Nearly a third of those killed in the Jan. 9 mudslides were from migrant families working in service jobs in the largely white and wealthy Pacific Coast town of 9,000.
The president's pseudo-populist economic message helped put him in the Oval Office, but it's not likely to work given the world's economic realities.
The story of the Essex—rooted in racialized ignorance and fear—offers a valuable lesson in survival for contemporary America.
Saying he was put into office by blue-collar voters serves the interests of top Democrats, Republicans, the dominant media and the big-business elite.
"There's probably worse to come, as further blows to working people are authorized by the Trump/Roberts [Supreme Court]," the renowned thinker said recently.
In a BBC "Newsnight" interview, the renowned linguist (pictured) talks about the Democrats' betrayal of the working class and Sanders' incredible feat of breaking with "a century of U.S. history."
The interests of the working class were supposed to be the focus of the Trump administration, but the president has no coherent approach for lifting up blue-collar Americans.