I ask the question about one hypothetical entrepreneur who gives millions of dollars to the anti-commerce Democrats. There are hundreds of people who fit this category.
One reason is Trump’s reason. ‘I play both sides so no one goes after me.’
This historic tragedy (rich successful people giving to Democrats) is probably influenced by the most common reason people align with the Democrat Party: my parents voted that way. We have too many rags to riches stories.
So how does that fit a billionaire entrepreneur? Most if not all are nouveau riche. So they are influenced by their family Democrat traditions. The sad fact of America is we reward meritocracy these days and that makes ordinary Democrat men into Democrat billionaires.
They are also people who have focused on their own business and their narrow life….and have seldom thought outside that realm. The fact that nearly all Democrat policy, especially environmentalism, severely hurts the little-man is something they have not learned.
The last point about Republicans being the party of wealthy is an old model that they haven’t noticed has changed. Mostly because of them.
They also know they are wealthy and fly in private jet liners but it hasn’t sunk in. Many are Hollywood stars or the commercial equivalent and live in a cloistered Lefty circle. The wealth issue hasn’t sunk in. Having bodyguards leads to a reaction like the Europeans toward the Arabs, maybe if I support Leftie causes I won’t be a target of the little-man’s anger. Or the Arabs anger.
Lastly, and this is pure Phillips. They have lived in an exceptional modern commercial environment where most people help them, most people are kind and generous to them and only nasty outsiders ever sue them. People all around them admire them, are differential and most of all they are surrounded by obsequious ass lickers. So their world is one of pleasure and parties. There is plenty of stress from hard decisions but it is in an environment of sandbox gentleness.
These entrepreneurs are never forced to question their core Lefty thinking or their marshmallow surroundings. Even when the government screws them left or right, the lawyers tell them it can be handled and their supplicants say the same thing.
Getting rich has left them immune to real problems and contact with the real world.
That is half the reason they can remain big Democrat donors. The other half is that their friends and associates are in the same bubble.