off by a party now steeped in what was described as "white grievance."
Describing "Reagan Democrats," Greenberg wrote, "the leaders who were supposed to fight for them seemed to care more about the blacks in Detroit and the protesters on campus; they seemed to care more about equal rights and abortion than about mortgage payments and crime. The old politics has failed them. What they really want is a new political contract — and the freedom to dream the American dream again."
That was then and this is now, he said, explaining: "In leaning too hard into white identity politics — and perhaps being too focused on what he thought Reagan Democrats wanted — Trump accelerated the rise of a new voting bloc that is, in many ways, the mirror image of the Reagan Democrats. Call them the Biden Republicans."
"Historically, they identified with the Republican Party as their political home," the Politico report from Zack Stanton elaborates. "But the leaders who were supposed to fight for them seem to care more about white grievance and keeping out immigrants; seem to care more about social issues and 'owning the libs' than about childcare payments and college tuition. They don't consider themselves Democrats — at least not yet — but they are voting for them, delivering them majorities in the House and Senate, and making Joe Biden just the fourth candidate in the last century to defeat an incumbent president."
According to the pollster, the loss of these voters could have a drastic impact on the future of the Republican Party.
"If you look at the trends in this election, [Trump's campaign] was able to, like, wage a race war with a massive increase in turnout in the rural areas and among white working-class voters. But the percentage of eligible voters who are older than Millennials dropped by 8 points. So for Republicans to be successful with this strategy while going against that demographic trend, you need a continually animating and increasingly intense and effective effort to turn out the vote," Greenberg explained. "They are going to have to lose a few elections before there can be a new dynamic within the Republican Party — just as the Democrats lost a lot of national elections before Bill Clinton was able to change the party."
"I think there's two kinds of Biden Republicans — two trends. One of them is you saw quite affluent, very Republican towns [in suburban counties], and Biden got a very large percentage of votes from those counties. They are more affluent college graduates voting for Biden. Will they stick? They may, given how Trump is defining the Republican Party," he added.
You can read the whole interview here.
Former president Donald Trump and his family are facing "existential" threats from ongoing criminal investigations in New York and Georgia, according to MSNBC political analyst and Trump biographer Tim O'Brien.
"I think you're going to start to see this vice squeeze in," O'Brien said Saturday. "The Trumps will happily throw underlings under the bus as this gets hotter. I think the question is whether or not the family members will turn on one another as it goes up the food chain."
"The Manhattan DA's case has existential consequences to it," O'Brien added. "Donald Trump and perhaps his children could end up in orange jumpsuits if that case goes the full route. That's not going to be the case with (New York AG) Letitia James' prosecution, that's a civil case. I also think the Georgia case has an existential threat. Donald Trump acting like a 19th-century ward heeler, called up the secretary of state and said find me some votes, and there's proof of that, there's evidence."
Watch the full interview below.
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Roger Stone blasted fellow Trump crony Jason Miller and his social media platform Gettr on Saturday.
"You can always tell when Jason Miller of Gettr is lying—his lips are moving," Stone wrote on another right-wing site, Gab. "In the 40 years I have been in American politics, I have never met a bigger more despicable piece of sh*t. I got him his job with Donald Trump in 2016."
According to Newsweek, Stone made the comments while sharing an article from Mother Jones titled "Leaked Messages Show Gettr in Crisis Mode Over Joe Rogan Criticism."
"Earlier this month, Rogan announced that he would be joining Gettr, which Miller and the social media site quickly used to promote the platform," Newsweek reports. "However, Rogan then criticized Gettr for inflating his follower count and even suggested that he was interested in getting rid of his account."
"You have like 9 million followers on Gettr," comedian and podcast host Tim Dillon told Rogan on Jan. 10.
"It's not real, though," Rogan replied. "Gettr doesn't even have 9 million people. ... This is where the f*ckery is. They take all my Twitter followers ... and then they port those over."
Ivanka Trump isn't just the former president's daughter.
She's also a former White House senior adviser, and as such, she has a responsibility to provide information to the House Select Committee investigating that Capitol insurrection, according to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig.
"As for Ivanka Trump, it's hard to think of a more central witness," Honig said Saturday, reacting to the committee's letter this week requesting her cooperation. "She was by the president's side before the coup attempt — specifically, she was there for the attempts to pressure (former vice president) Mike Pence."
He added that Ivanka Trump was also there "during those crucial hours," while rioters were storming the Capitol.
"She was the one people were coming to and saying, 'Please, try to talk some sense into your father.' It didn't work," Honig said, adding that she was also involved in subsequent efforts "to cover it up and tidy it up."
"But there's this bizarre assumption around Ivanka Trump that she's sort of above it all," Honig added. "Why should she not have to testify? I mean, she's not being asked for information because she was the president's daughter. She's being asked for information because she was a senior adviser. She took that job. She took that West Wing office. And her spokesperson's response (to the committee's letter) was very sort of blow-off-ish — 'she doesn't feel like testifying.' Too bad! You take that job, you have a responsibility to come forward. And I think it's fair for the committee to ask, 'Why not? Why is she not willing to do this?'"
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