The young people and minorities who propelled President Barack Obama into office have lagged behind the economic recovery he’s shepherded, with blacks and Hispanics continuing to lose wealth even as whites gained after the recession.
That’s posing a special challenge for Hillary Clinton, who’s vowing to largely continue Obama’s fiscal policies even as she counts on his coalition to keep the White House in Democratic hands. Economic data suggest these voters could be ripe for the picking by Republicans — but for one thing.
She’s running against Donald Trump.
It’s still unclear how strongly these voters will turn out for Clinton. But Trump has flouted the results of a 2012 Republican National Committee “autopsy” that warned the party should reach out to minorities, and has instead run a campaign that is antagonizing them.