Batya Ungar-Sargon: Trump Resembles New Deal Democrat — His Views Align with Working-Class Americans

Batya Ungar-Sargon’s interview this week on The War Room with Steve Bannon was unlike any other.

Batya, a former liberal from Queens and an opinion editor at Newsweek, shared her transformation from a hardcore New York leftist to a supporter of Trump.

It’s remarkable! Her depiction of Trump Nation is spot-on. The left won’t grasp this. The elites won’t comprehend it. Yet, this is why they fear him and his MAGA movement.

Trump speaks on behalf of working Americans. He represents the values of the working class and American greatness. The elites will never be able to sever the connection he shares with the American people.

Batya claims, “Donald Trump is like a New Deal Democrat.”

Steve Bannon: I want to talk about, you say you’re a liberal or progressive, yet this book is, I know you’re going to come out with a bigger media campaign later, but Second Class is one of the definitive works out there. It’s about to come out. How do you say you’re a liberal? When I read it, and I feel like I’m reading a MAGA writer?

Batya Ungar-Sargon: Well, to me, Donald Trump is kind of like a New Deal Democrat. And this is something I tried to explain to Bill Maher, as well.

To Democrats and liberals, Trump is an extremist, but to Trump supporters, he is a moderate, if not a liberal. His view on abortion, 16 weeks, right? That was the Democrats view until the 90s. His view on immigration, that mass migration is class warfare against the working class.

That was the view of the Democrats until the 90s. Bernie Sanders in 2015, open borders. That’s a Koch brothers proposal. Right? You remember that Trump is pro-black. He’s courting black voters.

He’s pro-gay. I hear that from his supporters all the time, and they love that about him. That is who the Democrats used to be, and now it is who MAGA is. And I say that with a lot of love and respect.

Steve Bannon: So how talk about that as a liberal, you’ve been outcast because you take the side of the working class. So how can that be? The Democrats tell us all the time they’re a working class party.

Batya Ungar-Sargon: No, that’s complete nonsense. The Democrats are the party of the college credentialed elites and the dependent poor. So all of their policies are either about flattering the vanity of the rich or sustaining the poor. That won’t work.

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And meanwhile, everybody in the middle, the hardworking people who listen to your show, who you know about and who you respect, they were not represented by either party until Trump came along.

Trump showed up and said, wait a minute. Why is no one standing up for the hardworking American? And what I did for this book is I traveled around the country and interviewed working class Americans. And let me tell you something, Steve, and you know this.

Working class Americans, whether they vote for Democrat or Republican, whether they’re liberal or conservative, they all have the same views. Like, neither party is really speaking to them. They all agree by and large about the most important issues. Polarization is a totally elite phenomenon…

So there’s no natural connection between supporting abortion on demand and believing in climate change and supporting an open border. Those things were cobbled together because they are all in the interests of the leftist elites. And so if you’re in those leftist elites, you’re like, oh, these are all my priorities.

If you are a hardworking american, those are not your priorities. You go issue by issue and say, well, I’m a Christian, so I would never get an abortion, but I know somebody who was raped, so I don’t want it to be banned. You say, well, I have a family member who’s gay, and I want them to be treated with dignity, but I have a child school and I’m terrified of the trans agenda. Right.

You have this because the American working class is deeply tolerant, and so that is how they approach the world.


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