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The voters who elected Donald Trump. Who they are. What they want.

Supporters hold signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (/Paul Sancya/AP)
Supporters hold signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (/Paul Sancya/AP)

Note this: for all the real fear about issues of race in the election of 2016, many of the key regions that voted for Donald Trump last week voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. There is more going on here, and a lot of its going on with working class Americans in fear for their jobs, their security, the quality of their lives.  Donald Trump spoke to them. And he won. We should all listen. This hour On Point, the working class voters who elected Donald Trump – and what they want. — Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Bob Davis, senior editor for The Wall Street Journal, where he covers economic issues. (@bobdavis187)

Lisa Pruitt, professor at UC Davis Law School.

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 12th Congressional district. (@repdebdingell)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Wall Street Journal: The Places That Made Donald Trump President -- "Nationally, both Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton fell below the vote tallies Mr. Obama and his GOP rival, Mr. Romney, racked up in 2012. Around Luzerne, that dynamic was different. In the three counties that make up the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton metropolitan area, Mr. Trump topped the Romney vote count by 31,000, while Mrs. Clinton garnered 27,000 fewer votes than Mr. Obama."

Washington Post: I said Clinton was in trouble with the voters I represent. Democrats didn’t listen. — "I was the crazy one. I predicted that Hillary Clinton was in trouble in Michigan during the Democratic primary. I observed that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination for president. And at Rotary clubs, local chambers of commerce, union halls and mosques, I noted that we could see a Trump presidency. 'That’s Debbie, it’s hyperbole, she is nuts.' It’s now our reality , and as Americans we need to understand why."

Harvard Business Review: What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class -- "Manly dignity is a big deal for working-class men, and they’re not feeling that they have it. Trump promises a world free of political correctness and a return to an earlier era, when men were men and women knew their place. It’s comfort food for high-school-educated guys who could have been my father-in-law if they’d been born 30 years earlier. Today they feel like losers — or did until they met Trump."

This program aired on November 17, 2016.

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