Is this a variant of that elite condescension for ordinary folks who are "bitter," and who "cling to guns and religion"?
The Dutch variant appeared in 2010 on the VPRO website – a self-described liberal-Protestant network.
Everyone made a big deal out of the fact that he used “conservative,” or a variant thereof, two dozen times in the speech.
variant var·i·ant (vâr'ē-ənt, vār'-)
Having or exhibiting variation; differing.
Tending or liable to vary; variable.
Deviating from a standard, usually by only a slight difference.