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The science behind Donald Trump’s ‘us versus them’ rhetoric

The science behind Donald Trump’s ‘us versus them’ rhetoric

International trade is a salient political issue in 2016. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are grafting discontent in the electorate to dissatisfaction with the forces of globalization. Economic anxiety is surely part of the story. But campaign rhetoric about trade — and in particular, the way the Trump camp has been framing the issue — reveals that a great deal more than financial insecurity is shaping public opinion.

While Sanders ties his protectionist stance to a broad anti-corporate message, Trump’s language is decidedly “us versus them.” According to the Republican candidate, America is “losing all over the world” in...

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