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Divide and Rule: Class, Hate, and the 2016 Election; Paul Street, Counterpunch

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“The real story of the 2016 election, is not that Trump won over working class America, so much as Clinton and the Democrats lost it, says  left political scientist Anthony DiMaggio   'The decline of Democratic voters among the working class in 2016  was far larger than the increase in Republican voters during those two elections If the Democrats had run Bernie Sanders or someone else with “a meaningful history of seeking to help the working class, they might well have won.' It’s true, of course, that Trump is going to betray white working class people who voted for him in the hope that he would be a populist champion of their interests – a hope he mendaciously cultivated. But there are three basic and related problems with the scornful liberal-left storyline. The first difficulty is that the notion of a big white proletarian “rustbelt rebellion” for Trump has been badly oversold. '

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