What do Trump supporters and Brexiteers have in common? The political establishments in both countries think they are deplorable barely-human riff-raff. This is the story of us deplorable types. It was put together by Spiked Online, a “Marxist-Libertarian” publication.
Brexit and Trump were two ballot-box revolts that, though different in many ways, shared one clear thing in common: the fury they provoked from the establishment. Politicians and commentators, in the US and UK, immediately denounced voters as uneducated, racist and deplorable. Democracy itself was called into question.
We travelled from the Rust Belt to the Essex coast, talking to writers, academics and voters, to find out who these so-called Deplorables really are, how we got here, and where these populist revolts might be headed next. This is not a film about Donald Trump or Boris Johnson; it is not about those members of the elite that benefit somewhat from the new populist movements. It is a film about voters – the people who had long been forgotten, but who now cannot be ignored.
My favorite part was the guy in Erie who said before the election he was driving down the street and saw about twenty Trump signs vs. two for Hillary (and one of those said “Hillary for Prison”) but the media was saying that Trump was unpopular.
As of today, the media is still claiming that Trump is unpopular. They just don’t get it. But if the Democrats want to defeat Donald Trump they better do it fair and square. Because if they cheat they will find out what “deplorable” really means.