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There's No "Great American Comeback"

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Trump is counting on the working class he's betraying most aggressively. Can the left get out of affluent suburbia and back to its roots?

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It's a slightly shabby landscape dotted by warehouses, churches, fast food restaurants, and at the margins an old arthouse theater. If you look closely, you can see the building where I went to kindergarten, and maybe even the dive bar where my wife and I had our first date.

A photo of this familiar landscape greeted me recently in an unfamiliar place: at the top of a New York Times feature headlined, "How the G.O.P. Became the Party of the Left Behind."

half of Americans now work low-wage jobs. Manufacturing remains in decline, farm bankruptcies are spiraling, and union membership just hit an all-time low. Even as 140 million Americans are poor or low-income, the administration is working relentlessly to shred Medicaid, Social Security, and the food stamp system.

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