Separated at (political) birth?
Part 13 of "The Post Constiutional Election" series is here.
The common ground of Left and Right against Trump seems to be expanding before our eyes, but, in fact, it has long been a shared political realm. We might have missed this because the core issues Left and Right stand together on have been successfully removed from public view, political discourse, and thus the people's judgement -- at least, that is, until Donald Trump.
For example, the Obama administration has already "re-settled" more than one million refugees in the USA. Did you get to vote on that? Did you even know about it?
No Borders, says the Left. Bring me you tired and huddled masses yearning to be free, says the Right. No way, Jose, says Trump.
This makes Left and the GOP establishment, including most conservative media/commentators, together seethe.
Thus you have Mitt Romney sounding a lot like Bernie Sanders, and vice versa.
From Romney's Facebook page, March 18, 2016:
Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.
From Bernie Sanders' remarks at the border with Mexico in Arizona, March 19, 2016:
I would hope that all of us are rightly appalled by divisive, bigoted and xenophobic comments of people like Donald Trump.
We might as throw in Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Trump at presser: Who is that, the Indian? You mean the Indian"):
This confluence is only natural beacuse the Left and GOPe together hate something even bigger than Donald Trump. They hate the nation state. Because Trump is the only candidate to campaign for president on saving the nation -- restoring to the USA borders, immigration controls, and trade and other interests that come first -- not, as is customary, to bring "democracy" to the world and its peoples, the globalist Left and the internationalist/interventionist Right hate him.
They will do anything to stop him, and, for hardcore GOPe, that means even elect the criminal and corrupt matron-Leftist, Hillary Clinton, thus securing probably several seats on the Supreme Court for the likes of Elizabeth Warren or Loretta Lynch.
That's a lot of hate for the nation.