To The Editor:
Regardless of President Trump’s policies, it is important to understand why his words resonate, and to acknowledge that, in many cases, the problems they are bringing to the surface point to people who feel left behind.
Last November, rural America staged a successful political coup. Trump’s presidential victory had many intertwined causes, but one of the starkest was the up swelling of support from rural Red America. And, as we will see, many of the president’s campaign promises will not happen. In fact many of the left behind will be disappointed.
Since the election, the United States has had a wrenching conversation about refugees and migrants and “America first.”
And, refugees and migrants might be inclined to say, “What about us?” And they might be inclined to hear “America first” and hear something completely different.
So far, there is little to suggest the Trump administration is offering solutions for the rust belt of Pennsylvania and Ohio or for coal miners of West Virginia. The fact of the matter is the rust belt is competing with industry in the Southern states not just foreign corporations, and the coal industry is fading as an energy source.
But regardless of Trump’s policies, it is important to understand why his words resonate, and to acknowledge that, in many cases, the problems that they are bringing to the surface point to people who feel left behind.