From Trump to Ulysses S. Grant; Americans have always gravitated to those perceived as fighters
During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln fired several generals but not General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was controversial though and Lincoln was once urged to fire him too. The President demurred, explaining: “He fights.”
During the Great Depression of the 1930s hard-pressed union workers whose wages covered only about 80 percent of the family budget revered President Franklin Roosevelt, a patrician who had been born into wealth. (See poster from 1944 campaign.)
In a widely-told story of the time, one worker was asked why he was going to vote for FDR. His response: “He understands that my boss is an SOB.”
As a candidate and president Donald J. Trump has said stupid and shameful things: about George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, an Indiana judge of Latino ancestry, John McCain, and more.
He has fought with fellow Republicans and torn into Mitch McConnell more than any Democrat has, seemingly unaware that Senator McConnell held up a Supreme Count nomination for over a year so that Mr. Trump could elevate Neil Gorsuch to the bench.
Mr. Trump has failed in his objectives of ending the Affordable Care Act and it is doubtful that he will build a border wall that Mexico will finance.
These voters may believe that Republicans like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney were too quiescent when leading figures in the Democratic Party referred to them as Nazis, fascists and racists
But it seems that his core supporters who flipped 204 counties that had voted for President Obama twice are still with him. (Mrs. Clinton flipped four counties that had gone for the Republicans in the two previous presidential elections.)
These voters may believe that Republicans like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney were too quiescent when leading figures in the Democratic Party referred to them as Nazis, fascists and racists – talking in the vocabulary of radio talk show hosts.
They also may believe that Mr. Trump will stand against those Democrats who call them “deplorables” at a New York rally, clingers to their guns and religion at a San Francisco meeting, or, if they are women, unable to “hear their own voice” in a highly-paid speech.
They also may believe that the Democratic Party will stay in the world of identity politics and not heed the concerns of Joseph Biden who recently talked about the 2016 election making these points:
“I think that what happened was that this is the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for, and that is how to maintain a burgeoning middle class.”
“All those angry white men we talk about that are racist — guess what? Barack and I won them. Let’s get this straight. It wasn’t racist. They voted for a black man, twice in a row, but they didn’t this time. They didn’t this time, because they look out there, and they’re scared and no one’s talking to them.”
The Democratic Party needs to reach out to those voters who left them and who consider that Donald J. Trump, with whatever faults they think he may have, fights for them and is more on their side.