I’ve noted before that the elites despise ordinary Americans, especially ordinary white Americans. It’s the kind of class hatred and prejudice that calls to mind the stereotypes of the old Russian or French aristocracies’ arrogant disdain for the peasant. I think part of the reason is that Middle Americans don’t fit the elites’ notion of what the workers and peasants should be: oppressed, downtrodden, and looking to their betters for support and guidance. Instead, they tend to be too independent and ornery, with ideas of their own about how to live, what to drive, what to think, etc. That many of them still cling to religion and guns, as a contemptuous former Emperor put it, only makes it worse.