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How the American Political Environment Got Trumpier

Semafor: “One reason Democrats were slow to take Trump’s rise seriously in the 2016 cycle is that some of the issues he talked about most — ‘law and order,’ ‘open borders’ — were not seen as especially dire. Crime had risen modestly, but was still near its modern lows. The undocumented immigrant population was actually declining.”

“Since then, things have changed. Border crossings have spiked to record highs and asylum claims are overwhelming the system, prompting the White House and many Democrats to pivot to more hawkish positions. Crime is on a downward trend, but only after a much larger surge in murders in 2020 during the pandemic and intense nationwide debates over police practices.”

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