Trumpism Beyond Trump: Who Speaks for the New American Majority?
It’s a curious fact about Trump, who is currently dominating the Republican primary season, that he’s the first of our age of American presidents to seek to represent the non-white, working-class voters he ran during the primaries.
It’s no accident that Trump’s first two White House runs were supported by white male Republicans from middle-class or upper-income backgrounds. What it has to do with is his unique appeal to these voters.
Trump may never have run for office, but he has spent his entire adult life in the media. His entire adult life he had a platform from which to run for office. And he’s spent it building the kind of media career we’ve only seen from previous generations. His career as a media star started while he was a very young man, when he moved into the New York tabloids as a teenager to cover crime.
In the process he managed to build a media career not unlike that enjoyed by many of today’s most successful media stars. He wrote a syndicated column called “The Donald,” in which he was given semi-regular, weekly, one-on-one interviews with the editor of New York’s Village Voice, who would then turn the pieces into his daily column.
The Donald’s column evolved into a multi-media entertainment empire. He wrote many books, including a New York Times best-seller, “Crippled America: How the Media Hijacked Our Election and Classified the Trump Presidency,” about how the media helped in the election’s outcome. And for a time, he was a movie star, playing himself in the ‘80s.
He’s also a television star. And in that realm, he’s always been a little different from other media stars. While, say, Dan Rather or Bob Iger have been TV stars