Will ‘Bitter’ Voters Keep Clinging to Trump?

by Jon Perr – As 2015 drew to a close, political observers of all stripes were rightly getting raked over the coals for their respective failures to predict the most dramatic development of the 2016 GOP presidential campaign. But when it comes to the unlikely rise and surprising staying power of Donald Trump, President Barack Obama didn’t seem at all taken aback by the Republican frontrunner’s strength among older, whiter, less-educated, and working-class voters. Of course, that might be because then-Sen. Obama warned in 2008 about precisely that kind of right-wing appeal to frustrated and “bitter” voters who “cling to guns or religion.” Two weeks ago, President Obama explained the Trump phenomenon this way to Steve Inskeep of NPR: “I do think that when you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through — because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the...

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