Trump’s “America First” in Historical Context: Historical Resonance of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

  • Trump has been winning on his “Make America Great Again” appeal.
    • His message has a strong “American-First” and “Nativist” undertone which resonates.
  • How has this rhetoric played out over time? Is it on the rise in the US?
    • Simple answer is no; it is not on the rise. Indeed, it is quite stable over the last 20 years with a slight uptick recently.
  • The real story is the increasing divide between Republicans who have become more “Americans First” oriented, while Democrats less so.

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