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>> excuse me. i can hear all of you over there, thank you. >> do you think wealth corrupts? >> it certainly can corrupt. >> of two things in life, love and work. if you had to choose one, if it was a life or death situation, which one would you choose? >> i would probably choose love. >> you would? >> i think so, yes. >> despite the fact that you spend all your time working, achieving, creating? >> the happiest people tend to be the people that are making a nice income, that really enjoy their life and their family life and not the people of tremendous wealth that are constantly driven to achieve more and more success. you're expected to be a certain kind of a person and maybe you're not necessarily cut out to be that kind of a person. >> how did that donald trump --
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>> get out! >> -- become this donald trump? >> i'd like to punch him in the the face, i tell you. >> there were 36 years between those two moments. years in which a young developer transformed himself into a president. by now dramatic pronouncements about donald trump. >> why is it lie after lie after lie after lie? >> have become commonplace. >> this is the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president. >> the truth is, trump's time in office has been chaotic. so it's crucial that we understand exactly how this man became president. you may say it was russia or hillary or comey, but there is an even larger question. how did this utterly unusual
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candidate win the nomination against 16 formidable rivals? how did he even get close to winning the presidency? >> get out tomorrow and vote! >> 63 million americans voted for him and tens of millions remain fiercely loyal. this is the story of the deeper reasons why trump won. we begin with the most fundamental aspect of his character. >> fellows, turn the cameras around. >> donald trump is a performer. >> life is acting to a certain extent. life is not always sincerity. life is an act to a large extent. society loves me and i connect differently for different people. give me the mirror, please. let me see the mirror. come on, let's go. can i see the monitor, please? can you turn that one down a little bit? i think that looks good right there.
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>> he starred in a prime time reality show for 14 seasons. and he's done hundreds of television interviews. no president before him, not even movie actor ronald reagan, spent as much time in front of cameras. still more important, he spent years honing and perfecting a powerful message. >> the system is totally rigged. ordinary folks get the shaft. >> they don't care about you. >> the big shots get all the breaks. >> they just like you once every four years, get your vote, then they say bye bye! >> and that message of rebellion against elites struck a chord. it goes to the heart of who donald trump is and where he came from. >> my father said, donald, don't go into manhattan. that's the big leagues. we don't know anything about
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that. don't do it. ♪ >> i said, dad, i got to go into manhattan. i got to build those big buildings. i got to do it, dad. i got to do it. >> it's an only in america kind of story. a guy from the outer burroughs from queens. makes up his mind to scale power and prestige in manhattan. >> the eyes on the bridge. how am i going to cross that bridge. i want to go to new york. donald trump was john travolta in "saturday night fever." ♪ >> i used to go to parties in new york that he threw, and it was every c grade, semi sleazy pseudo celebrity.
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i was in a party in the '80s and a friend of mine looked at the crowd of people there and came and said not indicted, not indicted. >> no matter how much he tried, donald trump simply never fit in with manhattan's upper crust. >> he had a chip on his shoulder about a certain class of people. >> he may have wanted to be one of them. he certainly seemed resentful enough about not being included in the new york elite. >> he was never going to be that. his tastes were too vulgar, his hair was too vulgar. >> he was a man of resentments. and his voters have resentments. and those resentments somehow connected to each other during the campaign. >> who is a minor in this club? who is a standout? >> trump succeeded in part because of his timing. while he was fighting his way up the american ladder of success, millions of americans were sliding down.
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>> middle class, working class people can see their way of life crumbling before their eyes. >> when the man and the country came together -- >> this is the genius of trump. he gave those people somewhere else to go. >> he talks like i talk. >> i think he says what we want to hear. >> it was a perfect storm. >> these are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. i am your voice! [ cheers and applause ] >> how did he become that voice? >> take a look at my next guest. this is donald trump, 33 years old. >> to understand it, we have to go back. >> a lot of things had to do with it. >> through years of trump archives. what's fascinating is, when you watch -- >> money like i have never seen. >> -- you can actually see him creating the character who would win the presidency. >> why are we knocking out $7 billion to egypt.
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>> to do it, he had to master the media and then manipulate it in ways no other candidate has ever done. almost every interviewer asked the question. >> i know people have talked to you about whether or not you want to run. would you ever? >> they asked because donald trump always talked like he was running for something. >> new york city has been becoming a city of the very rich, actually. and the poor, unfortunately, and the middle class are having a hard time. >> he talked about the lack of affordable housing. at least he did until his own tenant says, he's trying to evict us. >> you're all evicted. you're donald trump. get out of my building. >> he wants us out because he wants the building. >> how about us? what are you going to do? >> trump wanted to convert their apartments into luxury condos. he eventually settled with them and chose a new favorite subject, foreign trade.
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>> they are beating the hell out of this country. >> he's talking about japan, the economic powerhouse of the 1980s. >> japan is one of the wealthiest machines ever created. they laugh at us behind our backs. they laugh at us because of our own stupidity. >> that line was a hit, so he used it for decades. >> look at isis, they're laughing at us. they're laughing at us, at our stupidity. >> in 1988, presidential rumors began. then caught fire when he showed up at the republican national convention. >> you have said that if you ran for president, you would win. >> i think i would have a good chance. i like to win. when i do something, i like to win. >> you make no apologies about the mansion at palm beach or the $30 million yacht? >> trump was rich and he flaunted it, then as now. but it was a big problem then. after a stock market crash,
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insider trading scandals, americans did not trust the rich. >> the point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. >> the end of the decade of greed was not the right time for a trump run. ♪ >> instead he threw a party. the opening of the most expensive casino in the world. the taj mahal in atlantic city. >> the building is a tremendous smash. >> there was just one problem with all the hoopla. >> bankruptcy could well be in the cards for trump. >> donald trump was going broke. >> we have people coming from all over the world. michael jackson is coming tomorrow. >> even michael jackson couldn't save him. >> you're something like $3 billion in debt. >> trump's financial empire was crumbling. >> and you owe a tremendous
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amount of money. >> trump tried an excuse that would become a staple for him. >> i hope the general public understands how inherently dishonest the press in this country is. >> the media, he said, had exaggerated his problems. >> i think it's unlikely the plaza gets sold. i think it's unlikely the shuttle gets sold. >> both the plaza hotel and the trump shuttle were, in fact, sold. to add to his troubles, the tabloids exploded with coverage of his messy divorce. >> were you ever near broke? what did you have to unload? >> i unloaded the wife. >> do you know she violated the agreement? >> trump frequently complained about all of the stories on his private life. >> it just didn't stop. the publicity was so incredible. >> there's a lot of coverage tonight. >> yet he seemed to crave
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publicity. >> hi, everybody. >> one bizarre story from 1991 demonstrates exactly how trump manipulates the media. >> by the way, i'm sort of new here. >> what is your position? >> i'm handling pr. >> that is donald trump pretending to be a pr man for donald trump. >> i said, you sound like donald trump. >> sue was on the other side of the call. >> i said, this is uncanny. >> he gets called by everybody, women, actresses, people you write about, call to go out with him. >> the recording was leaked to the "washington post" in 2016. >> are you aware of the tape? is it you? >> you're telling me about it for the first time. it doesn't sound like my voice at all. >> yet in 1991, he actually admitted it to "people" magazine. to top it off, the reporter is certain trump leaked the recording. >> two people had the tape. i had a tape and trump had a
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tape. >> trump, say some reporters, leaks when he wants to distract the media. for the rest of the '90s, trump's spin was, i'm back on top. >> this kid doesn't give up. i'm maybe stronger than i was two years ago, three years ago. >> finally in 1999, he officially entered politics. >> tonight, donald trump! need we say more? >> donald trump announced he was exploring a presidential run. >> i would be prepared to spend $100 million on the race if necessary. >> trump already had a keen understanding of who his voters were. >> the workers are the ones that really like me. i've often said, the rich people hate me and the workers love me. >> he didn't really know what party he belonged to.
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>> i probably identify more as a democrat. i'm conservative, generally speaking. i'm conservative. >> it turned out he joined the reform party. from the start, crowd size was a problem. >> tomorrow, as you know, there is a big speech at the arena, and i guess we have about 20,000 people for that. >> that crowd showed up but many came to hear someone else, motivational speaker tony robbins. trump was the second act. >> who thinks i should run for president? >> the experience taught him americans desperately wanted a non-politician to run for president. soon he would hit just the right note. ♪ >> you've been lazy. you're a real wise guy, you know that? >> the number one show on television watched by only 28 million people. >> how stupid can you be? >> "the apprentice" was a hit. >> the number one show in all of television. >> the ratings faded after the first two seasons, but millions
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of americans who had only been vaguely aware of donald trump now knew him as the successful, decisive go-getter he played on tv. >> you're fired. >> you're fired. >> you're fired. >> that intense identification people felt with trump was a big factor in 2016. but perhaps an even bigger one was this. >> why doesn't he show his birth certificate? >> why does he have to in. >> because i have to and everybody else has to, whoopi. >> the racist smear campaign that trump launched in 2011. >> i have people actually studying it, and they can't believe what they're finding. >> you have people searching in hawaii. >> absolutely. and they can't believe what they're finding. >> of course, nothing was found. in fact, there is not a shred of evidence that trump ever sent anyone to hawaii. >> no one has ever asked george bush. >> george bush was born in this country. >> whoopi said, oh, but if that
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were a white man, you wouldn't be asking this question. i said, what does this have to do with race? >> it had everything to do with race. trump knew that an african-american man in the white house had stood ugly racial animus among a small subset of white voters. far more were anxious, angry and desperate for something completely different. >> if he doesn't get elected, we're in trouble. >> donald trump's birther campaign was aimed straight at all of them. it was a deeply cynical but highly effective political strategy. ♪ we are the champions. >> when donald trump stepped onto the stage, polls showed america's trust in its leaders was near a 50-year low. trump the performer had finally gotten his timing just right. in a moment, how a
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911, where is your emergency? >> we got shot! >> shootings in broad daylight. >> there's someone bleeding on my front porch. he's knocking on my front door. i have kids. >> drug deals in abandoned buildings. >> my friend called me and i think she od'd. >> mothers overdosing. this is ohio in 2017. >> come on. you got to stop this. you got to stop this. come on, man. >> this area was ground zero. >> the american dream is dead. >> of trump's rust belt rebellion. and it's easy to see why. >> we're losing our jobs, we're losing our factories. >> the american heartland is becoming the new inner city. >> come on, man. is she still breathing? >> no. >> she's not breathing again?
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>> you began to see two generations on public assistance, fathers missing, the things i was used to hearing about, the black inner city, were true of the white small-town and rural areas. >> they'll grow up with the same chance as the kids next door or any other kids in the country. >> this part of northeast ohio was once a middle class paradise. >> we make steel and talk steel. >> built on the booming steel industry. >> 5,000 production employees will lose their jobs. >> then the factories closed. >> my wife and i both cried in bed. >> and the jobs disappeared. but that's been happening for decades now. trump's win was about what happened after those factories shut down. >> people have been dying from drug overdoses at a rate never seen before. >> the destruction of the very fabric of these communities.
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>> overdose deaths are on track to surpass last year's record-breaking. >> the opioid crisis a state of emergency. >> my parents are driving down the road and od'ing with their kids in the car? what's this world coming to? >> i think that's fertile ground for a politician to come along and say, you have been screwed. it's these elites who have sold you out. you could just feel that someone could come along and achieve a lot with it. >> what trump achieved in northeast ohio -- >> we're going to bring jobs back to ohio. >> we're not going to make these horrible trade deals anymore. >> they were so solidly democrat that richard nixon was the last republican they chose for president. >> any direction i can point to, you're losing jobs. >> but in 2016 --
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>> are we going to win ohio? we are. >> -- the world turned upside down. >> he's doing something the establishment doesn't like. it's the establishment that's the problem. >> we are so off message. you know how off message we are? he's talking to blue collar workers, and we're not. >> david dieterich, the chairman in mahonan county. he couldn't believe his eyes. >> the massive republican turnout tonight. >> in the march primary, thousands of democrats left the party just to vote for trump. >> i am taking a republican ballot. i'm supporting trump. >> they are relating to a billionaire. >> voting for trump. >> from day one, i have been for donald trump. >> you excited a base of people the same way obama did eight
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years prior. you brought out people that had never voted before. >> this is where donald trump has tried to sell, hey, the factories are closed. i'll rip up napa. >> in mahonen county, compared to 2012, there was a swing for trump. in mahoning county, the trump was 30 points. >> i wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. ♪ >> bill almeshi was one of those disgruntled employees in trumbull that voted for trump. he didn't want to admit it, but desperate times called for desperate measures. >> millions of americans are about to lose everything.
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it's not right. it's just not right. >> he had been used to a middle class life, earning a good living in the nearby steel mill. but in 2012, the mill shut down. >> your livelihood, your whole way of life just taken from you. >> the almeshis lost their home and moved into a trailer park. >> how can this happen? you know, this is america, you know? we should all be able to have a piece of the pie. >> i think we're going to win in ohio tomorrow. >> almashy had actually been a bernie sanders supporter. but after sanders' bitter loss in the primary, almashy reluctantly cast his vote for donald trump. >> the americans have lost their way. >> we're going to bring jobs back to toledo, ohio! >> trump's relentless focus on jobs and trade won voters' hearts in ohio. >> we will never, ever sign bad
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trade deals. america first! >> we had this wild man saying, look, i care about you. >> nafta destroyed ohio. it destroyed ohio. >> nafta, that took your jobs. >> hillary clinton's pitch on the economy paled in comparison. >> we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. >> hillary saying we're going to put coal miners out of work and we're going to retrain some people. >> but there were those darker messages in trump's campaign. >> we are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration! >> were they also behind his victory here? >> it's not that people were anti-immigrants. what donald trump did was he told people, you don't have your job because of immigrants. >> presently is not a fixed monolithic thing. it ebbs and flows, and it's susceptible to manipulation, and
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trump manipulated it and let it out. >> trump seized on middle america's despair. when people become desperate, it's easy to blame others. up next, everyone thought the 2016 election was a done deal. including me. let's be clear. donald trump would lose the election. >> i've just received a call from secretary clinton. >> why i was wrong, when we come back. [ keyboard clacking ] [ click ] [ keyboard clacking ] [ clacking continues ] good questions lead to good answers. our advisors can help you find both.
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there was a time that many in the media would rather forget, a time when donald trump becoming president seemed like a joke. >> he might be leading the public ticket.
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>> i know you don't believe that, but i want to go on. >> which republican candidate has the best chance of winning the general election? >> of the declared ones right now, donald trump. [ laughter ] >> everyone stopped laughing as it quickly became clear that trump was a category 5 political force. but for all his success, it appeared he would lose the white house. >> even if donald trump did win all of the toss-up states, he would still lose. >> in the final moments, even donald trump thought he would lose. >> again, i was getting boos which really sounded like it was sort of over. >> it will take a miracle for us to win. that is a quote from a senior adviser inside donald trump's inner circle. >> full disclosure. i, like trump himself, believed hillary clinton would be the
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victor. let's be clear. donald trump will lose the election. i got it wrong. i thought the evidence seemed overwhelming. forget his dismal polls last week. he has almost never been ahead of hillary clinton in the polls for a single week. i blew it, and the fact that others did as well is no excuse. this is the story of why so many got it so wrong. >> it was donald trump versus almost all the experts, and as of right now, it looks like donald trump was right. >> right now a historic moment. we can now project the winner of the presidential race. >> an entire industry blindsided. >> an industry and a country blindsided. >> stunned journalists blame the polls. >> the data was wrong. >> the polls are all wrong. what does this mean for the polling industry. >> the polls were wrong, we were wrong, everything was wrong. >> everybody still believed the polls were way off, including donald trump.
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>> those polls were wrong on just about everything, weren't they? >> but that's not right. almost all the national polls had the winner wrong, but the numbers were not far off. >> the polling was the least wrong of anything. the polling showed it was a close race and people chose to disregard that. >> the race tightened in the final days, giving clinton collectively giving a 3% lead. she won the vote by 2%. so close, well within the margin of error. even statistics guru nate silver got it wrong, but he was less wrong than almost everyone else. he gave trump a one in three chance of winning. >> that's a pretty good chance. if i told you it was a 29% chance a plane was going to crash, you probably wouldn't board that flight. >> nearly every national poll put hillary clinton ahead consistently. >> clinton leading in north carolina, clinton leading in
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ohio, clinton leading in nevada. i could go on and on and on. >> but some state polls were way off. and those bad polls were in key states in the electoral college. >> the wall comes tumbling down. this is the blue wall that hillary clinton talked about. >> in the last two elections, barack obama swept key states in the midwest. it was assumed hillary clinton would win there too. >> when clinton had trouble leading in polls in ohio, that should have been a sign that there's something different about her coalition versus obama's coalition. >> clinton was counting on a surge of women and minorities in the polls, but the only surge in the midwest was among white voters without college degrees. >> it used to be working class people voted democrat.
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>> it flipped. >> we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. >> trump's margin among whites without a college degree was the largest among any candidate in 36 years. >> in the center of the stage tonight, businessman donald trump. >> perhaps the key reason why many believed trump couldn't win? nobody who even remotely liked donald trump had ever run for president, much less won. >> we need brains in this country to turn it around. >> he seemed impervious to other voters. >> he wro would go down a list of ethnic groups and insult every one of them. >> when he went after the parents of the guy killed in -- that's revolting. >> if you look at his wife, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.
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>> and you're like, what kind of politician does that? >> i think it was partly because the media and the political class were so appalled, it seemed to almost be satisfying. look, he did it again, they're freaking out. >> and then a video that some called the mother of all october surprises. >> when you're a star, you can do it. you can do anything. you can do anything. >> he's lost any hope of having any kind of moral authority. >> the assumption was he would hemorrhage support among evangelicals and women. >> what he does with women doesn't matter to me. what he does with this country does. >> it seemed the more outrageous the accusation, the more an angry electorate saw it as a way to defy the political establishment. >> that is identity politics. if you're on inside of the
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group, they may not like some things about you, but fundamentally, especially if it is a fight, we're on your side, you're on ours, you'll stand up for us. >> perhaps the biggest reason hillary clinton looked stronger than she was, look at the number of undecided voters in 2016 compared to 2012. usually undecideds break about 50/50. in key states, late deciding voters broke heavily for donald trump. and with little over a week to go until the election, one event may have made all the difference. the comey letter. fbi director james comey sent a letter to congress announcing he was investigating a new batch of e-mails from hillary clinton's server. trump had hammered the e-mail issue again and again to great effect. >> she deleted the e-mails. she has to go to jail. >> after the election, you wrote
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hillary clinton would probably be president if fbi director james comey had not sent a letter to congress on october 28th. >> yeah. >> what is the evidence for that? >> that she was winning by about six points before the letter, the letter came out, it reduced her lead to 3 points and that's small enough lead to lose the electoral college. >> and that, of course, is exactly what happened. >> i won. i mean, i became president. ♪
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hillary clinton supporters were all smiles on election day.
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until suddenly they were not. >> the numbers are going in the wrong direction. >> optimism among supporters here has essentially faded. >> the path to 270 is looking pretty bleak. >> hillary clinton is not likely to be the next president. >> i'll never forget it. there was just this silence over the room and people just staring at screens hoping for good news. >> those faces at the clinton headquarters say it all. >> she needs a miracle. >> hillary clinton knew the miracle wasn't coming when the phone rang and it was president obama. >> her closest aide goes to hand her the cell phone and hillary winces, just visibly doesn't want to take this call because she realizes this is sort of the official end. >> this from the book amy barnes wrote, "shattered." >> she puts the phone to her ear
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and says, mr. president, i'm sorry. >> thank you, all. >> you could see the pain, complete earthquake. >> i'm having a hard time getting used to standing on this earth. >> it is the most unbelievable thing that any of us have seen in a lifetime. >> the numbers are wrong. we didn't see this coming. >> so how did it happen? how did clinton lose the presidency and how did so few people see what was coming? well, this man saw it very clearly. >> we started talking to people and i said, we got to warn them that they're messing this up, they're [ bleep ] it up. jerry beatrice was the canary in the coal mine. >> i said, boy, she's in trouble. so my consultant and i wrote a memo. >> that memo, written six months before the election, warning
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that the campaign was losing ohio voters who had once been devoted democrats. >> had they listened to this memo, we would be talking to president hillary clinton. i was having a lot of people just saying, i can't support her. this guy wants to bring back our jobs. they didn't care about all of his misogynistic, xenophobic, racist stuff. they just didn't care. all they heard was jobs, jobs, jobs. and he's going to try to get them jobs. >> we're going to bring jobs back from china. to pennsylvania. to michigan. and all across this land, we're going to bring our jobs back. >> and he sold them that, and we weren't giving them sustenance. >> beatrice said his democrats never understood exactly what hillary clinton was for. >> they are working class people who think the democratic party
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has left them. >> and, of course, we know those white working class voters were the tipping point. to understand just how big a deal this is, let's go back a bit, back to the 1970s. >> we've never forgotten that the democratic party is well named. it's a party of the people. >> jimmy carter was for certain a man of the people, a peanut farmer from plains, georgia. >> the brand image is party of the people, the party of working people specifically. >> it started even earlier, actually, with franklin delano roosevelt. it was mostly the white working class that put him in the oval office four times. the author thomas frank. >> this is who they were as a party. >> note frank's use of the word "were." all of that changed, he says, with a democrat that actually had a unique appeal to the white
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working class. >> in the name of the hard-working americans who make up our forgotten middle class, i proudly accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> bill clinton was only part of the transition of the working class people to a party that was very concerned about the innovation. >> the party had to stay awake during the presidency. they made it into that tent, and into the big democratic tent went the elites of america, its lawyers and doctors and stockbrokers. but let's remember, clinton essentially tied his republican opponents in the white working class demographic in both 1992 and 1996. so why did the white working
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class vote for bill and not for hillary? >> what they've become over the last couple of decades is a party of the professional classes. highly educated, affluent, white collar people. 10% of the income distribution. >> david brook says hillary clinton fits into this category perfectly. >> went to a fancy school, went to an even fancier law school, married a guy from a fancy law school, lived in places where those people would gather and sort of zip codes with restoration hardware and anthropology closing store. >> if is sounds like he's simply describing rich people here, brook says there is a very important distinction between rich entrepreneurs, people who create companies and make things and employ people and professionals. >> people in the working class, people who voted for trump, don't mind billionaires. what they mind are bossy professionals, teachers, lawyers, journalists, who seem to want to tell them what to do
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or seem to want to tell them how to act. if you had to pick the classic epitome of the person who most offends them, it would be hillary clinton. >> you could put half of trump supporters into a basket of deplorables. >> she was exactly the wrong person. >> maybe. but she seemed to have the right ideas. at least she had ideas, actual policies, bond banning muslims or building border walls, she wanted to raise taxes for the wealthy, she had a plan for the opioid epidemic, she said she wanted to tree traretrain worke. in fact, said barack obama -- >> there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not bill, nobody, more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america. >> but it turns out voters often do not vote on policy.
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instead, they choose the candidate they can relate to. >> if you ask people after an election, which party stood for which policies, like a third of the people don't know. that's not what they're in the business of doing. one thing we're all in the business of doing is judging people. and judging social identity. the sorts of people you hung out in high school. >> and so it was the state of ohio voted against hillary clinton. and it still upsets beatrice. >> i love my country and i love my valley and i love my state. and i didn't want this man to be president. and i did everything i could and we blew it. and i'm angry. i'm upset.
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the energy conscious whopeople among usle? say small actions can add up to something... humongous. a little thing here. a little thing there. starts to feel like a badge maybe millions can wear. who are all these caretakers, advocates too?
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turns out, it's californians it's me and it's you. don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing. let me return to the question inherent in the title of this special report. why did trump win? and let me remind you as i did at the start, our real question is why did he even get close? donald trump was a totally unconventional candidate. >> i don't know what i said. i don't remember. >> who broke all the rules and did things that would have destroyed anyone else running for president. why did he break through? as we have tried to show you in this hour, america is now
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divided. divided along four lines, each one reinforcing the other. call them the four cs. the first is capitalism. there was a time when the american economy moved in tandem with its middle class. as the economy grew, so did middle class employment and wages. but over the last few decades, that link has been broken. the economy has been humming along, but it now enriches mostly those with education, training and capital. the other americans have been left behind. the second divide is about culture. in recent decades, we have seen large scale immigration, afri n african-americans and hispanics rising to a more central place in society. >> gays being reported equal rights. >> all which meant new narratives have gotten national attention this has worried a segment of the older white population, the fears of the
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national culture it grew up with is fading. one comprehensive study found that after party loyalty, the second strongest predictor of a trump voter was fears of cultural displacement. the third divide in america today is about class. the trump vote is in large part an act of class rebellion. a working class revolt against know it all elites who run the country. and these voters will stick with donald trump even as he flails rather than vindicate the elite urban view of him. the final c in the story is communication. we have gone from an america where people watched three networks that provided a uniform view of the world to one where everyone can pick their own channel, message and now even their own facts. all these forces have been at work for decades. but in recent years, the
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republican party has been better able to exploit them. and identify itself with those americans who feel frustrated, anxious, angry, even desperate about the direction that the country is headed in. donald trump capitalized on these trends more thoroughly, speaking openly to people's economic anxieties, cultural fears and class rebellion. he promised simple solutions, mostly aimed at others. mexicans, muslims, chinese people, and, of course, the elites in the media. it worked. he won. whether his solutions are enacted are another matter. the real victory will come for this country when someone looks at these deep forces that are dividing it and tries to construct a politics that will bridge them. rather than accept that america must remain a country split between two tribes, each uncomprehending of the other, both bitter and hostile, he or
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she would speak in the language that unites them. that kind of leadership would win not just elections, but a place of honor in american history. it's time for "reliable sources," our weekly look at the story behind the story of how the media really works and how the news gets made. this weekend, big news, all courtesy of twitter. twitter really reveals the real president trump, his tweets reveal his real disdain for the press. 280 characters at a time, he's ploeting h i promoting his friends, the media outlets, while trying to punish media outlets that fact check him, report the news and challenge him. consider the timing of the u.s. president's latest anti-cnn