'The progressive left needs to sort out its priorities. Is “non-gendered” language, for instance, more important than economic fairness? It’s time to decide, because failure to properly prioritize could hinder the whole movement.
Even casual observers of US domestic politics could quickly discern that while the right is more homogeneous and cohesive, the left is far more splintered. Conservatives, typically, are more willing to line up behind their chosen one, while liberals and progressives spend a disproportionate amount of time on infighting.
This can be seen in both the top echelons of the Democratic Party (Nancy Pelosi’s thinly-veiled attacks on the ‘squad,’ for example) — and among the lowest rungs (grassroots progressive activists griping at each other over the use of “gendered” language).
While polls show that Republicans are still broadly supportive of Trump (some fanatically so), there are also conservatives, disillusioned by the Trump presidency, whose votes are up for grabs, but who are no doubt put off by the increasingly alienating requirements of modern political correctness.
It’s not wise to put too much stock in polls a year out from the election. Nonetheless, it is reasonable to assume that Trump, having gifted a $1.5 trillion tax cut to the rich and launched an ill-advised trade war with China, will suffer some Republican defections in 2020.
Take farmers. The farming industry supported Trump overwhelmingly in 2016. Last week, the National Farmers’ Union condemned him over his China tariffs, saying that instead of solving the industry’s problems, he has “created new ones” and is “making things worse.” Farmers are not a huge voting bloc, sure, but they are not insignificant either — and Trump spent time actively courting their votes four years ago.
Let’s look at another group: Coal miners. “We are going to put our coal miners back to work,” candidate Trump promised. Fast-forward to 2019 and while miners employed by the newly-bankrupt Blackjewel company are owed some $5 million in back pay, Trump has been remarkably quiet. (“A tweet would be great,” one protesting worker told CNN.) Coal miners might remember that, when push came to shove, top Republicans were on the side of the company owners (i.e. the donors), not the lowly workers.
In the right circumstances, motivated by their own economic interests, some of these people could be convinced to vote for a left-wing candidate like Bernie Sanders. After all, one in 10 Bernie supporters voted for Trump in 2016. Trump and Sanders could scarcely be more different on policy and personality, but they share some of the same appeal to disenfranchised voters.'
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