Trump using economic record to secure re-election – but is it that great?

By our reporter

Donald Trump is making it repeatedly clear what he sees as his big selling point heading into November’s presidential election.

It is of course that old cliche of American political discourse “the economy, stupid”.The perceived wisdom is that an incumbent president will be re-elected if the economy is strong.

Mr Trump’s message on that is loud and proud – people are prospering and they have him to thank. The Democrats who want to beat him say not everyone is winning.

Virginia has one of the highest levels of income inequality in America. Thousands of Virginians rely on food banks.

The church that runs the Rising Hopes Pantry in Alexandria says three quarters of the people who use it have jobs but low income wages just are not enough.

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