Leftists and labor had been part of the Democratic Party’s coalition since the New Deal. On May 8, 1970, that came unglued in a violent confrontation in lower Manhattan.
David Paul Kuhn is the author of The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution. He is an author, reporter, and political analyst. He has served as a senior and chief political writer across the political-media landscape, from Politico to RealClearPolitics to CBS News, as well as written for the Atlantic, Washington Post Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Review, New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and regularly appears on networks ranging from BBC to Fox News.