Last Thursday, Donald Trump held a rally in Louisiana to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. During the rally, Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy said he, Trump, and Rispon, stood with everyday people against the Democratic Party's alleged condescension and its "cosmopolitan, goat's milk, drinking milk, avocado, eaten by avatados."
Many democratic eyes were turned away; as the Washington Post explained, Kennedy is updating a Republican talking point to which Dems has long made an exception with references to current food trends. (While "goat milk latte" does not seem to be widely available, the Post noted that it is possible for the senator to either scatter or understand the incomprehensible availability of oat milk in many cafes.) Kennedy himself is a Vanderbilt alumnus , The University of Virginia and Oxford, whose reelection campaign recently raised $ 1,139.80 in a food and beverage bill at the George, Boutique Hotel in Washington, DC.
To a large extent, Kennedy's statement was as ridiculous as previous repetitions of the insult in which the supposed denominators of the Democrats were Volvos and rucola. Democratic policies are popular with many millions of poor people who do not participate in significantly refined cultural consumption; at one point during the 2016 presidential primary, 538 found that people who voted for Donald Trump had household incomes that were an average of $ 11,000 higher than those who voted for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. In Louisiana, incumbent Gov. John Bell Edwards has focused his campaign on supporting the Medicaid expansion of .
However, Kennedy was right. Republicans alienate many voters who eat avocado toast and drink latte. Kennedy's problem is that his stereotypes about what people regularly eat toward the "elites" are outdated: good coffee and brunch that uses fresh produce is offered not only in the Upper East and Harvard Square, but all over the country , including in many traditionally conservative suburbs. And Republicans can't afford to write off the people who live in those places, as it became clear on Saturday when John Bell Edwards won re-election by defeating Trump's friend and Kennedy's Eddie Rispon.
As visualized here by a poll analyst and a graduate of Louisiana State University, Bell Edwards did particularly well in the Jefferson Parish, just west of New Orleans:
Bell Edwards won 60 percent of the voters in Jefferson Parish, which until recently was said to be a Republican stronghold – Hillary Clinton has only 41 percent there. His strong performance in the suburbs of New Orleans resembled the appearance of Democratic Kentucky Governor Andy Besher in the suburbs of Louisville and Lexington earlier this month, reminiscent of Democratic congressional candidates in places like Orange County, Orange County of 2018, which was reminiscent of Democratic Alabama The appearance of Senator Doug Jones in the suburbs of Birmingham in 2017. but women concerned about health coverage and gun violence, unaffected by the perceived threat of immigration, and excluded personally by Trump.
And as it happens, you can get avocado toast at Ruby Slipper Cafe and Perks Coffee and Cafe in Jefferson Parish; at the exit of the First Watch circuit in outer Louisville; at Big Bad Breakfast in Homrud, Alabama; and in many, many establishments in Orange County. While Democratic operative Brian Fallon had preceded him in 2017 the party's path to regaining political power went "through the Bread Breads of America," and there are a few things in Panera that you can order in Panera that don't make t have a devilish avocado on them. Guess what, Senator Kennedy? Regular people also like good coffee and artificially bourgeois food. You would know that if you leave George and occasionally enter Panera. Snob.
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