When people say they support a pol bc of promise he made, then still support when he breaks the promise, isn't it possible that's not why they liked him at all? https://t.co/cEQk7XmEM2
— Dara Lind (@DLind) November 8, 2017
the best description i have for this piece is it is a story of people who are addicted to white supremacy https://t.co/P8cb1achx8
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 8, 2017
… “Six months to a year,” catering company owner Joey Del Signore told me when we met days after the election. “A couple months,” retired nurse Maggie Frear said, before saying it might take a couple of years. “He’s just got to follow through with what he said he was going to do,” Schilling said last November. Back then, there was an all-but-audible “or else.”
A year later, the local unemployment rate has ticked down, and activity in a few coal mines has ticked up. Beyond that, though, not much has changed—at least not for the better. Johnstown and the surrounding region are struggling in the same ways and for the same reasons. The drug problem is just as bad. “There’s nothing good in the area,” Schilling said the other day in her living room. “I don’t have anything good to say about anything in this area. It’s sad.” Even so, her backing for Trump is utterly undiminished: “I’m a supporter of him, 100 percent.”…
Johnstown voters do not intend to hold the president accountable for the nonnegotiable pledges he made to them. It’s not that the people who made Trump president have generously moved the goalposts for him. It’s that they have eliminated the goalposts altogether…
Michael Kruse’s story is getting a lot of (well-deserved) attention. But the related story that really depressed me was by Matt Viser, for the Boston Globe — “A year after Trump’s election, York, Pa., is forever changed”:
… Barbara Estep kept texting her daughter, Nylaya Way, who was not responding. Donald Trump had stunned the nation by winning the presidency the night before, and now frightening things were happening at Nylaya’s vocational high school, York County School of Technology.
Racial tensions had been building in the school’s corridors, cafeteria, and parking lot throughout the historically divisive campaign. Then, hours after Trump claimed victory in the election, they boiled over as a group of white students held aloft Trump campaign signs and chanted in a hallway, “White power!’’
A brief video clip of the incident shot across the social media feeds of York Tech students and their parents.
“I just thought it was going to be this big race riot,” Barbara Estep said. “The country-fed boys, they’re hunters. I’m sorry, that’s what I thought. These city kids, they have guns. I thought it was going to be a big shootout.”…
Trump’s election a year ago profoundly altered the United States in ways that continue to reverberate, but perhaps most visibly and disturbingly in how we talk to one another, especially about the hardest things, like the nation’s racial divide. The volume is up; the edge is sharp. Old grievances feel new, and civility is being sorely tested.
Certainly, that’s how it went down in York County along the southern border of Pennsylvania. York went big for Trump in the election, with a 63 to 33 percent margin over Hillary Clinton that helped the billionaire reality TV star capture the state and vault into the White House. Yet, the morning after, Trump’s win seemed less like a victory for democracy — the kind celebrated in high school civics classes — than a trigger for tensions felt across York County and the rest of America…
With its small-city core of York, surrounded by fields and hills that rise from the broad Susquehanna River, the county is politically split between urban and rural; between black or brown and white; between older, settled families and newer immigrants; between Democrats and Republicans…
It’s the kind of place where a simple Trump sign or cardboard cutout is seen by some as a show of pride in working-class values, but by others as a racist affront. Since Trump’s election, York residents have been un-friending one another on Facebook, avoiding one another at grocery store checkout lines, and leaving churches whose pews now feel uncomfortable.
Over the course of dozens of interviews here in recent weeks, it was not uncommon for lifelong residents to tear up when speaking about their community and the once-close ties that are now growing frayed…
Outwardly, life in York County and its vocational school seems to have returned to something like normal as students settle into a new school year and Trump’s first year winds down. But the class resentments, racism, and xenophobia that became flashpoints during the election have hardened, not healed…
Politico‘s Johnston is a place where aging white retirees complain about a world “out there” whose inhabitants no longer have time for them or their quaint local ways. The Globe‘s York is a place where high school students and their parents look at the people around them and wonder: Should the American equivalent of the Rwanda Radio broadcasts begin, which of these neighbors and classmates would be Hutus, and which Tutsi?
The inestimable Charles P. Pierce, in Esquire, “Trumpism Is A Spell”:
… These people are not reachable. I wish they were. There’s no point in getting angry about it anymore. There’s also no point in wondering why they feel the way they do, why they fell for the snake oil, and why they consistently vote against their own interests, or don’t vote at all. Reading what they told Kruse about where they are a year after voting for Trump is like listening to someone in the throes of a hangover talk about a bar fight they were in the night before.
Ms. Frear’s absolutely right about the steel mills. This is also the case with the coal mines, despite what temporary fixes are coming this year. To recognize futility often is to intensify it. The country of futility is a very real place, and the election of Donald Trump was a landslide there, except that, in the country of futility, the only issue is that nothing can get done, and Trump had that issue locked up all year…
DC should annex NOVA and return the governance of VA to Virginians! The founders intended DC to include all fed employees who are conflicted
— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) November 8, 2017
The follow-up tweet about granting remaining black Virginians, hmmm, like, 3/5 of a vote is going to be ?? https://t.co/9SEnmtIy2j
— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) November 8, 2017