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November 20, 2020

Really? Trump Really “Connected” with Rural Folks?

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Race — Steve Ruis @ 9:36 am
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The Guardian and a whole slew of other news agencies are expressing increasing confusion about how President Trump performed so much better than expected on election day.

Here is an excerpt from one article: “But on election day, rural Iowa turned out in force for Trump. He not only beat Joe Biden decisively in a state that opinion polls consistently predicted would be close, but the president significantly increased his vote in counties that put Barack Obama into the White House and which then flipped to Trump.”

Oh, the title of that article? It was “‘He made a connection’: how did Trump manage to boost his support among rural Americans?”

He made a connection? Really?

Iowa turned out for Barack Obama . . . twice. Do you consider Iowa a state free of racial prejudice? What got them to vote for a black man for the first time in any presidential election?

I will repeat. This quite racist country voted for a black man for president, twice, because they were fed up with the status quo. People in rural communities are seeing their way of life being plowed under, to use a farming metaphor.

But Barack Obama was a disappointment. He ran a campaign based upon “hope” and “change” and what did we get? More of the same. The bankers, the Wall Street types, the corporate fat cats, and the rich were still in charge.

Well, if electing a black man didn’t send the message they wanted, they need a bigger message, so . . . Trump!

Is there any mystery that an icon of the old status quo, Joe Biden, lost big in a rural state?


They voted against the old status quo represented by the corporate Democrats and there was no hiding the fact that Joe Biden is a corporate democrat, and the rich will be continued to be served . . . before everyone else.


  1. I feel that Biden, like Hilary, was probably one of the worst candidates the Dems could have fielded. About the only thing he ever had going for him was that he isn’t Trump. I think you have a valid point. Obama won because he *was* an outsider. Yes, he was a career politician, but he wasn’t one of the OWMs (Old White Male) who have run this country since its inception. People were, and are, sick of the status quo and all the problems that our political system has created.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — November 20, 2020 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

    • Although People were, and are, sick of the status quo, one can’t deny that Trump took that status quo and turned it upside down. And NOT for the betterment of things!

      But I do agree with you. There’s GOT to be a better way. At this point, I guess all we can do is hope the up and coming generation recognizes the state we’re in and institutes the badly-needed changes. But then again, overcoming what Steve asserted —the rich will be continued to be served . . . before everyone else— will always be a challenge.

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      Comment by Nan — November 21, 2020 @ 10:46 am | Reply

    • The thing that Biden had going for him was that he wasn’t Bernie Sanders. His campaign was going nowhere until the powers that be started fearing a Bernie nomination. Then a whip was cracked, money appeared, other candidates dropped out and voila, a reliable corporate Dem gets the nomination. So, not being Biden wasn’t a point with the plutocrats. They would have been happy with Trump had the electron gone the other way.

      On Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 10:26 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 21, 2020 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  2. This was a choice between status quo as it stands now – because there simply can’t be a more direct choice of the status quo than by choosing to keep the same guy in the same office he’d occupied for the last 4 years, and the status quo that used to be the status quo for decades before Trump. So, I guess, between two versions of status quo, Iowa simply picked the one it liked best.


    Comment by List of X — November 24, 2020 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

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