Why Democratic communities flipped for Trump (and might do so again)

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets audience members at a campaign rally in Warwick, Rhode Island April 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Why did so many traditionally “blue” communities vote for Donald Trump in 2016, and why might they do so again in 2020? In this episode, Bill Finan, director of the Brookings Institution Press, interviews two authors of a new Brookings book that explores these and related questions. Stephanie Muravchik, a historian and an associate fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and Jon Shields, an associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, are the authors of Trump’s Democrats.

Also in this episode, a look at hospitality industry workers during the coronavirus pandemic: how they are impacted and what can be done, with Tracy Hadden Loh, a fellow with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at the Brookings Institution.

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