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High wages in the postwar United States, created by the victories of a strong labor movement and the potential for new transportation and robotics technology led to American corporations moving manufacturing overseas or automating existing jobs to save money, which eviscerated industrial and white working-class regional economies, while the hegemony of free-market economic policies as a result of corporations endowing universities, foundations and right-wing think tanks with economists who pushed for neoliberal agendas such that those economic ideas became normalized within the establishment and the electoral success of Republican politicians pushed the Democratic Party further right on economic issues, meaning that they abandoned the working class in the United States, which meant that poor and disenfranchised white Americans had no party that adequately understood and represented their struggles while the economic agendas pushed by either party in power steadily shrank the social safety net and opportunities available to the American working class such that far-right media outlets, funded by billionaires who were able to offer alternative narratives targeted at whites for their dire economic situation that scapegoated immigrants, minorities, federal-government employees and the poor for economic problems caused by free-market and deregulatory policies while sophistically presenting a narrative of American identity-politics-based movements as exclusive and exemplifying animus toward whites such that a populist demagogue outsider who echoed these scapegoats and had built a brand of himself as epitomizing hegemonic capitalist notions of “success” was able to capture large swaths of American voters and, with help from Republican PR apparatuses that had successfully branded his opponent as corrupt and castigated her as ingrained in a liberal establishment whose policies failed to produce tangible economic change in the lives of working people such that her base support was shakier than expected, while nearly all registered Republican voters ultimately voted for the GOP candidate, was enough to tip the scales and win the electoral vote for Donald Trump.