Trump’s Invisible, Poor White Army’s Waiting On The Ropes

By ilana mercer

Donald Trump’s mortal enemies in mainstream politics and media have shifted strategy. In the ramp-up to the Iowa caucuses, February 1, the culprits have been pushing presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio onto a defiant Republican base. The Cartel has taken to discussing Trump as a nightmare from which they’ll soon awaken. Candidate Trump’s energetic, politically pertinent speeches, and near daily rallies—packed to the rafters with supporters—are covered by media only to condemn this or the other colorful altercation. Ted Cruz, we‘re being lectured, is poised to topple Trump in Iowa.

But what do you know? On the eve of January 12, as if in recoil to the concentrated toxicity of Barack Obama’s last State of Disunion address, featuring the divisive Nikki Haley in the GOP’s corner, Trump punched through the lattice of lies. The media-political-complex was caught trousers down again. National polls have Trump at 36 percent, Reuters at 39 percent. A CBS/NYT poll placed him 17 points ahead of Ted Cruz, his closest rival. In Iowa, Trump leads Cruz 28 to 26 percent.

The central conceit that currently defines media’s self-serving surmises is that the Trump Revolution is confined to the Right and is thus self-limiting. While the Right is always more courageous in bucking sclerotic authority, the Trump Revolution isn’t exclusively Republican or rightist.

I get the distinct impression that this Revolution encompasses Left and Right; Democrats, Republicans and Independents. As The Atlantic magazine cautioned, the polls are underestimating Trump’s support. The slow kids of media have yet to discover the methodological flaws inherent in survey methodology. Subjects are more likely to reply truthfully in anonymous, online surveys than in face-to-face or telephonic questionnaires. As if to confirm that Trumpites are coming out of the closet, a January 13, poll, courtesy of the Washington Examiner, catapulted Mr. Trump to near 50 percent.

Something else has made the special-needs media boil with bile: It’s the role of America’s much-maligned, white majority—65 percent and rapidly declining—in Trump’s meteoric ascent. Trump’s supporters are disenfranchised whites, left, right and center (or in an ideological no-man’s land). The silent majority that dare not speak its name—other than to flagellate for collective sins and perceived privilege—is still the largest demographic bloc in the US.

Working class whites, in particular, have been led down a political cul-de-sac.

Omitted at last year’s November 10, Fox Business, presidential debate were two loudly whispered secrets. The one was Marco Rubio’s expensing the Republican Party for personal spending. The other: Terrifying data that a large segment of white America was … dying.

“Mortality among middle-aged Americans with a high-school degree or less increased by 134 deaths per 100,000 people between 1999 and 2013,” wrote Olga Khazan of The Atlantic. Mortality among working-class white Americans has risen by half a percent a year. “That means ‘half a million people are dead who should not be dead.’” Since these whites are dying from “suicide, alcohol and drug poisonings, and alcohol-related liver disease,” Khazan concluded sadly that, “Middle-aged white Americans are dying of despair.” Otherwise, nobody has probed deeper than to advance reductive economic and educational causes.

My sense is that, “while Americans in their 40s and 50s don’t have enough money saved for retirement,” there’s more afoot than money.

Most of us have come across emaciated, gaunt, poor white men and women in our communities; middle-aged, often younger whites standing on the curb, begging for change. Indeed, we members of the informal, White Lives Matter movement notice that poor whites in America are very badly off.

But a political whiteout prohibits the candid discussion of their plight. Unless they’re being dubbed throw-away racists, bigots, or has-beens who can’t let go of white privilege—white, working-class America is invisible. It has been so for decades.

Consider what befell Martin O’Malley, Democrat for president, at the Netroots Nation conference, in Phoenix. “Black lives matter, black lives matter,” activists chanted at O’Malley, who dared to respond with the catchphrase, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”

The maniacal reaction to O’Malley’s truism was so vociferous, that soon he and the Democrats were denouncing the notion that all lives mattered, and apologizing to blacks for daring to imply that white lives mattered, too. A weak Bernie Sanders was practically chased off a Seattle stage by two Black Lives Matter women, and has since been silent about poor whites, except to promise proxy wars on Walmart and Wall Street.

Politically, at least, white lives are forfeit.

Bernie is full of humanist bromides. This Democrat candidate’s immigration plank, however, is “humane” to migrants and inhumane to their poor white American hosts. Sanders managed to discuss the plight of working class white America with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, without once mentioning immigration. Or the decimation of the coal industry in West Virginia, courtesy of Obama policies that saw 332 coal mines shuttered. These working-class white men came to D.C. hard hats in hand, to beg for their jobs. Nobody listened until Trump.

Stuff happens, poor whites are told. Quit being racist.

If you’re working-class and white, you’re invisible. You have been for decades. You used to be the backbone of the economy. No more. You’re still the backbone of the US military, more likely to die in the service of The State in far-flung countries.

Your love of country is sanctioned provided it is confined to dying in the wars launched by Rome-on-the-Potomac. You may find belonging only by risking your life abroad in the service of strangers, or opening your home to them, stateside. If you survive the combat-to-coffin career path, your love of community will need to encompass a million immigrants, each and every year, who’ll have the run of your schools, hospitals, libraries, parks and workplace. Destined to fight against subsistence farmers in foreign lands, you find yourself harassed on your homesteaded land, at home, never free from federal aggression.

As a share of America’s adult population, Donald Trump’s invisible, poor white army likely forms less than 48 percent. To them could be added other whites who favor borders and hanker after closely-knit communities and such Burkean peculiarities. I would imagine ranchers Hammond and Bundy are eager to hear from the one candidate who has not called them terrorists.

This, large, mostly white cohort is waiting on the ropes for … Donald Trump.


ILANA Mercer is a paleolibertarian writer based in the United States. She pens WND’s longest-standing, exclusive paleolibertarian column, “Return to Reason.” Ilana’s latest book is “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Her website is She blogs at


  1. Thank you for the chance to comment on Trump. I think he is lucky to have survived after personal attacks on a woman and a disabled man. I don’t mind non-PC political views, no matter how baldly expressed, but personal attacks fall beyond the scope of my preferred form of politics. It is also very likely that this man has no idea of how to implement the programme he claims to propose. I wouldn’t imagine half of what he proposes would be implemented. But we ought to be grateful to him for expanding the range of what can be said, which is ultimately what counts to libertarians.

  2. You’re hearing what Washington wants you to hear Mr Webb. Either that, or you don’t want to listen to anything reasonable being said about Donald Trump. It seems to me that his business success (among failures of course – nothing new there) upsets a lot of white people (I’m white they say but I didn’t get that lucky so he’s bad – like the papers say). How can some fat, rich guy, who dies his hair, know more about running a country than Hillary? Just for instance.

    Some people just can’t see beyond a pile of cash I reckon. Have no money and you’re a low-life. Have a little and you’re ok. Make plenty by yourself for yourself and you’re back to being a low-life.

    I’ve heard, and quite prepared to believe, how a couple travelling a road in the US stopped to help out Donald Trump after his car had broken down. Having helped him get back on the road again, he later had their mortgage settled. They were not rich people. On another occasion, a man dying in hospital who couldn’t afford further treatment, had his medical bills paid by Trump after he’d read of the man’s plight. Other similar stories are out there but don’t wait for the press to highlight any of them. They have their own agenda – set in Washington, ordered by Wall Street.

    Now imagine, if you can, our own wretched Prince Charles settling someone else’s mortgage. Not possible is it? Couldn’t possibly happen. He wouldn’t know what a mortgage is for starters, so he’d want to settle kindness by buying a pint of beer – other than he seldom carries cash. He’d also think, that if he did the person benefitting would assume that they were now firm friends – and that would ‘never’ do. I don’t know any of that for a fact of course but from my own experience, it seems to fit very well.

    Thank you again for a great post Ilana Mercer. I’ve become a great admirer of yours. You’re quite right, we are not in a healthy situation right now. Truly the dying white population of this world desperately need good spokesmen and writers who are not in the least bit afraid to allow the truth out. You certainly are one of them.

    Both Europe and the US are in desperately deep trouble – both financially and socially. I believe that Sweden is lost beyond recovery and that Germany will soon feel obliged to rely on mass passport handouts just to relieve the immigrant pressure they’ve placed themselves under. I can’t see how else they can take the heat out of Merkel’s great folly.

    Having family and business connections in Germany myself, it’s particularly hard for me to believe any nation could be so blindly stupid. All the good work Merkel managed to do during the past few years now wrecked within 4 months. A disaster not just for her and Germany but for all of us. Two million people soon to be swollen to five, or perhaps six, by the time the politically correct have finished their work. And that’s the numbers they’re telling us about. Then, the predictable out-breeding begins.

    I grieve for the souls who worked so hard to give us what we have. Grave yards yet to hear the roar of a bulldozer are full of them. Millions of mourning friends and relatives yet haunt the places where once was set a Christian church. Ashamed now of my own shameless generation and how ungrateful so many of them are. They fully deserve the horror that awaits – sadly however, it’s their children and grandchildren that will pay most.

  3. I am quite certain, being this Blog’s Pessimist-in-Chief for some time, that the AmericanPolitical-EnemyClass will find a plan to upend and destroy Trump sometime soon. The standard British-State-way of doing things like “trawling his household refuse for intelligence-product of potential public interest” – or “getting the BBC to film a seizure of all his phones and computers” will not work, for Trump will be on to these ones already.

    They’ll find a way. We’ll have to see then how the election of the ClintoNazietta works out for the American People and other people.

    Oh, and in accordance with Libertarian Alliance Policy, I have not as an officer made any voting recommendation for the Americans’ Presidential Election here. As HM The Queen said in 2014 when bounced by the British Press about her views on the possible outcome of the Scots People’s referendum on leaving the UK, she said, nobly:
    “I am sure that everyone will think very carefully about the future”.

    • “…the AmericanPolitical-EnemyClass will find a plan to upend and destroy Trump sometime soon.”

      My concern is that any hope based on a single ‘Great Man’, such as the Donald Trump phenomenon, will be extremely vulnerable to assassination. And it would be done in an infuriatingly sneaky way, too, so that no blame could be attached to his political enemies on the left.

      I can see them getting a lone nut job – or better yet a “right-wing extremist” nut job – to shoot him for some incoherent personal grudge. As happened to George Lincoln Rockwell. Ultimately, the reason wouldn’t matter – Trump would be gone, and the movement based on a cult of personality would evaporate.

  4. Also, isn’t anyone else rather embarrassed by the campaign to ban Donald Trump from Britain? I’m sure the majority are actually sympathetic to his call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries with high levels of Islamist extremists.

    • That’s why the BritishPolitical-EnemyClass is so hysterically scared that he might come here.

      He’d be mobbed in the public streets by thousands of enthusiastic supporters, all calling for him to be “Prime Minister”. That’s the educational level to which our very ownPolitical-Enemyclass here has purposefully-sunkenized the British Sheeple.

      They can’t have him come yet, because although ACPO, packed with Common-Purpose-Nazis as it now is, knows that the Army would for sure refuse to obey Police orders to open fire on demonstrating Britons, it is not ready yet as the Army has not been fully-degraded in its morale or numbers. Until no regiments can be found who’d refuse such orders openly, Trump must not be permitted by the State to come here.

      I may be wrong, but I cannot recall an historical time at which a US Presidential Candidate would not have been welcome, or banned from, coming Britain. Perhaps only before about 1815…?

      I’m sure we’d have allowed Abraham Lincoln….tempers would have cooled somewhat by then?

  5. I share the worries over the safety of Mr Trump. For the cartel who run American media and politics, he is a very dangerous man indeed. That cartel includes those within his own party.

    Between the “red corner” and the “blue corner” and the (unmentionable here) blue and white stripe control of both – along with the media – it is all nice and cosy. They all have the same general attitudes, the same general policies, the same ability to purposefully miss the real point of anything (by a country mile).

    They are all hooked in to the same system. Donald is an outsider. He is not easy to pin down. He is not playing the usual games. He stands defiant of the game. He is owned by nobody. He is not obviously in anybody’s pocket – (particularly those who cannot be mentioned!). He understands money, finance, consequences of policies, the stench of what is being done.

    And finally, he seems to genuinely care – and care deeply – for America and Americans. He does not seem to be a phony. He is not in it for a career. He is not in it for status, or to set this or that precedent. He is in it because he seems to actually care and has a proud desire to “Make America Great Again’.

    Which, by the sounds of it, includes rolling back and holding back “libtards”, telling them to shut the hell up because he doesn’t care about how whiny they get, lifting the weight of the middle class whites, bringing back jobs and industry, securing borders and doing what is actually best for traditional America, which hopefully includes not prodding Russia, not meddling in stupid Middle Eastern adventures, etc.

    For all of these reasons, he is a walking target. One of the only things that would potentially convince me that the whole world isn’t under the control of some puppeteers is that if he makes it, alive, to the White House and actually implements his policy positions.

    I am expecting a “Jorg Haider” style “car accident”, a Robin Cook “heart attack” or a “Dr David Kelly” unexpected “suicide” – or some kind of event to prevent him getting there. Something that stinks to high heaven as being dodgy, but gets hard to prove and slips into the similar “conspiracy theorist” realms.

    If people think that the governments in the west aren’t capable of murdering people, its own citizens, I think they should think again. The maniacs ruling the world will stop at nothing to keep things going, particularly those vested in finances.

  6. The very best outcome for European (i.e. pre-1870 heritage) America, and for the rest of us, is for Trump to be the GOP candidate, but then lose narrowly to Hillary in the general election – preferably with whispers here and there of ballot-rigging.

    The very worst outcome would be a Trump win. The role of Donald Trump here isn’t to become president. That’s not his usefulness. How he serves us is that his candidacy creates a ‘safe space’ for more reactionary opinions than have not been allowed in recent years. He is an enabler.

    If Trump wins, then things can only get worse without most European Americans noticing or much caring.

    If Hillary wins, then things can only get worse, but Americans will notice and a critical few will care – and ‘something’ might happen.

    Trump is the safety valve candidate. The very likelihood that, as president, he will alleviate some isolated problems is what makes him so dangerous. By alleviating the worst of the kulturkampf and roughing off the edges of the liberal Establishment, Trump will be acting as nothing more than a tranquilliser while capitalists administer the same poison. That’s quite apart from the observation that Trump is basically a businessman and not ideological or even wedded much to the country’s heritage. His interest in cultural issues is to do with how he can exploit them managerially and politically. As president, he will look at America in business terms and will promote and enact laws that, if anything, make the racial situation worse – but with plenty of propaganda and media filtering to suggest otherwise. That’s the key point – a Trump presidency would smother dissent, not catalyse it.

    In a way, Trump is the mirror image of Bill Clinton. By the early 90s, America was going through a painful recession and also suffering social fallout from the economic liberalism of the Reagan years. The incumbent, Bush Snr., was a rather aloof president in the neo-Grecian WASP mould. The Establishment needed a moderate Democrat who looked a bit blue collar and “down-to-earth” to come in and “re-connect” the system with y’all folks. “How’re doin’?” “I feel your pain”. Young, caring, look at that smile.

    Trump is fulfilling much the same role in regard to the fallout from social and economic legacy of the Obama era. It’s all the same system – capitalism – the problems just being magnified in different ways by different incumbents. In the matter of race, ordinary Americans can see this is not their country any more. Put Hillary in office, and think of the message that sends. Although she is more moderate than Obama and has a rather divided nature with some conservative impulses, she will be trapped by her Democratic base and will enact all sorts of gimmicky legislation to satisfy them. The scene will be set for an explosive situation. Those are the conditions under which things really change.

    • I am not really convinced that “worse is better”. Arguably, in some situations, worse can only ever mean worse.

      Nationalists in this country have been banging the drum of “worse is better” for over 60 years. I can understand it, but I can’t see it having much success.

      In the meantime, we have demographically lost nearly four of our main cities and other large towns, we have had bombings, soldiers being run down and beheaded on the streets, mass rape and exploitation of young English girls, countless murders, robberies, beatings. Nothing happens.

      Did ‘worse is better’ save London? Or Birmingham? Did people rise up to put a stop to it? Did the nation rally together outside of London to turn back the tide of losing our capital city to interlopers?

      Just how bad and how ‘far gone’ are things expected to get before there is this ‘awakening’ and racially aware revolution to reinstate things as they ought to be? Particularly when for each generation that passes, they seem to get more effeminate, more ‘integrated’ into their new reality surroundings (knowing nothing else than it), more brainwashed to think nothing of any of it?

      Trump is being touted as some kind of saviour of America – but he is not a nationalist. He is not all that different from the rest of them – but he is different and outstanding enough to be a challenge to the system, and perhaps it is what is needed to steer the overarching train back to stations where more work can be done to boost the fortunes and interests of traditional America.

      In the end, even if he does get the top job, it may well fail. But like with Nigel Farage and his sorts, when they do fail and when people have given “politics” a shot and things are still deteriorating – maybe they are just as likely to rise up about that, finally realising that politics is not not necessarily going to be their saviour from the troubles that are brewing.

      I am not convinced that we should celebrate things getting worse and continue letting our opponents dig our grave. Surely people are better getting in there, riding the Trump Train for all it can deliver, building solidly for the future in the hope that a change in attitudes and approaches can help deliver something more, in the long term.

  7. [quote]”I am not convinced that we should celebrate things getting worse and continue letting our opponents dig our grave. Surely people are better getting in there, riding the Trump Train for all it can deliver, building solidly for the future in the hope that a change in attitudes and approaches can help deliver something more, in the long term.”[unquote]

    Of course, I can agree with you to an extent. I’m also glad to see another Racial Nationalist here, though I suspect there’s a lot of things we won’t agree on. I am syncretic in my worldview and lean very heavily in a socialist/Marxist and anarchist direction. This partly explains what attracts me to libertarians and this blog, but it also explains my thinking, even on ordinary political issues such as this. It’s why I choose not to apply Dr Gabb’s ‘re-boot button’ to the United States. Trump won’t ‘make America great again’. He can’t, but that’s not his fault. It’s because the system wasn’t designed to be re-made. All that Americans have available to them is an off-switch – and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.

    On the matter of who we, as Britons, should give moral succour to in the 2016 general election, I agree that while we may be distanced from the matter, we are far from disinterested, so like you, I will throw my hat into the ring.

    I have no time for liberal democratic politics, so when I look at someone like Trump, I don’t assume any loyalty in either direction, I just coldly assess the pros and cons, a bit like Trump does: he is a businessman, after all (and to be fair, there’s nothing wrong with that really). Trump has all the personal qualities to make a good president, and he should be taken seriously as a candidate in his own right. But it’s fairly clear to me that he has been put up on purpose, though he may not realise this himself. His rational business brain probably is in creative tension with a more egotistic and Romantic facet to his personality, in which he conjures up a private mental world infused with Destiny. He probably really thinks he actually can ‘make America great again’, but whatever grand delusions he might have in his own head, he is there to keep the existing system running.

    I draw the parallel with 1992 and Clinton, but I could have cited other elections: 1981 and Reagan, for instance. What these have in common is that they marked a crisis point in the capitalist system. The pan was getting a little too hot and our frog were starting to get agitated, so they needed a friendly voice – “Hey ya’ll!” – to reassure the teeming frogs while the heat was turned down just a touch.

    In 1981, it was a second-rate actor and third-rate economics graduate, essentially a tool of plutocrats. A liberal-minded dimwit Hollywood celebrity who starred in some General Electric adverts and thought he was a Republican. A perfect vehicle for the financialisation of American capitalism.

    “Hey Nancy, look at that eagle!”

    “What eagle, Ron?”

    “That eagle, over there!”

    “Ron, that’s the Great Seal of Office, and you’re in a full session of Congress and everybody’s waiting for you to give a speech on the budget.”

    “The budget? What budget? Oh…..Oh you mean THE budget.”

    “Yes Ron, THE budget. You know the one where we strip all the assets away for our nice friends on Wall Street and deindustrialise the country, give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in order to depress wages, abolish federal parole and expand the prison-industrial complex, give billions to arms contractors and prop up the illegal arms trade, and generally screw everybody. Well, almost everybody.”

    “Is that all in this budget?”

    “Well, no, we’re still working on some of it.”

    Right. I better give that speech.”

    “Oh and Ron?”

    “Yes, Nancy?”

    “I’m not Nancy. I’m your economic adviser, Edwin.”

    “Edwin? I’ve never heard of you?”

    “Let’s keep it that way, Mister President.”

    “Yes, and God Bless America!”

    Then in 1992, we had the second instalment:

    “Hey ya’ll!” How you folks doin’? I’m Bill! Now, I know times are tough an’ all, and y’all are feelin’ the pinch because of those dirty, lowdown, good-for-nothin’, cheatin’ Republicans. Well ya’ll folks should know that I’m on your side. I feel your pain. Vote for me, Bill. I won’t stop it, but I’ll sure make the poison go down much easier. Don’t worry about all that NAFTA business. Leave it with me, your friend, Bill.”

    I’m having some fun here, but my point is a serious one. Clinton’s role was to mollify working class dissent in the United States, among both whites and blacks. Trump’s role is very similar. You do need to take the racial blinkers off, ConcernedBrit, and learn to see things in class terms, if you want to see what is really going on.

    Don’t misunderstand me: I’m not saying Trump is a stupid or gullible man or that he harbours any ill-intentions. Quite the opposite. But what I am saying is that any contribution he makes has to be viewed as part of a self-regulating social system, which is really based on class differences, with race as a proxy for class. Once you understand this, you quickly realise that the more Trump makes things ‘better’, the more they will get worse. That’s why I said he’s the mirror image of Clinton.

    What’s needed is for more people to realise that America doesn’t have a re-boot button, and to start reaching for that off-switch. Remember that America was designed as a republic, not a democracy, and was meant to collapse or break-apart under conditions such as these. The off-switch isn’t failure. If anything, it’s the reaffirmation of American Ideals and the true radicalism that infused the revolutionary spirit of its founders. It is, in any event, part of the necessary dialectical process for saving the country. Trump does have a positive role in this. If he wins the GOP nomination but loses narrowly to Clinton, he will have opened up a huge space for various strands of thinking: including libertarianism, reaction and American ethno-Nationalism. He will have also opened up a huge sore of resentment that is clearly bubbling under the surface of White America. So please don’t think I’m being dismissive of Trump.

  8. My main doubt about Trump is that he could be poised to turn into an American Caesar – a man who “gets things done” on a practical level…and the limits of the republic (or the Constitution) be damned. And let’s face it – it’s about the right time in the historical development of the American republic for an American Caesar to appear. America was founded on the model of Rome, after all, and seems determined to repeat its devolution

    My main dilemma is that while I agree that it’s not necessarily a good idea to make the leader of the mutiny into the Captain of the ship, I believe it is essential that the mutiny be completed, and the phony-balony charade of the current, corrupt, two-party system be dismantled as completely as possible – and with the mutiny already in progress, a push through to a Trump presidency may well be the only way to accomplish that.

    And, of course, on the other hand, the elite may feel panicked by political developments that portend to disrupt one of their major control-systems, to the point that they feel backed into a corner and have little choice but to bring the hammer down with a false-flag crisis of some sort that will invoke a government clampdown (if not outright martial law) and put all normal ”politics” on hold – indefinitely.

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