Why have the Democrats lost the working class vote in the rust belt? The answer is identity politics and abortion.
The states that run from the upper Midwest to the Great Lakes used to be the heartland of Democratic voters, but in 2016, all but two of those states went to the Republican candidate Donald Trump. Those states are filled with working class voters who were impacted by the deindustrialization of the United States.
Those working class voters don't celebrate abortion the way that Democratic Party does now. They're more concerned about jobs and the economy, and—it might shock Democrats—but many of them are also pro-life.
A clip that came out last week highlights the Democrat shift towards not only supporting legalized abortion but also celebrating it. Martha Plimpton, 46, an actress best known for her role in Steven Spielberg's "The Goonies," joyfully shouted about her "best" abortion while at a #ShoutYourAbortion event in Seattle this last June.
Plimpton shared that she has family in Seattle before adding: "I also had my first abortion at the Seattle Planned Parenthood. Yay!"
Plimpton pumped her arms in excitement over her first abortion, and then she highlighted the fact that she's had more than one abortion. However, she added—joking about the death of her child—that it was her "best one."
Last week, a network ran her clip, which showed her excitement over her multiple abortions. In an article for the Washington Examiner, Salena Zito wrote about the reaction she witnessed to the clip. Zito was at a gas station along U.S. Route 422 between Ohio and Pennsylvania when the clip played out on the television overhead.
"A woman with a name tag noting her as the manager rolled her eyes and said to no one in particular as she went about stacking the shelves behind the counter, 'And they wonder why people don't vote for Democrats around here anymore,'" wrote Zito.
As Zito points out, Plimpton's enthusiastic support of abortion doesn't help the Democratic cause. Among their old constituency of voters, they've lost relevance. When Nixon ran against Hubert Humphry in 1968, he targeted the Democratic base—a 47-year-old Catholic housewife in Dayton, Ohio whose husband is a machinist.
Nixon won off that base and its coalition with the Evangelical Right, and that's precisely the base that the Democrats have lost. The average working class Catholic doesn't want to vote for a party that celebrates abortion.
"Democrats used to debate the legal right to have one [an abortion], and that was a point of view that was shared by most voters," said Michael Wear.
Wear is a theologically conservative evangelical Christian. He's also a Democrat who served in Barack Obama's faith outreach office in the White House.
Wear continued, "I don't understand why—14 months before a midterm election—why would you push 20 percent of voters who would love to support Democrats out the door? Better yet, why would you speak of pro-life Democrats as though they were some extraterrestrial who just landed on earth?"
Most women who have had abortions don't celebrate it. Those few who do have become the face of the Democratic Party. It's a party that no longer represents the working class; it represents celebrities and elites.
"The face of the Democratic Party has increasingly become the face of celebrity, scold, and entitlement. The people they used to attract to their 'stand for the working class' creed have faded from their reach; they have lost touch with their needs and values, and they certainly have lost touch with any type of meaningful message," wrote Zito.
The average middle-class voter isn't pro-abortion, but the modern Democratic Party demands complete allegiance to their anti-Christian, anti-life creed.
The party has also clearly lost Catholics, at least those Catholics who take their faith seriously. Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein criticized President Trump's nominee for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Amy Coney Barrett.
Feinstein attacked Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame college—who also happens to be a practicing Catholic and a mother of 7—for her Catholic faith. She questioned if Barrett's Catholic faith would allow her to be a judge.
"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you," said Feinstein. "And that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country."
Wear told Zito that he "cringes" at Feinstein's comments.
"This is just wrong, and it doesn't just hurt and target people of faith, it hurts good Democrat candidates like Bob Casey of Pennsylvania or Joe Donnelly of Indiana who take their faith seriously."
It's clear that you can't take your faith seriously and vote for the Democratic Party as it exists now. A nationwide exit poll shows that Trump won Catholics by 52 percent to 45 percent over Hillary Clinton.
"[That's] a huge swing from the past two elections for Barack Obama when Catholics voted for him by margins of 9 points in 2008 and 2 points in 2012," noted Zito.
In the Midwest, Catholics are still a very important voting block. Democrats should take a step back and think about whether they want to be a pro-abortion party or if they want to be a working class party again. Without the rustbelt, they can't win a general election. They also won't get their majority in 2018.
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