Is this what you want? Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images In the hours and days following the U.K.’s stunning vote to leave the European Union on Thursday, one of the most prolific hot-take subjects has been to interpret what the vote and the factors that drove that vote may mean for the U.S. election. Donald Trump himself got that conversation started immediately after the Brexit passed when he attempted to frame what the U.K. had done as something that was, like most things in Trump’s mind, about him, as well as the wave of anxiety and anger he has ridden to the GOP nomination. There are of course similarities between the pro-Brexit movement and pro-Trump movement, including working-class angst over free trade and lost jobs, increased nationalism, emotionally driven fears regarding immigration, simple demographics, and distaste for the elite and its assurances about globalization specifically, and progress more generally. However, most commentators and analysts do not seem to believe that the Brexit vote is some guaranteed harbinger of a Trump presidency, as it’s important to realize that in as many ways as the U.S. and U.K. political situations are similar, they are also unique. Regardless, plenty who observe the U.S. political environment, especially on the left, are certainly a bit more nervous this weekend than they were… Read full this story
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