True to form, David Brooks gives the eternally obnoxious Donald Trump a pass because he has lots and lots of money (via Chez):
A child of wealth, he is more at home with the immigrants and the lower-middle-class strivers, who share his straightforward belief in the Gospel of Success, than he is among members of the haute bourgeoisie, who are above it. Like many swashbuckler capitalists, he is essentially anti-elitist. Trump is no joke… (he is) the living, walking personification of the Gospel of Success.
Brook’s piece in the NY Times is also critical of Trump, particularly regarding his new birther views, but Brooks ultimately decides that Trump is ok because he tries to convince everyone they can become billionaires like him. Brooks sees this type of ostentatious bragging as being useful to poor Americans – be like Trump (greedy, vain and materialistic), and you can get rich too. For Brooks, redistribution of wealth can only occur if the lazy poor work harder and have middle class aspirations, and Trump merely symbolizes a more extreme version of this.
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