When things go wrong, you go back to basics. As the down-home saying has it: “I’ll dance with who brung me.”
What “brung” Donald Trump to the White House was not the support of establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell, but the white resentment that had built up during the eight years of the Obama administration. And as Congressional Republicans start to back away from him, Trump is responding by going back to that well.
Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild started studying the Trump base years before anybody knew they’d be the Trump base. In her book Strangers in Their Own Land, she summed up their “deep story” — the narrative of how life feels to them — like this:
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