Kid Rock went golfing with Donald Trump. Kid Rock is sort of the Ted Nugent of the 21st century, slightly more talented, but a has been rock star who is willing to sell out his people for some star time with a horrible president.
Rock borrowed heavily from hip hop for his music and has some interesting racial dynamics in some of his songs, one of which is about his sexual relationship with a black woman. In another song, he sings, “I’m not straight out of Compton, I’m straight out the trailer.”
Rock is living proof that black people are smarter than white people. We don’t know, but can infer, that, if he votes, Rock voted for Trump. Only 8% of African Americans voted for Trump. They have a substantial body of cultural memory that tells them that Trump is bad news. They realize that, although Trump spent the campaign picking on Hispanic people, his prejudice could turn to African Americans very quickly if he has the chance and feels the need.
More importantly, white people in the United States have always fallen for the plutocrat con according to which racial solidarity is more important than class solidarity. Secession and the Civil War were not good for poor white people. Lots of them died and much property got destroyed, almost all of it in the South, but they signed up in large numbers and fought — for a while. Towards the end of the War, desertion became a huge problem for the Confederate Army.
Near the end of the 19th century, the Populists (the real Populists) started to organize both black and white farmers, potentially creating a formidable political coalition. The plutocrats saw what was coming and put a stop to it by appealing to the racist impulses of the white farmers, who supported laws requiring racial segregation, foreshadowing poor people voting Republican from Nixon through Trump, supporting the Party’s racism and its policies that harm poor white people.
Shortly after the 2016 election, the Hispanic Twitter user Juan Pa offered up a fascinating tweet storm in which he explained what he saw as the reasons why poor white people fall for the Trump con.
Trump has done nothing to help any poor person and he’s not going to. He doesn’t care about poor people and he’s not going to start.
Kid Rock may have sold enough CDs to be rich now, but he will always be the kind of guy who shows up on the golf course wearing inappropriate, American flag pants and will never fit in.
It’s not the fault of poor people that they don’t understand rich people. They grow up in separate worlds and are quite distinct subcultures in the United States. Trump doesn’t understand poor people and poor people do not understand Trump.
This becomes a serious problem when poor people trust people like Trump to help them and look out for them, which he will never do.
It is true that Franklin Roosevelt, the President who created the New Deal, came from a rich family, but Roosevelt obviously had some sense of humanity and compassion. He did not suffer whatever childhood trauma scrambled Trump’s personality. He did suffer polio as an adult and became disabled, which likely taught him even more compassion. He also stayed married to his first and only wife, Eleanor, who was famous for her concern for poor people.
Race and class are distinct issues in the United States. Being poor and black is worse than being poor and white. White people support racism because they want to have someone to look down on, and that is black people in the United States.
But it is also the case that one can pretty reliably predict a person’s attitudes on class issues by looking at how they deal with issues of race and ethnicity. When Trump said that most Mexican immigrants were rapists and murderers, he explicitly distinguished those immigrants from the people in the audience listening to him, and they ate it up.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
For their votes, they got the Trump trade war, which is causing people to lose their jobs, and a significant number of people are paying more in taxes after the huge Republican tax cut that has caused the federal deficit to balloon. They got a sedulous effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, which was making health insurance more affordable for millions of people and reining in health care costs, but which Republicans oppose in typical, bloody minded fashion.
Kid Rock is the epitome of white people stupidity. He thinks he’s cool because he gets to play golf with the president, not recognizing that he is just a prop in the Trump’s play. Trump is even worse than most Republicans because he combines the hostility of a Republican for poor people with his own, peculiar brand of mental illness that only exacerbates the malign impulses of a typical Republican.
Kid Rock playing golf with Trump is a symbol of what is wrong with our politics. We should collectively turn our backs and go in the opposite direction.