Who are these people?
“The Populists group, the one most closely identified with former President Trump‘s style of politics, has a negative view of huge swaths of American society — big corporations, but also the entertainment industry, tech companies, labor unions, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools.
Nearly 9 in 10 of them believe the U.S. economic system unfairly favors the powerful, and a majority support raising taxes on big companies and the wealthy. Both of those views put them at odds with the rest of the GOP, helping explain why the party struggles to come up with economic proposals beyond opposition to Democratic plans.
The Populist Right also overwhelmingly says that immigrants coming to the U.S. make the country worse off. That puts them in conflict with the party’s smaller but still influential business-oriented establishment.
About half the Populist group say that white people declining as a share of the U.S. population is a bad thing, more than in any other group. …”
We have a strange relationship with the GOP.
I could take you back through these Pew surveys to the 1980s, but it will suffice to say that this big cluster of White voters whose defining characteristics are pro-White attitudes, rural residence and working class, populist economics, nationalism and immigration restriction entered the GOP in 2016 in support of Trump and has grown into the biggest and most active faction in 2021.
Note: We continue to act like we are outside the GOP, but there is a lot of evidence that is no longer the case. Most people who share our views are inside the GOP now and quite comfortable there.