Berry Craig: Keeping quiet about his anti-union views—while loudly denouncing trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP—is a big part of his con job on working stiffs.
Berry Craig: Matthews presents himself as a gritty, working-class champion who stands up to powerful politicians and their flacks like Conway. More often than not, he goes after them. In the Conway interview, he played lapdog, not watchdog.
Berry Craig: Trump’s really not going to do anything to redirect wealth and power to working class people and poor people who feel vulnerable and scared,
Berry Craig: Trump, who has spent months fawning over Putin, had done nothing to ally suspicions from Democrats, and even a few Republicans, that Putin indeed helped him win on November 8.
Berry Craig: Billionaire Trump’s I-may-be-rich-but-I’m-one-of-you-at-heart shtick indeed worked on a lot of union households, if exit polls are right.
Berry Craig: More than a few Confederate battle flags fluttered above Trump yard signs and flapped at Trump rallies in Dixie and in border states like Kentucky, where I was born, reared and still live.
Berry Craig: “Whoever was dropping the leaflets came back over the Memorial Day weekend. This time they had an anti-LGBT message. They left them again in driveways and on stoops.”
Berry Craig: At least Trump is a consistent truth-twister. His fibs range from the vapid—like taking credit for “saving” Ford jobs in the Falls City—to venal—like linking Sen. Ted Cruz’s father to the Kennedy assassination.
Berry Craig: Billionaire Trump should thank the nation’s founders—well-heeled and powerful white men—for creating the electoral college. Their aim was to make sure that only guys like them could be president.
Berry Craig: Trump pandered to prejudice more overtly than any White House hopeful since George Stand-in-the-Schoolhouse-Door Wallace, Alabama’s segregationist governor.
Berry Craig: He aimed his message squarely at his nation’s majority, appealing to raw emotion, not reason. He skillfully pandered to their prejudices, which were his prejudices, too.
Berry Craig: Fellow Democrats I know are anything but bummed. They’re ballistic and plan to prove it in seven days. I’m with them all the way to the voting booth.
Berry Craig: Trump dissed Hillary as “such a nasty woman.” He glowered. He grimaced. He smirked. He bent down and intoned “wrong!” into the mike and did his best Alec Baldwin impersonation.