WORCESTER – The shrinking middle class, the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs and a spike in death rates among whites ages 45 to 50 can help to explain Donald Trump’s popularity.
Using headlines to illustrate her point, Nina Easton, a longtime Fox News “All-Star” panelist was the guest speaker on Tuesday night at a Worcester Economic Club meeting held at the College of the Holy Cross.
During a pre-talk interview, Ms. Easton, the author of “Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy,” about the post-Reagan era, spoke about ruptures in the Republican party. She said the party lacks understanding about the mindset of core voters and gave examples of candidates’ positions that veer from traditional views.
“The level of division is profound,” she said. “There’s a lot of anxiety and anger among middle-aged whites. In this economy, there are a lot of winners, but there are others who are struggling. Donald Trump appeals to that (population),” Ms. Easton said.