Trump’s Economic Gamble

Donald Trump invariably presents his agenda as prioritizing the American economy over abstract ideals like global cooperation.

But that’s not accurate. With decisions like last week’s blustery withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Trump’s agenda prioritizes some segments of America’s economy over others. He’s attempting to restore the primacy of industries that powered the American economy in the mid-20th century: particularly manufacturing, fossil fuel extraction, and construction. …

By aligning so unreservedly with a “coalition of restoration,” Trump has opened the door for Democrats to assemble a “coalition of transformation” that welcomes not just demographic but also economic change. CONT.

Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic