Setting aside whether The Hill is not just turning into another 'based' right-wing source with titles such as 'Krystal Ball: The woke Left tried to cancel me, that's why they keep losing' or 'Krystal Ball: Previewing the hellish future of a Biden administration' (totally unbiased and moderate, lol).
The author seems trying to sell us that:
- (1) the rural America is conservative on social issues, especially on racial issues, and they often have strong views here, such as against racial equality
- (2) yet they often voted for Obama (Democrats) twicebecause he (a Black man) was supposed to solve those racial issues and make everyone equal and happy???
- (3) they didn't like the shift towards more leftist social standings of Democrats during Obama and after, so they voted for Trump??
- (4) but they voted for Trump because he could 'connect with them and their social problems, and just listen to them and not belittle'
- (5) they didn't like how Obamacare wasn't enough for them so they turned for Trump, who has always stated he wants to retract it completely
- (6) people who voted for Clinton are anti-Trump still and people who voted for Trump are still pro-Trump (neutrals, people who didn't vote or weakly-convinced apparently don't exist?; people who didn't like Clinton and didn't vote but now they feel they would vote for Biden or just against Trump - nothing about them?)
This just doesn't add up. The truth is: the rural America was always very conservative, pretty shitty to others (who didn't fit their definition of 'American') and voted for someone who shared their opinions. Trump played to them and fostered them, so they came with their 'social views' openly. Definitely, those people usually didn't vote for Obama - they didn't vote before or voted for Republicans; it's just that Obama's voters didn't transfer readily to Clinton (and neither did they to Trump: they just didn't vote). If some of them indeed voted for Obama, it was because of his pro-social policies, and as Clinton didn't offer them (and neither they feel Obama really realized) they voted for someone 'alternative' who also accidentally fitted their views on social issues (such as race) more (Obama never fitted there.)
And here is to special 'media doesn't get poor rural Americans'. I saw it happen in other countries far too many times already: 'poor rural Americans' are mostly conservative 'God bless America' demographic, who is incredibly racist and so on. You didn't get 'a voice' in the media before because saying on how you hate on Muslims, Mexicans or black people isn't exactly 'muh poor opinion nobody listens to why'. (Why? Because you are a racist, religious bigot who only cares about his own group, that's why)
Bad, bad elite media, lol. They don't get anything!