TUCKER Carlson has told his viewers a vote for Donald Trump is a vote against the "disgusting ruling class".
The Fox News host highlighted a Trump rally in a Rust Belt industrial town as evidence of how the election has turned into a contest between workers and the professional elite.
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On the eve of voting day, the anchor opened Monday's Tucker Carlson Tonight with an impassioned speech about the former train building hub in Butler, Pennsylvania.
He said an image of 15,000 Trump supporters at the airport near Pittsburgh on Saturday is a "metaphor for the election itself and for the moment we are living in."
Carlson told viewers: "Butler is like a lot of places you will find in this country once you head inland from the coasts.
"For 60 grand, you can buy a decent house there. It’s a place you might be happy in, but our professional class is not impressed by Butler.
"To them, places like Butler are embarrassing relics of a past best forgotten.
"The men of Butler may have built this country and they did but they mean nothing to our leaders now.
"You can be certain of that because when large numbers of people in Butler started killing themselves with narcotics, no one in Washington or New York or Los Angeles said anything about it."
In that context, he said it was important to note how Trump drew a huge crowd that "looked like a visit from the Pope".
The Fox host went on: "They must’ve known that Donald Trump is the most evil man who’s ever lived. They’ve heard that every day for five years.
"People in Butler knew all of that, but on Saturday, they went to the Donald Trump rally anyway.
"Why exactly did they do that? We should be pondering that question deeply as we watch tomorrow’s returns and as we live through the aftermath of them."
Carlson said millions of Americans "sincerely love Donald Trump in spite of everything they’ve heard."
He added: "They love Donald Trump because no one else loves them.
"The country they built, the country their ancestors fought for over hundreds of years has left them to die in unfashionable little towns, mocked and despised by the sneering halfwits with finance degrees, but no actual skills, who seem to run everything all of a sudden.
"Whatever Donald Trump faults, he’s better than the rest of the people in charge. At least he doesn’t hate them for their weakness.
"Donald Trump, in other words, is and has always been a living indictment of the people who run this country.
"That was true four years ago when Trump came out of nowhere to win the presidency. And it’s every bit as true right now, maybe even more true than it’s ever been.
"Trump rose because they failed, it’s as simple as that. If the people in charge had done a halfway decent job with the country they inherited, if they cared about anything other than themselves even for just a moment, Donald Trump would still be hosting Celebrity Apprentice.
"America is still the great country, the best in the world, but our ruling class is disgusting. A vote for Trump is a vote against them.
"That’s what’s going on in that picture, that’s what’s going on in this country."
Today, Trump phoned Fox and Friends and predicted he would get more than the 306 electoral college votes he won in 2016.
But he also told campaign workers he has not thought about a speech claiming victory or conceding defeat.
He said: "You know, winning is easy. Losing is never easy, not for me, it’s not."
Joe Biden – who is leading in the opinion polls – is said to be "panicking" about Trump's late surge.
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