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To Understand Trump’s Staying Power With the White Working Class, Look at Michigan

Posted on AllSides February 26th, 2024
From The Center
Brittany Greeson for The Wall Street Journal

At its peak, more than 100,000 people streamed in and out of the massive Ford Motor factory here along the Rouge River. In addition to cars and trucks, the behemoth plant helped mint the American middle class.

The thousands of people who still work here and at other factories across Michigan and other Midwest states helped forge those states’ politics. These blue-collar voters were for many years reliable Democrats, but in 2016 a big group of them, mostly white, helped Donald Trump capture the presidency—including an unexpected win in Michigan.

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