A good look at the complexity driving the changes to party allegiance. The voters who went to Trump against their own best interest did so out of fear of the changing landscape. That fear is focused on race and immigration manifested from an underlying economic insecurity. Dems attempts to obliquely address the economic concerns gets easily beaten by the Right’s overt pledges to assuage racial and immigration fears.
When Trump stands up in front of his audience at rallies during the campaign and tells them he’s going to give them their country back, Trump is having a conversation about race. Our response is that we are going to raise the minimum wage — we are having a conversation about economics. We are playing checkers while Trump is playing chess. And he continues to do so as he focuses on things like Black N.F.L. players taking a knee. Until Democrats can inoculate against some of the heightened angst, most prominently found among blue collar whites, about the changing face of America, they will struggle to compete for white non-college voters.
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