The big myth about the 2016 presidential election was that economic suffering drove most of Donald Trump’s “base” directly into his hands in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The story goes that while Democrats were tied in knots about identity politics, Trump’s attacks on China, free trade and open-ended immigration appealed to struggling workers who believed he could bring back their jobs.
The problem with the narrative is that we keep learning it is not true.”
Economic suffering didn’t drive most of President Trump’s “base” in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, writes Julian Zelizer. Democrats should be basing their 2020 election strategy on what is actually true.