… who now confront what they did not predict. About Donald Trump.
Glenn Reynolds writes at Instapundit (via PJ Media):
THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON HERE, BUT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS, DO YOU, MR. BROOKS?
David Brooks wrote at the New York Times:
Trump voters are a coalition of the dispossessed. They have suffered lost jobs, lost wages, lost dreams. The American system is not working for them, so naturally they are looking for something else. Moreover, many in the media, especially me [sic], did not understand how they would express their alienation. We expected Trump to fizzle because we were not socially intermingled with his supporters and did not listen carefully enough. For me, it’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I’m going to report accurately on this country.
Well, David, you should get out more. You might also try reading InstaPundit regularly. But mostly, you owe a bigger apology than this.
The Tea Party movement — which you also failed to understand, and thus mostly despised — was a bourgeois, well-mannered effort (remember how Tea Party protests left the Mall cleaner than before they arrived?) to fix America. It was treated with contempt, smeared as racist, and blocked by a bipartisan coalition of business-as-usual elites. So now you have Trump, who’s not so well-mannered, and his followers, who are not so well-mannered, and you don’t like it.
… And see the slanderers squirming (we hope).
Our reader and associate Robert Kantor, who sent us the Instapundit article, adds these words:
The Tea Party was smeared relentlessly by the people who now call for civility. Biden denounced it as a terrorist group. Others denounced is as filled with neo-Nazis and racists. It was called the American Taliban and was indirectly blamed for the shooting of Gabby Gifford. Worst of all, Tea Partiers were dubbed Teabaggers, a word used to describe a certain homosexual act. President Obama used this term, as did many Democratic Party luminaries. The only violence at a Tea Party rally occurred when some union thugs beat up a black Tea Party supporter.
And now the leftist media has gone hysterical [over Donald Trump rallies where the Left is protesting violently], with the word “Nazi” heard over and over again.