Despite securing more votes from minorities than any Republican since Richard Nixon in 1960, Donald Trump suffered setbacks among white working-class voters, which cost him victories in the Rust Belt. Had he maintained his level of support from 2016 with this demographic he would be plotting the contours of a second term rather than a legal strategy.
If Republicans hope to win future national elections, the first step is a proper post-mortem that examines this failure and understands the reasons for it. Scot Olmstead offers that analysis.
The GOP must stop ignoring the “Deplorables” and forge a new coalition that unites the American Remnant with sympathetic minorities and, hopefully, a rising elite that can provide cultural power and sustenance.
Economic nationalism will glue that coalition together. As Olmstead writes, economic nationalism is “the formula that can express the material interests and cultural values of Middle America and create solidarity among otherwise disparate groups. It is the path forward.”
The time has come for a more radically populist and nationalist critique of the Ruling Class—a Trumpism without Trump.