Follow the money. Because, even though Democrats don’t like it, money is speech. It speaks louder than words. And those who believe in something put their money where their mouth is.
As they say.
If you want evidence that President Trump’s populist revolution has made the Republican Party the party of the people, look no further than the money. The donations.
An excellent but, of course, little-noted article by Matea Gold of the Washington Post reports that small-dollar donations – defined as $200 or less – to the Republican Party this year have vastly outpaced such giving to the Democrats.
According to the piece:
The $40 million in low-dollar donations the RNC has raised so far this year is the most the party has collected at this point in an election cycle since 2005, according to records compiled by the Campaign Finance Institute. And it outstrips small contributions going to the Democratic National Committee, which raised $25 million in such donations by the end of last month.
More money for the RNC is flowing through the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, which had pulled in $14.4 million as of June 30, including $11 million in donations of $200 and less, filings show.
This follows the incredible haul Trump amassed from small donors during 2016, according to the Post.
In his 2016 campaign, Trump raised an unprecedented $239 million from donors who gave him a total of $200 or less. That’s more than Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders combined pulled in from low-dollar contributors during the election — and beats the nearly $219 million that former president Barack Obama raised from small donors in his 2012 reelection, according to the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute.
Average Americans have been energized by Trump’s message that America can be still be retrieved from the clutches of the elite, whose policies have led to a destruction of the culture, tens of trillions of dollars in debt and unfunded obligations, existential threats from overseas, and a stagnant economy.
The establishment doesn’t get Trump’s appeal because it doesn’t even understand its own failure. They think Republican voters are idiots, but in fact, average people are far more perceptive about the peril facing America. They are willing to live with Trump’s weaknesses for a chance at redemption. Because like them, he is strong enough to absorb being called racist, uncaring, and intolerant in order to try to save the country they feel they are losing. Particularly to save the middle class and the poor – the very people liberals claim to champion – from the ravages of socialism, decadence, and a failure to understand our enemies.
It may take a little while, but the perception will catch up with reality. Democrats think of themselves as the party of the little guy. But increasingly, they are simply a clearinghouse for aggrieved factions and wealthy elites. If the country begins to understand the Republican party as the home of working and middle-class people – whatever their race or gender – then the GOP could become the majority party for decades.