How Obama diagnosed Trumpism way back in 2008

Remember when Obama said white working-class voters "cling to guns or religion"? The rest of quote is worth revisiting.

President Obama observed early in his presidency the frustrations that the middle class are experiencing.
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Do you remember back in 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama accurately diagnosed Trumpism?

Okay, you probably don't, at least not in those terms. But trust me, you remember the speech. It was the one where Obama called many white working-class Americans "bitter" and said they "cling to guns or religion." Obama was raked over the coals for saying this. Yet in retrospect, what he said before and after was remarkably prescient, hitting every major theme that has driven Donald Trump to the head of the Republican primary.

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