Regular readers here know that I am not exactly a big booster of Donald Trump. Yet I also try to point out specious anti-Trump arguments when they appear, which they do with some increasing frequency. The latest line of attack involves criticizing him for having inherited wealth. So, in Thursday night's CNN Republican debate, Senator Rubio said of Mr. Trump, "If he hadn't inherited $200 million you know where he'd be right now? He'd be selling watches in Manhattan." And in today's Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel writes that among Mr. Trump's political vulnerabilities are that, "This is the man who was born to a silver spoon."
Setting up a no-inherited-wealth test for the presidency would have ruled out JFK, FDR, and the two most recent Republican presidents. It's not Mr. Trump's fault (or FDR's, or JFK's) that they were born into rich families. If anything, this line of attack shows how the ceaseless class warfare rhetoric on the Democratic side has crossed the aisle to infect Republican discourse as well.