On November 1, 2016, just days before the rise of Donald Trump and the fall of American democracy, I posted an analysis of the election urging voters (with very little enthusiasm) to vote for Hillary Clinton. I pointed out that Trump had stumbled onto political gold, what I called "the fertile valley of middle-class, racist, anti-immigrant, flag-waving, empty-headed American men."
In today's New York Times, just about one full year later, Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof, illustrated my point (inadvertently) when he quoted Trump loyalist John Zengel of Asbury Park, NJ:
What the liberal elite don't get
Is that Trump speaks my language.
If that makes me a racist, so be it.
I'm a hard-working American.
And there we have it: "the fertile valley of middle-claass, racist, anti-immigrant, flag-waving, empty-headed American men."
Mr. Zengel and the rest of the core demographic Trump has claimed for his own may never open their eyes, but the horrors of Donald Trump's first year have cut into the second tier of Trump supporters, if his current approval ratings reported in Newsweek four days ago, are accurate, showing him bottoming out at 35 percent.
We're stuck with him, but at least he's not pulling the wool over everyone's eyes.