(Original post by Aj12)
Does Corbyn recognise working class anger though? Sure he shows a feel for the economic feel, but absolutely none of the social element.
Immigration was the real concern for Trump voters, and immigration is a huge issue for Labour's typical base. Check out the exit polls and what they say about top issues
for Trump voters. Corbyn has shown a complete deafness on immigration, He does not support immigration limits and has toyed with the idea of blocking the invocation of Article 50. Given that a chunk of Labour's base voted clearly for leave and have immigration as a major concern I don't think he is in touch with working class anger. Corbyn actually seems to be pushing
away former Labour voters.
When you look at some of the data, the results of the EU referendum, Clinton's defeat and various other polling data it seems like few on the left really have a clue right now. I don't think even Sanders is getting it right. Most of Trump's voters were angry about immigration, that's why they voted for him, in the general and in the primaries. Sanders support came from voters angry about income inequality, which barely registered with Trump voters. The left can move towards more taxation and dealing with inequality, but I don't think that will solve the problem and magically reconnect them with their base. More needs to be done around immigration and social issues.
I think that the vast majority of issues, including social issues are down to economics.
It's no coincidence that poorer people are more opposed to immigration. It's no coincidence that poorer people were more opposed to the EU. It's no surprise that they are often more attached to their community and their country.
If you are a middle class, university graduate living in a nice house with a nice job and can send your kids to a nice school, then immigration won't affect you. But to people who have none of that, they find purpose and meaning in nationalism.
People's anger at immigration is part of their larger anger at globalisation and neoliberalism. Their towns and communities have been left behind. Their jobs have been moved abroad to China, or they have been replaced by machines, or corporations use mass immigration to exploit their wages. There are few opportunities for them and their public services are having greater demands placed on them by immigration. Meanwhile they hear about how the economy is 'growing' yet they don't feel it. They've been left out of the 'recovery'
A certain amount of Trump's appeal was his hardline anti-immigrant policy, but a lot of his appeal, especially in key rust belt states was his anti-globalisation message. He went to old industrial towns in Michigan and Ohio and promised to protect American industries, rip up free trade agreements and placed tariffs on Chinese imports. That was music to the ears of the working classes.
Corbyn recognises this anger. Anger with an economic system that has left the working class communities behind. I'm not saying he has the answers but he at least understands that the left's embrace of centre ground, neolilberal globalisation has devastated the working classes. Many on the centre left like the Clintonites and Blairites do not.
Sanders appealed to voters in the rust belt states and is actually viewed upon favourably by many Trump voters. He was promising, like Trump, to take a sledgehammer to the establishment.
TLDR; many hard right views on immigration are a product of a failed economic system.