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Wage Growth for Low Income Workers Doubles Wage Growth for High Income Workers…
Posted on October 5, 2019 by sundance

An interesting article within The Atlantic draws attention to one of the more intended consequences of Maganomics: wages for the middle-class Americans are rising twice as fast as wages for high-income earners.

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Yes, President Trump is closing the wealth gap.

This dynamic is directly attached to President Trump’s MAGAnomic policy that focuses wage and income benefit directly to Main Street, “production economy”; and reverses the process that was driving benefit to U.S. multinationals on Wall Street, the “service-driven” economy. As noted in The Atlantic:
[…] According to analysis by Nick Bunker, an economist with the jobs site Indeed, wage growth is currently strongest for workers in low-wage industries, such as clothing stores, supermarkets, amusement parks, and casinos. And earnings are growing most slowly in higher-wage industries, such as medical labs, law firms, and broadcasting and telecom companies. (more)​
While there are not technically going to be direct losers in a Main Street economy, there will undoubtedly be some amid the investment class who will be lesser-winners.

The reasoning is really quite simple. There are many people attached to the Wall Street economy who ran-up wealth via the process of de-industrialization of America.
Anyone who gained income through the process of multinational export of investment and jobs, specifically U.S. based multinationals, are naturally going to see negative impact as the reverse takes place.


Multinational investment assets held overseas are precariously positioned, as the Trump’s ‘America-First’ trade policy starts to get teeth. Any U.S. corporation who attempts to fight against the tariff process will find themselves expending a large amount of money while simultaneously losing the ‘price’ advantage;…. And they will be simultaneously positioned to lose market share to U.S-based, or North American-based, competition.
This is why the USMCA becomes important. Once the USMCA is ratified it gives U.S. multinationals a definitive long-term position, from which they can calculate their costs.

A tenuous supply chain/manufacturing position in China or Asia, with unknown short-term risks to rising production costs, can be reconciled against a North American supply chain and/or manufacturing position that is well defined and predictable.
It is within this policy dynamic where the ultimate MAGAnomic winners and losers will be found. Right now the multinationals are trying to keep prior Asia investments viable; however, the clock is ticking. Those unknown variables have a cost.

The first loss is the best loss“… and right now President Trump is pressuring U.S. corporations to consider this truism carefully.
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Boom! The swamp drains as the rats attack each other. The demonrats want biden and his corrupt kid gone yesterday so they will stop making news, but it's too late. The pin has been pulled.........

Why all the Outrage? – President Trump Tweets The Heart of the Matter – A DC Tradition of Selling Influence for Personal Financial Gain…
Posted on October 6, 2019 by sundance

As customary President Trump reminds everyone about the big picture.

The reason the DC system -writ large- is going bananas is because selling the influence of political office for financial gain is the custom and currency of DC affluence.



In the larger picture the severe reaction from DC is not about Joe Biden, but rather the accepted familiarity of what Joe Biden selling office represents….


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Donald Trump Increases Deportations of Illegal Aliens by 453% in Recent Months
for me, I would like to know how it is accomplished

put them on a plane and send 'em back ?
put them on the other side of the border?
a ride to Tijuana?

besides all the legal mumbo jumbo, about 'leave of your own will', x time to leave, etc.

I like my way better, C-130 over target, open door, boot 'em out, parachutes optional
 

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for me, I would like to know how it is accomplished

put them on a plane and send 'em back ?
put them on the other side of the border?
a ride to Tijuana?

besides all the legal mumbo jumbo, about 'leave of your own will', x time to leave, etc.

I like my way better, C-130 over target, open door, boot 'em out, parachutes optional
Maybe the press and the dems are so mesmerized by the sight of the wall going up that they don't see all the trebuchets set up 20 yards behind them. Border Patrol keeps them running morning to night... have to with some 26 million deliveries to Mexico to make before the 2020 election.
 

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for me, I would like to know how it is accomplished

put them on a plane and send 'em back ?
put them on the other side of the border?
a ride to Tijuana?

besides all the legal mumbo jumbo, about 'leave of your own will', x time to leave, etc.

I like my way better, C-130 over target, open door, boot 'em out, parachutes optional
 

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UPDATE: Louisiana Governor Primary Results Thread: John Bel Edwards -VS- Abraham/Rispone Challenge
Posted on October 12, 2019 by sundance



President Trump rallied last night in Louisiana to support a challenge to incumbent Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards. The goal is to hold JBE under 50% and force a run-off against a republican challenger.

The national Democrats have made this race a referendum on the Trump impeachment agenda, saying if JBE can win in Louisiana then it proves Trump is weak enough to be impeached.

Mr. Edwards has tried not to make this a national referendum.

If President Trump and the Republican challengers, U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, can hold Edwards to less than 50%, then one of them will challenge Governor Edwards in a state-wide runoff for the governor position.

UPDATE: Mission Accomplished. John Bel Edwards has been held under 50% and will face Republican businessman “Eddie” Rispone in a run-off to decide the governors race.




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I went back home to Ohio's Trump country. In Appalachia, honest people have hope again.
Jason Williams, Cincinnati EnquirerPublished 11:44 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019 | Updated 11:53 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019

Columnist Jason Williams returned to his hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio, in the heart of Trump country. Here's why it was such a challenging assignment.

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – I've been a journalist for 21 years. I've never struggled to write something as much as I have this column.
The assignment: Go back to the place where I grew up, here in the middle of Ohio's Appalachian region across the river from West Virginia, talk to family and friends and my hometown people and offer a perspective on the heart of Trump country that few others in the media can.
Trump won 76% of the vote in Gallia County three years ago, his largest margin among Southeast Ohio counties. His sweeping success across Ohio's Appalachian region — he won 30 of the state's 32 such counties — played a big part in sending him to the White House.
This poverty-stricken area, nestled amid the picturesque Appalachian foothills about 150 miles east of Cincinnati, continues to stand firm behind Trump. And rural Ohio very well could play a part in re-electing him, barring impeachment.

That is, unless the Democratic candidates somehow miraculously start talking about real-world issues like jobs and safety. Tuesday night would actually be a great time for them to start appealing to everyday Americans, when the candidates debate 125 miles north of here in Westerville.
I thought this would be a fun story to do.

It wasn't

Mocked just for being from Appalachia

Here's why: Many of my family, friends, former teachers, coaches, classmates and church congregates — and all their friends — in this county of 30,000 people are Trump supporters, and I didn't want to put them out there, by name, for the trolls to feast on.

I love my hometown and its people too much.

These folks already get made fun of enough for being from Appalachia. They're good, respectful people who are focused on taking care of their families. They want to be left alone. They don't care about stupid Twitter wars, and I don't want to be responsible for thrusting them into the vicious rhetorical crossfire between leftist activists and Trump sycophants.

Democrats aren't reaching out: No one votes to be despised. If Democrats don't change their pitch, I may switch to Trump.

I quickly came to the realization that this was going to be a challenge soon after arriving for my 2½-day stay in early September. I found that a lot of folks didn't want to talk about Trump. They didn't want to put themselves out there for fear of being verbally bludgeoned on Facebook and Twitter or in the grocery store or even at church

And those who did want to talk, well, they seemed to speak for those who wanted to remain silent: They're tired of certain cable news networks and the leftist political class stereotyping them as a bunch of toothless, racist, backwoods rubes.

"I don't want to talk about it because you can't have an opinion unless it's their opinion," an African American Trump supporter said about the left. "Either you believe the way they believe, or you're a racist or a homophobe. The reason I'm working is because of what Trump's done. I just want to put my hard hat on and go to work every day."

The man, who added he's a registered Democrat, talked to Enquirer photographer Albert Cesare and me for nearly an hour on his front porch on a hot evening. He said a lady at his church had given him grief for supporting "racist" Trump, but the man said he's seen no hard evidence that's true.

The man then abruptly said he wanted no part of the story, stepped inside his house and closed the front door, leaving us sitting on the porch dumbfounded.

I didn't blame him one bit.

Trump, the lesser of two evils

The truth is, these aren't a bunch of Bible-thumping hillbillies. I spoke with nearly 20 Trump supporters. Most of them didn't want to be quoted, but every single one of them said the No. 1 thing they like about Trump is he's focused on jobs. Nothing about Russia or building walls or locking anyone up.

I know it's hard for the out-of-touch political class that's obsessed with hating Trump and all his supporters to fathom this, but there aren't stereotypes on every street corner and dirt road here.

I put over 100 miles on my SUV driving around Gallia County, where I grew up in a middle class home on a 100-acre farm. I walked around our little downtown of Gallipolis, population 3,500 and the county seat. I hung out for hours at Remo's Italian Hotdogs, Bob Evans, Montgomery's Barber Shop, Shake Shoppe, Courtside Bar and Grill and McDonald's – all the cool places.

I saw no MAGA-hat wearers.

I saw two Trump flags hanging from front porches, each on opposite ends of the county.

I saw one Trump bumper sticker, and it was on a luxury SUV. My colleague saw a "Trump 2020" doormat on a houseboat.

Teaching government in the Trump era: I've taught US government for 40 years. Thanks to Trump, I'm doubting the Founders' plan.

The only other time I saw or heard anything about Trump was when my dad was watching Fox News' "The Five" in the afternoon. It's something he enjoys in retirement after spending nearly 38 years working in one of the county's two coal-fired power plants along the Ohio River, raising three sons and tending to my late grandfather's farm.




Ironically, I often see more leftover Obama bumper stickers during my 15-minute commute to The Enquirer than I saw Trump signs back home.

If I go back in a year, maybe it'll be different. Or perhaps it's an indication that there's not this wide-spread obsession with Trump – and never has been – in the areas where he dominated at the polls. It might be hard for some to grasp this, but don't believe everything you read in the alt-reality world of social media.

Every person I talked to about Trump, generally said:

He was the lesser of two evils — and still is.

I like what he's doing on the economy.

I wish he'd stop tweeting.

Sounds like the same thing Trump supporters in Greater Cincinnati — and everywhere else in Ohio — say.

In Appalachia, people have hope again

Look, there's no deep, why-do-these-people-love-Trump-so-much meaning here. Gallia County has long been really Republican.

This is the home of the late Bob Evans, where his namesake restaurant was founded in 1948. His family's money has influenced GOP politics in Gallia County for decades. Bill Clinton in 1996 is the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the county. Before that, the county hadn't gone for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964 (Lyndon Johnson).

Gallia County supported Republican Mike DeWine in his failed re-election bid for the U.S. Senate in 2006. Every other county in southeast and eastern Ohio went for Sherrod Brown.

It's easy to see why the economy is top of mind. Gallia County is one of the poorest counties in the state. The power plants and the region's main hospital are among the few options for good-paying jobs.

Trump's policies are rooted in reality

I can remember coming home a decade ago and there were four of those sleazy, check-cashing places within a 2-mile radius. All of the stores where we shopped growing up — Haskins-Tanner clothiers, Knight's Department Store, Carl's shoe store — had been shuttered.

But the residents have optimism like I haven't seen in a long time. Gallia County's unemployment rate is 5.6%, the lowest its been since 1979. Most of the storefronts in Gallipolis again have businesses. Some residents attribute that to Trump, though the economy was showing signs of rebounding before he was elected.

Trump doesn't deserve all the credit. I've always felt like he played places like Gallipolis and Ohio's other blue-collar areas on the economy.

Things are better, yes, but it doesn't mean happy days are here again. Gallia County's workforce is a staggering 20% smaller than it was in the early 1970s, and the current unemployment rate is still higher than the U.S. (3.8%) and Ohio (4.2%).


I covered Trump's Youngstown rally in July 2017, when he implored people not to sell their homes and promised to bring back steel mills. The crowd erupted into a deafening cheer.

It was an unrealistic promise that factories are coming back, and it's bothered me ever since. But I'm glad people have hope again.

I'll go back home several more times before the 2020 election. Maybe I'll keep you updated on whether this area breaks away from Trump or solidifies around the president as the impeachment process continues.

Or maybe I'll just leave everyone alone and go tear up some trails on my dad's Polaris.

Jason Williams is a political columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, where this column originally appeared. Subscribe and listen to his free podcast, "That's So Cincinnati," on Apple Podcasts and most other podcast platforms. Follow him on Twitter @jwilliamscincy.

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Donald Trump is the absolute best candidate for a current presidency because he is representing the people. What do we as "the people" need? Just what POTUS displays...being outspoken, having guts, determination, honesty, persistence and an exemplary work ethic.
 

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Awesome crowd at the Dallas Trump rally (10/17/2019).....

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And some humor. LOL!.......

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Kurds happy, Syria happy, Turkey saves face and neocon and deep state heads explode all over the swamp.
President Trump makes it look easy. ...................

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Turkey-Syria-Kurds Ceasefire and Agreement: “Great Day for Civilization”…
Posted on October 17, 2019 by sundance

Funny how that happens. Recep Erdogan realized his Turkish forces were facing off against Kurdish military, the Syrian Army, and Russians. As a result of President Trump proclaiming the NATO ally was all alone; Erdogan was, as we anticipated, naked to an alliance of his enemies. Additionally, the Turkish economy was going to be destroyed by sanctions.

Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave President Erdogan the only way out that would avoid him being crushed militarily and economically; and simultaneously positioned the deal such that Erdogan could save face domestically and declare a win. The Kurdish forces will pull back allowing a 20 mile buffer region.

Brilliant all around geopolitical strategy by the Trump administration; and now all the pontificating war-mongers on Capitol Hill seem ridiculous.

Here’s President Trump’s presser from the tarmac in Texas. [Video Below – Transcript ADDED]


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This is a win....Trump saving our fiat paper



Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Is Delayed Until Trump Leaves Office, Mnuchin Says




WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, “conductor” on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.

Plans to unveil the Tubman bill in 2020, an Obama administration initiative, would be postponed until at least 2026, Mr. Mnuchin said, and the bill itself would not likely be in circulation until 2028.

Until then, bills with former President Andrew Jackson’s face will continue to pour out of A.T.M.s and fill Americans’ wallets.

Mr. Mnuchin, concerned that the president might create an uproar by canceling the new bill altogether, was eager to delay its redesign until Mr. Trump was out of office, some senior Treasury Department officials have said. As a presidential candidate in 2016, Mr. Trump criticized the Obama administration’s plans for the bill.
 

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Look at the date on this article posted by Sundance @ CTH. The headline is a link......................

The “Coup” Against a Sitting U.S. President Became Official on October 29th, 2019…
Posted on November 9, 2019 by sundance

The word “coup” shifted to a new level of formalized meaning last week when members of the political resistance showed up to remove President Trump wearing military uniforms.

Not only did U.S. military leadership remain silent to the optics and purpose, but in the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman he admits to giving instructions to ignore the instructions from a sitting United States President.

In the absence of push-back from the Joint Chiefs, from this moment forth, the impression is tacit U.S. military support for the Vindman objective.

NOW Look at the date on this one. Anybody want to explain to me that no progress is being made?
Problem identified, problem solved................


Sunday Talks: NSA Robert O’Brien -vs- Margaret Brennan – Alexander Vindman Being Cycled Out of National Security Council…
Posted on November 10, 2019 by sundance

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien continues to impress today as he appears on Face the Nation for an interview with the ever-emotional and overly-dramatic resistance dingbat Margaret Brennan. [Transcript of Interview Here]

In 2016 and 2017 President Trump said NATO was obsolete and the moonbats went bananas; NATO is the only thing saving the planet Brennan claimed. Fast forward to 2019… Trump meets with a NATO nation leader (Erdogan) and the moonbats go bananas; NATO is a horrible construct, Erdogan bad. Yes, liberal apoplexy is contagious in groups.
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Look at the date on this article posted by Sundance @ CTH. The headline is a link......................

The “Coup” Against a Sitting U.S. President Became Official on October 29th, 2019…
Posted on November 9, 2019 by sundance

The word “coup” shifted to a new level of formalized meaning last week when members of the political resistance showed up to remove President Trump wearing military uniforms.

Not only did U.S. military leadership remain silent to the optics and purpose, but in the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman he admits to giving instructions to ignore the instructions from a sitting United States President.

In the absence of push-back from the Joint Chiefs, from this moment forth, the impression is tacit U.S. military support for the Vindman objective.

NOW Look at the date on this one. Anybody want to explain to me that no progress is being made?
Problem identified, problem solved................


Sunday Talks: NSA Robert O’Brien -vs- Margaret Brennan – Alexander Vindman Being Cycled Out of National Security Council…
Posted on November 10, 2019 by sundance

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien continues to impress today as he appears on Face the Nation for an interview with the ever-emotional and overly-dramatic resistance dingbat Margaret Brennan. [Transcript of Interview Here]

In 2016 and 2017 President Trump said NATO was obsolete and the moonbats went bananas; NATO is the only thing saving the planet Brennan claimed. Fast forward to 2019… Trump meets with a NATO nation leader (Erdogan) and the moonbats go bananas; NATO is a horrible construct, Erdogan bad. Yes, liberal apoplexy is contagious in groups.
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Good God...LtCol Vindman (a former Ukrainian btw) thinks Trump asking the Ukraine President for "a favor" is a "demand". What shallow and transparent idiocy these people have perpetrated on us. They never thought he would release the transcript.
 

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I read thru that transcript provided by Irons,

the smug arrogant pos, then trying to play the i am not a lawyer thing, and you are twisting my words, etc.

no one was twisting anything, as he was being questioned on his very words, and even given the op to go find in the transcript where tramp ordered anything. He then basically claimed a request for help is a demand, as you don't go against someone like that.

which is a good play for him to go into the grey area, as the avg slave will or can agree with that characterization. Even if he blatantly ordered him, where is the impeachable offense?

etc.
 

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I read thru that transcript provided by Irons,

the smug arrogant pos, then trying to play the i am not a lawyer thing, and you are twisting my words, etc.

no one was twisting anything, as he was being questioned on his very words, and even given the op to go find in the transcript where tramp ordered anything. He then basically claimed a request for help is a demand, as you don't go against someone like that.

which is a good play for him to go into the grey area, as the avg slave will or can agree with that characterization. Even if he blatantly ordered him, where is the impeachable offense?

etc.
His name is President Trump.
 

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I have much respect for the man.
Agreed...
Trump slaps armless veteran for making fun of his orange hair.
We may disagree on...well - pretty much everything....but this was funny. Gotta give you props for it...
Headlines in the Washington Post: "Trump defaces Federal Property. Impeachment imminent"
TREASON!!!
Never heard this term "Maganomics" before..I like it.
 

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TheMOSTvettedPrezinHistory15 hours ago

Game Plan to eliminate Trump

Plan A. Collude with Hillary, GPS and the Russians to win the election.
Plan B. Sway the Electoral College votes
Plan C. Overturn the Election results with recounts. (Recounts were abandoned when they resulted in more votes for Trump and exposing democrat voter fraud)
Plan D. Nullify the election by framing Trump with Russian collusion
Plan E. Have the Deep State take Trump out using the 25th Amendment
Plan F. Impeach Trump for firing Comey
Plan G=String (Stormey Daniels). Impeach Trump for Campaign Finance violations
Plan H. Push Back: “If you see anybody from that cabinet.....get in their face”
Plan I. Impeach Trump for Obstruction of Justice
Plan J. Demonize Trump’s S.C. Justice nominee
Plan K. Impeach Trump for Money Laundering
Plan L. Impeach Trump for Treason
Plan M. Impeach Trump for revoking security clearances of people no longer in the government.
Plan N. Obstruct everything Trump attempts to do in congress
Plan O. Impeach Trump for violation of the Emoluments Clause
Plan P. Throw tantrum over Trump’s tax returns we will never see
Plan Q. Give sixteen year olds the vote
Plan R. Eliminate the Electoral College
Plan S. Let imprisoned convicts vote
plan T. Use pictures of illegal alien children caged by 0bama and blame Trump
Plan U. Mueller Report findings....
Plan V. Mueller's 9 minute summary of Weismann’s 400 pg op-ed
Plan W. Impeach Trump for "racist" Tweet "if you don't like it here, go home"
Plan X. Mueller's testimony before Congress

Plan Y. Moscow Trump Tower
Plan Z. Tie Bill's buddy Epstein to Trump
Plan AA. Exclude Trump from Kaliforia’s Primary Ballot
Plan AB. Convince voters we are headed into a recession
Plan AC. Recruit Establishment Never-Trumpers to run against him
Plan AD. Dox Trump supporters
Plan AE. Conspire with Silicon Valley to shut down any and all Conservatives
Plan AF. Change the whistle blower rules so literally anyone can fabricate a fake story based on hearsay
Plan AG. Change the House Rules on Impeachment as needed
Plan AH. Impeach Trump for pulling out of Syria after the Stated Mission of eradicating ISIS was successfully concluded
Plan AI. Impeach Trump for not informing leak prone democrats before taking out the ISIS leader and his successor
Plan AJ. Accuse Trump of a cover-up because the Trump/Zelenskiy transcript was stored on a secure system
Wait, what?
Plan AK. Impeach Trump for Quid Pro Quo
no wait, make that Bribery,
Extortion

intimidating tweets
Plan AL. Since Dems know they can’t impeach, have a meaningless show trial to keep the word “impeachment” in the news. And coach the witnesses on their hearsay evidence.
 

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I went back home to Ohio's Trump country. In Appalachia, honest people have hope again.
Jason Williams, Cincinnati EnquirerPublished 11:44 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019 | Updated 11:53 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019

Columnist Jason Williams returned to his hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio, in the heart of Trump country. Here's why it was such a challenging assignment.

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – I've been a journalist for 21 years. I've never struggled to write something as much as I have this column.
The assignment: Go back to the place where I grew up, here in the middle of Ohio's Appalachian region across the river from West Virginia, talk to family and friends and my hometown people and offer a perspective on the heart of Trump country that few others in the media can.
Trump won 76% of the vote in Gallia County three years ago, his largest margin among Southeast Ohio counties. His sweeping success across Ohio's Appalachian region — he won 30 of the state's 32 such counties — played a big part in sending him to the White House.
This poverty-stricken area, nestled amid the picturesque Appalachian foothills about 150 miles east of Cincinnati, continues to stand firm behind Trump. And rural Ohio very well could play a part in re-electing him, barring impeachment.

That is, unless the Democratic candidates somehow miraculously start talking about real-world issues like jobs and safety. Tuesday night would actually be a great time for them to start appealing to everyday Americans, when the candidates debate 125 miles north of here in Westerville.
I thought this would be a fun story to do.

It wasn't

Mocked just for being from Appalachia

Here's why: Many of my family, friends, former teachers, coaches, classmates and church congregates — and all their friends — in this county of 30,000 people are Trump supporters, and I didn't want to put them out there, by name, for the trolls to feast on.

I love my hometown and its people too much.

These folks already get made fun of enough for being from Appalachia. They're good, respectful people who are focused on taking care of their families. They want to be left alone. They don't care about stupid Twitter wars, and I don't want to be responsible for thrusting them into the vicious rhetorical crossfire between leftist activists and Trump sycophants.

Democrats aren't reaching out: No one votes to be despised. If Democrats don't change their pitch, I may switch to Trump.

I quickly came to the realization that this was going to be a challenge soon after arriving for my 2½-day stay in early September. I found that a lot of folks didn't want to talk about Trump. They didn't want to put themselves out there for fear of being verbally bludgeoned on Facebook and Twitter or in the grocery store or even at church

And those who did want to talk, well, they seemed to speak for those who wanted to remain silent: They're tired of certain cable news networks and the leftist political class stereotyping them as a bunch of toothless, racist, backwoods rubes.

"I don't want to talk about it because you can't have an opinion unless it's their opinion," an African American Trump supporter said about the left. "Either you believe the way they believe, or you're a racist or a homophobe. The reason I'm working is because of what Trump's done. I just want to put my hard hat on and go to work every day."

The man, who added he's a registered Democrat, talked to Enquirer photographer Albert Cesare and me for nearly an hour on his front porch on a hot evening. He said a lady at his church had given him grief for supporting "racist" Trump, but the man said he's seen no hard evidence that's true.

The man then abruptly said he wanted no part of the story, stepped inside his house and closed the front door, leaving us sitting on the porch dumbfounded.

I didn't blame him one bit.

Trump, the lesser of two evils

The truth is, these aren't a bunch of Bible-thumping hillbillies. I spoke with nearly 20 Trump supporters. Most of them didn't want to be quoted, but every single one of them said the No. 1 thing they like about Trump is he's focused on jobs. Nothing about Russia or building walls or locking anyone up.

I know it's hard for the out-of-touch political class that's obsessed with hating Trump and all his supporters to fathom this, but there aren't stereotypes on every street corner and dirt road here.

I put over 100 miles on my SUV driving around Gallia County, where I grew up in a middle class home on a 100-acre farm. I walked around our little downtown of Gallipolis, population 3,500 and the county seat. I hung out for hours at Remo's Italian Hotdogs, Bob Evans, Montgomery's Barber Shop, Shake Shoppe, Courtside Bar and Grill and McDonald's – all the cool places.

I saw no MAGA-hat wearers.

I saw two Trump flags hanging from front porches, each on opposite ends of the county.

I saw one Trump bumper sticker, and it was on a luxury SUV. My colleague saw a "Trump 2020" doormat on a houseboat.

Teaching government in the Trump era: I've taught US government for 40 years. Thanks to Trump, I'm doubting the Founders' plan.

The only other time I saw or heard anything about Trump was when my dad was watching Fox News' "The Five" in the afternoon. It's something he enjoys in retirement after spending nearly 38 years working in one of the county's two coal-fired power plants along the Ohio River, raising three sons and tending to my late grandfather's farm.




Ironically, I often see more leftover Obama bumper stickers during my 15-minute commute to The Enquirer than I saw Trump signs back home.

If I go back in a year, maybe it'll be different. Or perhaps it's an indication that there's not this wide-spread obsession with Trump – and never has been – in the areas where he dominated at the polls. It might be hard for some to grasp this, but don't believe everything you read in the alt-reality world of social media.

Every person I talked to about Trump, generally said:

He was the lesser of two evils — and still is.

I like what he's doing on the economy.

I wish he'd stop tweeting.

Sounds like the same thing Trump supporters in Greater Cincinnati — and everywhere else in Ohio — say.

In Appalachia, people have hope again

Look, there's no deep, why-do-these-people-love-Trump-so-much meaning here. Gallia County has long been really Republican.

This is the home of the late Bob Evans, where his namesake restaurant was founded in 1948. His family's money has influenced GOP politics in Gallia County for decades. Bill Clinton in 1996 is the last Democratic presidential candidate to win the county. Before that, the county hadn't gone for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964 (Lyndon Johnson).

Gallia County supported Republican Mike DeWine in his failed re-election bid for the U.S. Senate in 2006. Every other county in southeast and eastern Ohio went for Sherrod Brown.

It's easy to see why the economy is top of mind. Gallia County is one of the poorest counties in the state. The power plants and the region's main hospital are among the few options for good-paying jobs.

Trump's policies are rooted in reality

I can remember coming home a decade ago and there were four of those sleazy, check-cashing places within a 2-mile radius. All of the stores where we shopped growing up — Haskins-Tanner clothiers, Knight's Department Store, Carl's shoe store — had been shuttered.

But the residents have optimism like I haven't seen in a long time. Gallia County's unemployment rate is 5.6%, the lowest its been since 1979. Most of the storefronts in Gallipolis again have businesses. Some residents attribute that to Trump, though the economy was showing signs of rebounding before he was elected.

Trump doesn't deserve all the credit. I've always felt like he played places like Gallipolis and Ohio's other blue-collar areas on the economy.

Things are better, yes, but it doesn't mean happy days are here again. Gallia County's workforce is a staggering 20% smaller than it was in the early 1970s, and the current unemployment rate is still higher than the U.S. (3.8%) and Ohio (4.2%).


I covered Trump's Youngstown rally in July 2017, when he implored people not to sell their homes and promised to bring back steel mills. The crowd erupted into a deafening cheer.

It was an unrealistic promise that factories are coming back, and it's bothered me ever since. But I'm glad people have hope again.

I'll go back home several more times before the 2020 election. Maybe I'll keep you updated on whether this area breaks away from Trump or solidifies around the president as the impeachment process continues.

Or maybe I'll just leave everyone alone and go tear up some trails on my dad's Polaris.

Jason Williams is a political columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, where this column originally appeared. Subscribe and listen to his free podcast, "That's So Cincinnati," on Apple Podcasts and most other podcast platforms. Follow him on Twitter @jwilliamscincy.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opin...-ohio-donald-trump-country-column/3984999002/

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I quickly came to the realization that this was going to be a challenge soon after arriving for my 2½-day stay in early September. I found that a lot of folks didn't want to talk about Trump. They didn't want to put themselves out there for fear of being verbally bludgeoned on Facebook and Twitter or in the grocery store or even at church


And those who did want to talk, well, they seemed to speak for those who wanted to remain silent: They're tired of certain cable news networks and the leftist political class stereotyping them as a bunch of toothless, racist, backwoods rubes.

"I don't want to talk about it because you can't have an opinion unless it's their opinion," an African American Trump supporter said about the left. "Either you believe the way they believe, or you're a racist or a homophobe. The reason I'm working is because of what Trump's done. I just want to put my hard hat on and go to work every day."
 

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