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Had Clinton won, Trump most likely would have denied the new president's legitimacy. Clinton's supporters should not play that game. They might point out that Trump lost the popular vote and hence can hardly claim an overwhelming democratic mandate, but the result is what it is. Above all, they should not respond to Trump's populist identity politics primarily with a different form of identity politics.Instead, Clinton supporters ought to focus on new ways to appeal to the interests of Trump supporters, while resolutely defending the rights of minorities who feel threatened by Trump's agenda. At a rally in May, he declared, "The only important thing is the unification of the people, because the other people don't mean anything".This is telltale populist rhetoric: There is a "real people," as defined by the populist; only he faithfully represents it; and everyone else can – indeed should – be excluded. Trump has obviously made a successful claim to represent people.
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