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The White House welcomed a hundred small business owners to participate in the “Engine of the American Dream” event on Tuesday. The event was designed to highlight small businesses and the role they play in the American economy. President Trump was joined by the administrator for Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump.
During his address, Trump highlighted his administration’s efforts to cut regulations, ease restrictions on energy, and cut taxes. He also thanked the small business owners for their hard work and for their contribution in growing the economy and creating jobs.
“You are the dreamers and innovators who are powering us into the future”, Trump told them, “that’s exactly what you are — and my administration will be there with you every step of the way.”
This event, and others like it (such as the ‘Made in America Week‘), symbolise an administration committed to helping business. Over August, conservative and business-aligned advocacy groups plan on spending millions boosting tax reform.
CNN host, Fareed Zakaria, has blamed the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election on the insecurities of white working men. Zakaria told CNN’s New Day that the election of Donald Trump was really “a kind of class rebellion against people like us, educated professionals who live in cities, who have cosmopolitan views about things.”
Zakaria went on to explain:
“A real sense of cultural alienation, older, white, noncollege education Americans have, a sense that their country is changing because of immigrants. Because maybe blacks are rising up to a central place in society, because gays being afforded equal rights. Because of, frankly, working women. Everybody is muscling in on the territory that the white working man had.”
Zakaria’s comments seem to come from a piece he had written for CNN. The piece, entitled Why Trump Won, chalked Trump’s victory up to a division of Americans along four lines.
First, Zakaria blames capitalism. Zakaria claims that the US economy only enriches those with education, training, and capital. Second, Zakaria blames culture, claiming that whites are bucking against increasing rights for gays, the rise of African-Americans and Hispanics to a more central place in society, and increases in immigration. Third, Zakaria claims animosity towards elites led many white working class men to vote for Trump. Fourth, Zakaria claims that the advent of social media now means many Americans have access to seemingly unlimited number of news sources, rather than just the original two or three.
Zakaria’s views are indicative of what drove many to vote for Trump in the first place. He, like many on the left, believes Trump’s election victory is the result of racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, and jealousy. This rhetoric, which is blaming white voters for Clinton’s defeat, reeks of arrogance and snobbery. Ordinary people are sick of being insulted in this manner. Mr. Zakaria, shame on you.