Kate McKinnon opened this past weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” with a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” It was a fitting tribute to the legendary songwriter, who passed away earlier in the week. But as millions of Americans tuned in, anxiously awaiting political satire, they would soon learn they were in store for an evening of mourning and chastising.
As the Emmy award-winning cast member concluded the song, she turned to the audience and tearfully vowed, “I’m not giving up and neither should you.” In that moment, Mckinnon not only set the tone for the rest of the show, she reminded Main Street America why they elected Donald Trump.
America is not the media elites in Manhattan. It certainly is not the phoniness of Hollywood. And it definitely is not the politicians and K Street whores who reside and work in Washington and are incapable of comprehending the America that proudly holds dear its faith, family and firearms. The overwhelming majority of law-abiding, God-fearing and Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking Americans are nothing but a bunch of racist rednecks who vote their fears and hate, according to the media and political elites. On Election Day, in a unified voice, they told the snobs: enough is enough.
Disagreeing with President Obama does not make you a racist. Believing in the traditional definition of marriage does not make you homophobic. Supporting secure borders and obeying immigration laws does not make you xenophobic. Not wanting your 9-year-old daughter sharing a bathroom with an adult born with a penis is called good parenting in most circles—not transphobic. Yet, popular culture and the old guard press would rather see the worst in people. And just like “Saturday Night Live” went out of its way to hold a wake for the America they believe had died, they are apparently unaware that folks in Carmel, Indiana, Plano, Texas and Crestview, Florida see Tuesday’s results as a resurgence of hope. And all they did was remind Main Street America why they voted for Trump.
Long before President Obama took the oath of office, the political correctness culture began obstructing free speech and sabotaging the free exchange of ideas on college campuses. Progressive ideologues who have dominated academia for the past half-century are proselytizing a new generation of students to worship at the Progressive altar. Blame America. Despise capitalism. Degrade and silence those who disagree with you. A lethal attack against civilians isn’t terrorism, it’s “resistance.” And if you refer to the perpetrators of this mayhem as “Islamic extremists,” you must be Islamophobic.
While this mindset permeates our news coverage and popular culture, Main Street America still displays the flag, commemorates loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice, and believes in the American Dream. Given the choice between a presidential candidate who espouses those ideals and one who opposes them, endearing her to a snobbish press and adoring pop culture, they tend to vote for what they love and cherish.
The folks who voted for Trump considered his remarks about women disgusting, and they cringed at his initial description of Mexicans. But guess what, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee and Sarah Silverman: They find your remarks about them personally offensive. And yes, Madam Secretary, calling millions of Americans “deplorable” has consequences at the ballot box.
Let’s be clear. I found both candidates to be awful. I made bumper stickers that read “Clinton or Trump for President, What the f**K did we do to deserve this?” I remain terribly disappointed that Trump’s campaign hasn’t denounced the support of white supremacists or the anti-Semitism spewed by social media trolls in support of his candidacy. But actions speak louder than words. And Clinton’s support of the Iran nuclear deal, her praise of the anti-Semitic writings of Max Blumenthal, and surrounding herself with advisers who see a moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas, remind this Jewish father that my kids are better off with the guy who has an observant Jewish daughter and isn’t beholden to the Saudis.
To the shock of studio execs in Hollywood and managing editors in New York, the country bumpkin who drives a pick-up truck in Kentucky actually does own a television and even has Internet access. He sees the carnage in Chicago, the mocking of faith on television and the late night jokes that ridicule him. They also see a press, government and cultural elites who continue to demonize law enforcement even after the evidence has cleared them.
Main Street America is tired of being made to feel like bigots and criminals. The harsh reality is that they haven’t had a raise since 2007; their jobs have been outsourced to Beijing or Mexico City; and the Affordable Care Act has made their health insurance cost more than their mortgage and car payment combined.
But you keep believing it’s all about ignorance and racism. With that attitude, your bigotry will put you out of business: politically and financially.
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media.
Paul Miller is President and Executive Director of the News and Public Policy Group, Haym Salomon Center. Follow @pauliespoint.