It’s hard to imagine a time when there was a more gaping cultural chasm in the United States than there is now. It’s easy to write off Donald Trump’s win as one that was ushered in thanks to racists and anti-Semites, but the last time I checked Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Iowa aren’t hotbeds of neo-nazism. They are states Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012.
The left wants to pretend November 8th didn’t happen. Through their words and actions, they’re making believe that Hillary Clinton took her rightful place behind the big desk in the Oval Office, and Donald Trump is a nightmare that will go away on January 20th. But they’re wrong, and in the process, they reveal just how out of touch they are by pontificating about people they don’t know to make them feel better about themselves.
Meryl Streep tried this at the Golden Globe Awards. Arguing that Hollywood, with so many immigrants in its midst, is an accurate representation of what America is. A novelist by the name of Patrick Nathan caught the attention of somebody after he tweeted the following:
The left has a serious problem, and this person illustrates it perfectly. Everything with the left always comes down to race and ethnicity.
Here’s a question I have for Patrick: Does he believe that Joe, the guy struggling to pay his mortgage in Wisconsin, is concerned about race?
He doesn’t live in the bubble Mr. Nathan would like to think he does. Mr. Nathan likes to think Joe is sitting around, feeling sorry for himself and grumbling about the “the blacks” and “the wetbacks” when all he’s doing is worrying about his next paycheck.
I understand how people get through life. People have accused me of being part of the D.C. elite, hopping from one cocktail party to another because I write for various conservative publications. The reality is, I was born in Queens, New York to a homemaker and a truck driver. When I lived in New Jersey, we spent seven years living in an apartment complex. Our house, when we got one, was used by cops several times as a stakeout location to monitor drug deals going on across the street in a lower-income apartment complex.
For Nathan to argue people living in Hollywood are not in some culturally cut off bubble is a joke. The people at the Golden Globes may have grown up in small towns across the country, but there’s no getting around the fact that so many have forgotten from whence they came. It’s why they foolishly assume people who voted for Donald Trump did so because they’re bigots.
Nathan had a follow-up tweet:
You see? He, along with so many like him don’t get it. “Joe” from Wisconsin is not sitting around waxing poetic about the past. He didn’t vote for Donald Trump hoping to be back in in a time where segregation was the order of the day. They are simply people. Individuals who were sold on “hope and change” in 2008 and gave it another shot in 2012.
For them, things did not get better. They saw their wages stagnate and their health insurance premiums increase. All the while, the President of the United States was busy blaming terrorism on climate change.
Those people are not the ones living in multi-million dollar homes and getting gift baskets of swag worth tens of thousands before attending awards shows. I don’t begrudge somebody like Meryl Streep for her success. She’s earned it. And contrary to the claims of Donald Trump, she is not an overrated actress. But for her to suggest, and for Patrich Nathan to confirm, that Hollywood players are not living in a bubble, is a denial of reality.
Until they learn that, people will be content to side with Donald Trump, who at the very least, acts like he gets it.