Eric Kaufmann

Dividing Lines

White Backlash: Immigration, Race, and American Politics

By Marisa Abrajano & Zoltan L Hajnal

Princeton University Press 241pp £19.95 order from our bookshop

‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,’ Donald Trump said during the speech announcing his presidential candidacy in June 2015. Most agree that Trump’s stunning poll numbers in the Republican primary owe a great deal to his domination of the immigration issue. While most of the Tea Party’s agenda – guns, god and fear of government – strikes an alien note among Europeans, its opposition to immigration translates very well across the Pond.

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