Matthew Yglesias Vox article about Trump and Kushner
Matthew Yglesias hates Trump, but nevertheless there’s some interesting stuff here.
As comedian John Mulaney put it, “Donald Trump is like what a hobo imagines a rich man to be.” Actual social and economic elites in the contemporary United States regard ostentatious displays of wealth as vulgar and low-class. What you’re supposed to do is be subtly snobbish about various things — from locally sourced produce at the lower end to unique experiential vacations at the high end — not just slap gold on everything.
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When Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof dreams of life as a rich man, he says he’ll have “one long staircase just going up / and one even longer going down / and one more leading nowhere just for show.” Like most working-class people, in other words, he would like to have more money, but he doesn’t especially want to become a cosmopolitan urbanite with hipster tastes. He wants to be Donald Trump.
I’ve been telling you for a long time that the real reason the elites hate Trump is because he’s LOW CLASS. Finally, someone admits it, using those exact words. At the same time, this is why the proles connect with him and love him. The proles don’t understand Romney’s slightly-embarrassed approach to being rich. What seemed very proper to me struck the proles as being sinister.