What Trump Is Doing to the Republican Coalition

In all the endless speculation over the trajectory of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the role of media in keeping him aloft, it is sometimes forgotten that the fissures in the Republican Party he has exposed will not necessarily go away when he does. Over at The Democratic Strategist Andrew Levison has penned a thorough analysis of the white working class revolt against GOP economic and religious elites Trump is tapping into, and why it’s a deadly threat to the three-legged stool of the Republican coalition.

Levison goes on to note the opportunity and challenge Trump is presenting to Democrats to identify and pick off white working class voters who are alienated from GOP elites but who have not embraced the poisonous racial dynamics that have again flared up in this cycle.

Check it out.

UPDATE: Another fine analyst of white working class voters, John Judis, has just published his own take on Trump voters at National Journal. He views them as direct descendants of the Wallace, Perot and Buchanan “radical middle” voters, and as representing about 20% of the national electorate but closer to a third of Republicans.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.