Trump’s “America First” in Historical Context

Monday, April 04, 2016

Washington, DC —Historical Resonance of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

Trump has been winning on his “Make America Great Again” appeal

  • His message has a strong “American-First” and “Nativist” undertone which resonates

How has this rhetoric played out over time? Is it on the rise in the US?

  • Simple answer is NO; it is not on the rise. Indeed, it has been quite stable over the last 20 years, with only a slight uptick recently

The real story is the increasing political divide: Republicans who have become more “Americans First” oriented, while Democrats less so

Trump’s “America First” in Historical Context

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Clifford Young
President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs