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Wed Sep 28, 2022, 01:17 PM

Right-Wing Populism May Rise in the U.S. - Galston

Galston is the liberal columnist of the WSJ

Analysts who believed that the surge of right-wing populism had crested in Europe have suffered a series of shocks during the past six months. Democrats, take notice, because the U.S. could be next. In France, Marine Le Pen received 41.5% of the popular vote in her April presidential runoff with Emmanuel Macron, up from 33.9% in 2017. Earlier this month the Sweden Democrats, once a fringe anti-immigrant party, received 20.5% of the vote and became the largest party in the new center-right majority. This past weekend, the Brothers of Italy, whose origins trace back to the Italian Social Movement, founded by ex-Fascists after World War II, won 26.3% of the vote,

These countries’ populists have been lifted up by dynamics that span the Continent. In recent decades, many less-educated, blue-collar voters have lost jobs, income and status. Small-business owners have struggled under the burdens of taxes and regulation, and inflation has worsened their plight. Despite massive assistance from the European Union, many smaller communities in “peripheral” areas have languished. There’s widespread discontent with the status quo, which presents an opportunity for parties willing to invoke nationalist themes and scapegoat immigrants as a threat to their countries’ economies and cultures.

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Some Republicans want to expand these stances into a full-blown national populist strategy. Last year, Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.), a leading contender for a position in GOP House leadership, sent a hard-hitting memo to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging him to seize the opportunity created by Donald Trump to transform Republicans into the party of the working class. Forget about Wall Street and big corporations, he argued, which have taken on far-left values. Instead, support small businesses and blue-collar interests. Characterize measures to restrict trade and slow China’s rise as a defense of working-class jobs. Oppose both illegal immigration and expanded legal immigration as threats to blue-collar Americans.

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In an interview, Republican anti-Trump activist Sarah Longwell urged me not to underestimate the threat populist Republicans pose. The Trumpists are “coming for your voters,” she said, and Democrats aren’t doing enough to win back the working-class supporters who were once the party’s base. The failure of the Biden administration to develop a coherent immigration policy creates a huge opportunity for Republicans. More broadly, she argued, Democrats’ emphasis on college-educated voters over the working-class is in the long run a “bad trade.” Fewer Americans have graduated from college than haven’t, and the Electoral College gives an advantage to states with greater concentrations of working-class voters.

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Wed Sep 28, 2022, 10:28 PM

1. How can they be against legal immigration when there are 11 million jobs openings?

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