Self styled financial guru Alvin Hall took to the BBC last night to explain why his fellow Americans might vote for Donald Trump - because they are either stupid or racist. It was as simple as that. What a charmer.
Hall has presumably done very well out of the asset bubbles that have ballooned under Obama. He must own shares and bonds and probably has property in a coastal City in the US. So he's all right jack and so he buys into the Clinton narrative that America is doing really well. Alvin's doing well and so all the other media folks and East coast millionaire liberals he knows are doing well so America must be doing well.
Of course those not geared to the asset bubble, folks not owning Real Estate in the coastal Cities or working in the media or cushy white collar jobs or for the State are doing badly. And that means a disproportionate number of black folks - though not Alvin. The lower and lower middle social classes are worse off in 2016 than they were in 2008 and they are angry.
Alvin insisted that it was just white folks voting Trump because The Donald was using racist "code words." Hence they are not actually phrases you and I recognise as racist but Alvin knows they are so therefore they are. If that was not the reason why folks backed Trump it was, according to Hall, because they are white trash who are just so dumb that they just feel in awe of TV celebs.
How patronising can you be? At least with the Brexit vote most of the patronising liberal elite waited until after the vote to smear 52% of the electorate as racist or thick or both. Alvin wants to get in early. Might Alvin consider tht some white folks might vote Trump for other reasons? Why, for instance, might Monica Lewinsky - branded a slut by Hillary - be considering backing the GOP? Becuase she's a racist of course. Or how about laid off workers, of all colours, sitting jobless across the rust belt and told by Hillary that America is not broken and is doing great? Can Alvin think why they might not be lining up to vote Democrat on November 8?
The fact that the polls show that Trump is the most popular Republican among black voters since 1960 and that he will get at least 33% of hispanic votes shows that vast numbers of Americans of all colours are furious about a society that sees them getting poorer while rich liberals like Alvin not only get richer but then smear the less fortunate as bigots or imbeciles when they kick up a fuss and say that they want change..
Naturally the BBC allowed Alvin a free rein for his appalling and factually challenged views. It would have been racist to have done anything else.