Trump and the proles
Donald Trump, Jr. devoted a great deal of his speech to explaining his father’s relationship with his prole workers, and this sheds a lot of light onto something I’ve previously observed, which is that Donald Trump acts very prole.
You want to know what kind of president he’ll be? Let me tell you how he ran his businesses, and I know because I was there with him by his side on job sites, in conference rooms from the time I could walk.
He didn’t hide out behind some desk in an executive suite, he spent his career with regular Americans. He hung out with the guys on construction sites pouring concrete and hanging sheetrock. He listened to them and he valued their opinions as much and often more than the guys from Harvard and Wharton locked away in offices away from the real work.
He’s recognized the talent and the drive that all Americans have. He’s promoted people based on their character, their street smarts and their work ethic, not simply paper or credentials. To this day, many of the top executives in our company are individuals that started out in positions that were blue collar, but he saw something in them and he pushed them to succeed.
His true gift as a leader is that he sees the potential in people that they don’t even see in themselves…
…the potential that other executives would overlook because their resumes don’t include the names of fancy colleges and degrees.
I know he values those workers and those qualities in people because those are the individuals he had my siblings and me work under when we started out. That he would trust his own children’s formative years to these men and women says all you need to know about Donald Trump.
We didn’t learn from MBAs, we learned from people who had doctorates in common sense.
Guys like Vinnie Stellio, who taught us how to drive heavy equipment, operate tractors and chainsaws, who worked his way through the ranks to become a trusted adviser of my father. It’s why we’re the only children of billionaires as comfortable in a D10 Caterpillar as we are in our own cars.
My father knew that those were the guys and gals that would teach us the dignity of hard work from a very young age. He knows that at that heart of the American dream is the idea that whoever we are, wherever we’re from we can get ahead, where everyone can prosper together.
Which way goes the cause and effect? Is Trump prole because he hangs out with his blue-collar workers and their proleness rubs off on him? Or does Trump hang out with his blue-collar workers because he’s prole?
When Trump, Sr. speaks unscripted and un-telepromptered at his campaign rallies, he speaks the way that blue-collar white concrete pourers and sheetrock hangers would talk to each other on their lunch break. And this is why the elites hate Donald Trump, Sr., because the elites hate white proles. The adjectives they assign to Trump, Sr. like “racist,” “misogynist,” “xenophobic,” “narcissistic,” “autocratic,” are politically correct ways that the elites slam prole-white speaking patterns. But when prole whites see Trump speak, instead of seeing the evil that elites see, they merely see someone who sounds just like themselves, someone they can relate to. Unfortunately for elites, the proles far outnumber the elites at the voting booths. As Trump, Sr. might say, it’s not even close.
It should be noted that the same elites who hate the way that white proles speak have only fondness for the much lower-class speech patterns of ghetto blacks, which are attributed one-part to a black vernacular that it would be racist to object to, one-part to justified black anger at pervasive white racism, and one-part to the failure of the educational system which in turn is blamed on evil Republicans who are too cheap and too racist to properly fund the public schools.
(The Republicans have their own explanation for the educational situation, which they blame on teachers’ unions, lack of school choice, etc. Neither Republicans nor Democrats attribute the least bit of significance to blacks having different genes than whites.)
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Tarl wrote a good comment:
Unfortunately for elites, the proles far outnumber the elites at the voting booths.
That is certainly true but I’d be interested to know the relative number of proles versus upper middle class white suburbanites. The latter group is overwhelmingly common where I live. All those people are not “elite” but they aspire to eliteness and ape their mannerisms including that they hate, hate, hate white proles.
(Unless having a $500k split level in suburbia makes you “elite”, which I don’t think it does. It certainly makes you a Democrat but I am at a loss to understand what advantage being a Democrat gives them other than the ability to bask in self-indulgent moral preening.)
Tarl correctly observes a phenomenon, and it’s a phenomenon that benefits the elite liberals and endangers the chance of Trumpism winning in November. Proles still outnumber the affluent but non-elite white suburbanites, but those affluent white surburbanites are definitely a real force at the voting booths.