Trump‘s Wall and the Politics of ‘Us Versus Them’

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Ground views of different Border Wall Prototypes as they take shape during the Wall Prototype Construction Project near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Photo credit: Mani Albrecht

America’s divide over immigration is at least as old as Ronald Reagan’s administration. Now, President Trump has taken his campaign pledge of a border wall (built with Mexico’s money) into the White House. Trump may be a “sinner,” but Jerry Falwell, Jr. says nothing will shake the support of his Moral Majority.  

Trump’s base is further enlarged by white fear of cultural and demographic change. We’ll hear that globalization is raising similar issues in Western Europe. Brexit is the prime example. Is Prime Minister May taking her country “off the cliff.”


Robert Jones - Public Religion Research Institute - @robertpjones, Wendy Brown - Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley and author of the 2010 prize winning book " Walled States, Waning Sovereignty" - @UCBerkeley, Ed Luce - Financial Times - @EdwardGLuce

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Andrea Brody