Enjoyed breakfast with guest Jason Hall after today's show at one of my favorite places, because they give you a lot of good food on the cheap (being the tightwad I am), the Keeneland track kitchen. Unlike the grandeur of the Keeneland grandstand area (if you're unfamiliar with central KY, Keeneland is a gorgeous thoroughbred track), the track kitchen is an unassuming, year-round place that offers a generous breakfast for 5 bucks (eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuit and gravy, grits, potatoes, etc.).
We talked further about the connection between the vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union (BREXIT for shorthand) and the populism driving the Donald Trump phenomenon, and I think there are clear connections. Both movements are rooted in palpable skepticism for current leadership to hear and respond to the concerns and grievances of the people. In Great Britain, as Jason Hall pointed out, there is a profound "Euroskepticism" that has left many Brits feeling as though they were losing their country, in terms of cultural identity (with Muslim immigration a major concern) and economic might (concerns about trade, particularly among certain industries).
With Trumpism, there seems to be a populist revolt against the "establishment" of both parties to really hear the concerns of the working class, economic concerns about losing jobs to globalization and illegal immigration, security concerns about radical jihadism, and the loss of America's stature in the world. For some, Donald Trump is the only politician who takes these concerns seriously.
As I've said, I can never vote for Donald Trump any more than I can vote for Hillary Clinton. Both have, in my view, tremendous political and personal issues that are deeply contradictory to Catholic social and moral teaching. But to ignore the forces that have elevated Donald Trump would be a major mistake.