Candidate Trump’s call to “Make America Great Again,” however unspecific, was taken and intended as a promise to deliver different better results for the downscale. He constantly talked about reopening factories, strengthening manufacturing, and encouraging blue-collar job growth.
As an electoral strategy, this seemed to ignore courting minorities as such, and to rely on an inevitably shrinking segment of the electorate. But it hadn’t shrunk enough (and its size was consistently underestimated, as the New York Times’ Nate Cohn demonstrated) to prevent Trump from winning 100 Obama electoral votes in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Maine.
Now it looks like Trump is creating the kind of economy he promised, with growth targeted at the downscale (including blacks and Hispanics) rather than the upscale, with lower economic inequality and growth spreading to regions that have seen little of it for decades. Do you remember any mainstream media or liberal economist who envisioned such results?