Rural white voters turning away for Trump and Trumpism (1 Viewer)

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    Sep 30, 2019
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    This is an interesting article in the WP taking and in-depth look into one rural white voter who voted for Democrats in the last 2 elections cycles. This has been talked about some given the results of the last 2 elections, but not too much. I don't know if it's enough to call it a trend, but the shelf life of Trumpism seems to be waning some. Still, there are so many who are committed to it. So much of it just boils down to rural Americans fear/suspicions of change.

    Do you all think this trend will continue in rural America?

    PS, Cody sounds like the type of person I'd be good friends with.

    BEULAH, Ga. — As he pulled into the parking lot of Beulahland Baptist Church on Election Day last month, nearly everything about Cody Johnson suggested he would vote a certain way.
    He was White. He was 33. He was an electrician with no college degree. He had a beard and a used pickup with 151,000 miles, and he was angry at what the country was becoming. Most of all, he was from northwest Georgia, a swath of rural America where people who looked like him had voted in large majorities to send Donald Trump to the White House and Marjorie Taylor Greene to Congress, many of them swept up in the emotional appeal at the heart of the Trump movement, which Greene now deployed in her own rallies.

    They hate you,” she would say, casting politicians as elitists, conspirators, communists, pedophiles and enemies of America — by which she always meant a certain kind of America, one that created the kind of person Johnson was expected to be.

    Now he took a last inhale on his vape, walked into the polling place and voted against all of that. He voted against Greene, whom he called “an embarrassment.” He voted against the Trump-backed U.S. Senate candidate, Herschel Walker, because he didn’t want “some stupid s--- to happen.” He voted against every single Republican on the ballot for the same reason he supported Joe Biden in 2020, which had been the first time he voted in his life.

    “I don’t want extremists in office,” he said, walking back to his truck. “And I have some small glimmer of hope that maybe things aren’t as screwed up as I think they are.”

    All across the country, a similar uprising was underway as an unexpected tide of people showed up for midterm elections, turning what was supposed to be a rout for the Republican Party into a repudiation of Trumpism. In Arizona, voters rejected candidates who embraced white nationalist ideas and conspiracy theories about election fraud. In Pennsylvania, they rejected a candidate who said America is a Christian nation. Similar results had rolled in from New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia and other states including Georgia, where Walker would lose in a runoff earlier this month. Even in the deep-red 14th Congressional District, Greene saw her winning margin from 2020 slip by 10 percentage points, and one reason was Cody Johnson.

    I just read that article today - I don’t subscribe anymore but it was featured on AppleNews. It’s a good story. We need more like it.
    Well, I'd certainly like to think that the shelf life of Trumpism is waning. I'll need more convincing before I jump up and down about it though, but here's hoping.


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