President Trump “was annoyed by the violent siege on the Capitol Wednesday — which left several dead — because it looked ‘low class,'” reported New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi last week, citing an unnamed Trump adviser.
Was he right? Trawling for class analyses of the rioters this past week, I’ve found nearly every possible variation: They were underclass. They were middle class. They were upper middle class. They were unemployed. They were small business owners. They were the deceived proletariat. They were the knowing petty bourgeois.
These analyses can’t all be true — at least, not in their typical presentation as a comprehensive story of the crowd.