Glenn Reynolds: How David Brooks created Donald Trump

Political establishment denounced bourgeois Tea Party. Now, they must face raucous working-class Trumpsters.

Last week, in assessing the rise of Donald Trump, New York Times columnist David Brooks engaged in an uncharacteristic bit of self-reflection:

“Trump voters,” he wrote, “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, 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.”

  • “Political establishment denounced bourgeois Tea Party. Now, they must face raucous working-class Trumpsters.” Poetic justice.

    • As more is revealed it has become apparent the GOP was a giant fraud.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Can someone punch Bill Kristol in the face for me?

  • Shebel

    ” A coalition of the dispossessed”—- NO,No No

    You dumb journalists don’t seem to understand that many Americans consider their Leaders to be Traitors.
    We want our Leaders to protect out Country— not to use us for Private wars or to sell us out to China.
    And we are tired of being told that we are Racists.

    So piss off with your journalistic rambling.

    • G

      I get a kick out of these asshole journalists who think that they are such geniuses when they finally say “Hey! Maybe these people have a point!”

      Hey dumbfux! Don’t bother tossing us your condescending little bones. Nobody’s listening to you jerks anymore! They’re just laughing their asses off as one newspaper after another goes under.

  • Brooks is right about one thing- he is going to have to change the way he does his job. How about for starters stop trying to be the hybrid progressive conservative by whose presence the New York Times attempts to maintain its last charade of objectivity. This is the same numbskull who gushed about the elegant crease in Obama’s slacks back in 2008. I guess it takes a fraud to appreciate a fraud.

  • Millie_Woods

    Once you’ve had a taste of inside the beltway life it’s hard to associate yourself with the commoners again. Let’s see if Brooks changes his tune or if he just becomes more subtle in his disdain.

    • Justin St.Denis

      He can always start reviewing theatrical productions. Theatre tends to be a safe cradle for progressives, assholes and other assorted hangers-on.

  • Minicapt

    Just remind yourself: David Brooks was born in Toronto.