Hijacking anxiety: how Trump weaponised social alienation into ‘racialised economics’

Hijacking anxiety: how Trump weaponised social alienation into ‘racialised economics’

Polls point to a decisive defeat for Donald Trump. But his unexpected win in 2016 still has opponents rattled, fearing the same divisive rhetoric that characterised his 2016 campaign could help him scrape home. 

The US has not been so divided by politics, religion and identity in decades. Particularly troubling are the nation’s inflamed ethnic divisions. 

Overall, polls show a majority of voters disapprove of Trump’s handling of “race relations”. 

But now, as in 2016, what matters is the view of voters in the “rust-belt” states of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvannia, which all swung to Trump in 2016 on the back of strong support from white working-class voters.

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