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'Send her back' chant taps America's nativist streak

Trump's stoking of society's underlying fear of immigrants points to a nasty 2020 campaign

President Donald Trump is never cowed by backlash, and even welcomes the airtime it brings him.

His attacks on four Democratic Party Congresswomen presses the identity politics button, taps into that party's internal generational and ideological divisions, and exploits an undercurrent that surfaces periodically in US society - fear and resentment of immigrants.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 21, 2019, with the headline ''Send her back' chant taps America's nativist streak'. Print Edition | Subscribe