Current election polls say that the biggest demographic supporting Donald Trump is non-college educated white men. To find out more about this demographic of Trump supporters, WNYC reporter Jim O’Grady set out to Suffolk County in Long Island, a suburb of New York City.
Suffolk County is known for the ritzy Hamptons area, but there are many working-class suburban communities there as well, with a surprisingly large hot dog stand culture. That’s where Grady and his reporting partner, writer and photographer Chris Arnade, met Connie and Fiore Napolitano.
They chatted about how economic anxiety and the changing workplace has fueled support for Trump among blue-collar white America.
This segment previously aired on The United States of Anxiety, a podcast from WNYC and The Nation.
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Featured image by Chris Arnade