The ruling class is split into multiple factions. Commentators ranging from Michael Lind to Caleb Maupin have discussed this.
By Damon Linker, The Week
She’s the very elite she claims to be defending the downtrodden from.
Transport a conservative intellectual forward through time from 1982 to 2022 and one of the first things he’d notice is that his present-day counterparts talk an awful lot about class.
Specifically, conservatives today are fond of claiming Democrats are the party of over-educated professionals who constitute the American ruling class, while Republicans are arrayed on the side of the working class — with politics functioning as a form of class warfare between the two groups.
Few conservatives thought that way 40 years ago, though there were precursors to it. Republicans in the era of Reagan liked to place the GOP on the side of “average Americans,” whom they portrayed as possessing basic decency and common sense lacking among the liberals who’d been running the show in Washington since the New Deal and been corrupted more recently by the moral decadence the 1960s counterculture.