President Barak Obama's recent observations about "populism" is further evidence of how the elites have no clue about what the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit are about. (See "Obama goes on "rant" about Donald Trump's populism.") Both Brexit and Donald Trump have touched a nerve of the many Americans and British who have had it up to their eyeballs with the instructions and edicts issuing forth from the all-knowing and reality challenged politicians, academics, pundits and other elites.
The "common folks" are sick of being labeled anti-intellectuals, bigots, know-nothings and other pejoratives for objecting to the given wisdom and no one has elaborated on the frustration better than Chicago Tribune columnist Ron Grossman, no friend of Trump:
Whenever I hear the words "immigration reform" I want to hop on a bus for El Paso and start laying bricks for the wall that Donald Trump
proposes to keep out illegal immigrants. It's my share of the street-level anger that provoked British voters to say goodbye to the European Union, and made Trump the most unorthodox candidate ever to become the presumptive presidential nominee of a major American political party.
Lots of us, like our English cousins, have had it with politicians and academics who not only are out of touch with the average Joe and Jill, but don't speak the same language as an ordinary citizen. (Which reminds me to send a note to my editor: "DO NOT change 'illegal immigrants' to that cockamamie phrase 'undocumented immigrants.'" Of course, they're undocumented. That's why they are illegal.)
Read the rest of it here and rejoice that these expressions found their way into the legacy media.
Related: Here's another piece worth reading, "I don't like Donald Trump. But he might get my vote," by Jim Ruth in the Washington Post.
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