There may be a problem with Bill Kristol’s independent presidential candidate David French. He’s gotten support from other Republicans who oppose the selection of Donald Trump by the voters. However, French’s prior controversial writings could alienate a core constituency of the American electorate – namely, white working-class voters.
While Trump has called on the GOP to become a “worker’s party” – a development Senator Jeff Sessions called for two years ago, ironically, in the pages of the National Review – French has defended the idea that white working-class communities “deserve to die.”
Here’s the controversial writing of Kevin D. Williamson that French supported, as reported on Breitbart.com:
“The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs.
“Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too. The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.”
French described Williamson’s piece as “excellent” and said that Williamson’s words were “fundamentally true and important to say.”
French went on to dismiss the struggles that white working class Americans endure.
“Citizens of the world’s most prosperous nation, they face challenges – of course – but no true calamities,” French arrogantly wrote.
If this isn’t proof of how out-of-touch the Republican establishment is with average Americans, we don’t know what is. This is the 21st century American equivalent of Marie Antoinette’s famous quote (and disregard for French peasants who didn’t have bread to eat): “Let them eat cake.”
Do you agree that this condescending view of struggling middle-class Americans will hurt French’s already slim chances in November?
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