The parallels between the UK’s shocking approval of the Brexit referendum in June and the U.S.’s even-more-shocking election of Donald Trump as President last night are overwhelming. Elites (outside of populist right-wing circles) aggressively unified across ideological lines in opposition to both. Supporters of Brexit and Trump were continually maligned by the dominant media narrative (validly or otherwise) as primitive, stupid, racist, xenophobic, and irrational. In each case, journalists who spend all day chatting with one another on Twitter and congregating in exclusive social circles in national capitals – constantly re-affirming their own wisdom in an endless feedback loop – were certain of victory. Afterward, the elites whose entitlement to prevail was crushed devoted their energies to blaming everyone they could find except for themselves, while doubling-down on their unbridled contempt for those who defied them, steadfastly refusing to examine what drove their insubordination.
Democrats, Trump and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit