David Cole is correct.
Just look at the numbers. It is a train wreck with White men.
“Why’s everybody so glum? Don’t you know the Durham Report is gonna drop any second now? Oh boy, I can’t wait to see Obama and Hitlery led off in cuffs! Yep, the indictments are being written as we speak. So hold tight; it’s coming! …
I’m letting black superpredators out of prison.” That’s the takeaway from that debate exchange. To whatever extent it won over “soft on crime” liberals (it didn’t), and to whatever extent it won over average American blacks (it did to a small extent), it alienated Trump’s base. Whites fled Team Trump in droves. The president increased his share of all other demographic groups—hell, even Jews—but he lost whites. A lot of whites.
Now, here’s where it gets funny. Having apparently lost the presidency, brokenhearted MAGAs are joining with mainstream conservatives (the kind who would’ve been quite happy in 2016 with Rubio or Jeb) to declare a victory “in spirit” because Trump won more blacks than his GOP predecessors.
“We won the important victory because we opened up the party to greater numbers of blacks.” That’s the talking point that at present unites the elitists who despise MAGA and the MAGAs who despise losing. For the latter, it’s a way to soothe the butthurt; for the former, it’s a way to ensure that we never again get another candidate who even hints that the concerns of white Americans matter.
On Nov. 6, lil’ Ben Shapiro declared that the real losers of election 2020 were “the woke,” because Trump destroyed the notion that “demographics are destiny” by winning “an increased share of black and Hispanic voters.” Stephen L. Miller at The Spectator echoed Shapiro, claiming that Trump’s gains among blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims “threaten an entire coalition the Democrats have spent years, decades developing.”
See? We won. I saw a hundred hardcore MAGAs on Twitter making that exact same point last week. We won because we got a few more blacks while losing a shit-ton of whites. That’s a victory because it robs the DEMON-RATS of their monopoly over people of color!
Declaring that a slight increase in nonwhite voters at the expense of white ones equals a “moral victory” is a troubling response that does not bode well for the future. It validates the current mania that “nonwhite approval” is the be-all and end-all of any endeavor. Do blacks approve? Have we won their hearts? Then we’re happy, even in defeat. …”
Everyone saw it coming.
Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign was light on the social conservatism and economic populism and heavy on social liberalism and economic liberalism. White Independents bolted.