“Let Them Eat Tweets”

In a new book, Jacob Hacker and co-author Paul Pierson examine how the Republican party won over blue-collar Americans despite having policies that favor the top 1%.

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Guest: Jacob Hacker

How did the Republican Party win so many working-class votes in 2016 while having policies that favored the top one percent? That’s what Yale political science professor JACOB HACKER, and his co-author Paul Pierson, examine in their new book, Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in the Age of Extreme Inequality. Today, we’ll talk with Hacker about how Republicans stoked and channeled outrage around issues involving race, immigration, gun ownership, and Christianity to get Americans to vote against their interests and to enable the Trump administration to continue an agenda benefiting corporations and big donors.

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