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Democrats continue to alienate the white working class

US President Donald Trump walks to speak with supporters after arriving on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport to spend Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort on April 18, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Everyone who follows politics knows that the core of Donald Trump’s popular support comes from white people without college degrees, who represent a huge 42 percent of the US population.

But a major new study from Gallup shows that this key middle-American demographic has titled sharply Republican for twenty years — starting long before President Trump drew their support. In fact, looking at the popular vote in each of this century’s elections, Trump’s 46.1 percent fell below the 47.5 percent average of the five previous GOP nominees.

How, then, did he win the White House where McCain and Romney failed? The answer is Hillary Clinton’s appalling weakness as a candidate more than Trump’s unique strength. With Democrats lurching leftward toward reparations, Medicare for all and a Green New Deal, they seem ready to repeat their mistake by nominating a radical ideologue with scant chance of victory.

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