By Duncan Smith
Before Donald Trump came to control the party, Republicans weren’t very good at relating to working people.
The party has historically been viewed as elitist and out of touch, while Democrats with their union associations have been viewed as the ‘party of the working class.’
But again, that was before Donald Trump took control of the GOP.
Trump is about the only billionaire in America who has the cred to relate to working-class folks.
He’s created tons of jobs, built magnificent buildings, and simply has the ability to talk the language of the working-class.
Democrats today, by comparison, have become the party of the elite.
They own the corporations. They own the billionaire class. They own Wall Street. They own the hedge funds. And so on.
So it would only make sense for the GOP to pick up where Trump left off and run with the baton, wouldn’t it?
Absolutely — and that’s exactly what is happening: The Republican Party is becoming the new party of America’s working class.
A memo from Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urges that House Republicans must embrace policies supported by working-class voters if they intend to succeed in flipping the House in the 2022 midterm elections.
Banks, who chairs the Republican Study Committee (RSC), details in the memo, dated March 30, key issues affecting the working class, including immigration, trade, 'anti-wokeness,' 'Main Street vs Wall Street,' and big tech, and provides a set of action items for his Republican colleagues as they set their sights on next year's races.
'President Trump gave the Republican Party a political gift: we are now the party supported by most working-class voters,' Banks begins. 'The question is whether Republicans reject that gift or unwrap it and permanently become the Party of the Working Class.'
Banks hit on a number of themes opposed by most working-class Americans of all ethnicities, including mass illegal immigration.
'Opposition to illegal immigration and increased legal immigration remains popular among both working-class Americans and the electorate at large,' Banks states, adding that Trump administration pursuits such as building a border wall, enforcing the Remain in Mexico policy, and standing against amnesty were 'successful' in controlling immigration.
Regarding trade, Banks related Trump’s tough-on-China policies to American industry and job creation. 'Republicans should state clearly: Our opposition to China is a corollary of our support for working Americans,' Banks writes. 'The reverse is also true: Democrats' coziness with China results from their coziness with Wall Street.'
Trump gave the GOP the roadmap to future electoral successes. It looks like Republican leaders are taking it and running with it.
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