The Democratic Party has historically stood for the little guy — defending low-wage workers from inhumane conditions, and later protecting women and minorities from institutional discrimination.

But times have changed. In important ways, the Democratic Party has come to stand for the big guy against the little guy, and this election brought that new reality into stark relief.

Of the liberal journalists who have written serious self-reflection pieces since the election, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni has produced perhaps the finest thus far.

In “The Democrats screwed up,” Bruni wrote on Friday that the Democrats’ “strategy of exclusiveness … excluded a hefty share of Americans and consigned many to a ‘basket of deplorables’ who aren’t all deplorable.” This is true. A Washington Post analysis found that more than 200 counties that Obama won twice also supported Trump last Tuesday. Not all Trump voters can be racists if millions of them voted for Barack Obama.

Bruni then criticizes the illiberalism of liberals and writes that “Political correctness has morphed into a moral purity that may feel exhilarating but isn’t remotely tactical. It’s a handmaiden to smugness and sanctimony, undermining its own goals.”

Then the key sentence: “A party that prides itself on looking out for the little guy went with the biggest names it could find.” (The biggest names included Clinton as well as Russ Feingold, Ted Strickland and Evan Bayh, all of whom lost Senate races last week.)

Wherever you look, you find Democrats abandoning their traditional role as defenders of the little guy and embracing the big guy. The biggest PACs, unions and Wall Street bankers support Democrats, including their presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The Democrats often pursue polices that are at odds with small business, law enforcement, the church — institutions that were once revered and powerful but that now have considerably less influence and stature.

On social issues, Democrats increasingly side with the large and powerful against the small and powerless. They’ll support abortion giant Planned Parenthood to the hilt but have no problem applying the full force of the law to try to compel the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for birth control in violation of their faith.

Religious conservatives are now, culturally speaking, the little guy. They are mocked by the pop culture and our elites and berated for holding outdated views.

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The Democrats have become the party of the highly educated, the successful and the culturally elite. They can’t call themselves the party of the little guy when they support policies that lead to the deaths of more than one million of the littlest and most vulnerable guys and girls each year.

Now it’s Trumpism, which promises pro-life judges, more secure entitlements and trade deals that are fairer to American workers that could be called the movement of the little guy.

Daniel Allott is deputy commentary editor for the Washington Examiner

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