If you didn’t bother to look at the data and relied entirely on the popular narrative, you could be forgiven for thinking that Donald Trump won the presidency by getting everyone who lives in a rural area on a low income to spontaneously decide to start voting. Trump won, the story goes, because of those rural white working class voters. They’re the people who vote against their own best interests.This has led to a resurgence in popular classism in the public square. It’s in vogue in certain liberal circles to laugh at the very real struggles of the poor. When a story of horrific racism comes across their feed, the Twitter wags ironically cluck “economic anxiety,” to mock the narrative that economic anxiety made the racist punch that black person or call in that bomb threat.A variation on that joke is liberal smirking at the prospect of some poor person who voted incorrectly losing health care as a result of Trump’s monstrous policies. These bon mots are explained away because after all, it’s those rural white low-income earners who got us Trump, a man who would happily terrorize a litter of puppies if it earned him a dollar.
Country Folk Aren’t Perfect, but No, Coastal Liberals, Trump Is Not Their Fault