February 18, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute

2016 wasn’t a working class revolt

The politics of class is actually pretty simple. People who earn more annually than the national average tend to be up for grabs but skew toward the Republicans. People who earn less annually than the national average skew heavily toward the Democrats. This is not how we currently understand class politics. The campaign press corps…

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The politics of class is actually pretty simple. People who earn more annually than the national average tend to be up for grabs but skew toward the Republicans. People who earn less annually than the national average skew heavily toward the Democrats.

This is not how we currently understand class politics.

The campaign press corps tells us frequently that the president enjoys support among the white working class, especially in the Midwest. But that obscures the fact that two-thirds of his supports earns more than the national average. As I say in today’s edition, 2016 wasn’t the revolt of the working class. It was the revolt of the petite bourgeois.

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Many thanks! —John Stoehr

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