How the Rustbelt Paved Trump’s Road to Victory

Two Americas collided in the presidential race and the side that was genuinely passionate about its champion walked away the narrow winner.

Donald Trump, the billionaire populist, mobilized ardent support from the groups most uneasy about the economic, cultural, and demographic trends remaking America. Hillary Clinton, in turn, posted solid, but not resounding, margins among the groups that have most welcomed those changes. That slight imbalance allowed him to breach the Democrats’ “blue wall” at its weakest point—the blue-collar Rustbelt—and rumble to victory. A political scientist might say she fell victim to asymmetrical mobilization. CONT.

Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic