Some of the smarmier Twitter responses to this article, from those who have totally known flyover people and have totally lived in red/flyover states:
“@nytdavidbrooks I'm an eastern elite, but wasn't always. I know lots of poor, miserable flyover people. They refuse to move to where good jobs are, and refuse to retrain. They loathe the nice, quiet hardworking immigrant neighbors bec they're racists. Nursing their grievances is their hobby.”twitter.com
“@nytdavidbrooks I don’t think it immoral to understand what they are saying, but I do think they are immoral. I grew up in flyover country in a poor state and a working class family. You give them too much credit. They are racists and arrogant and uneducated and want what they want.”twitter.com
“@nytdavidbrooks @bjcreigh I live in a red state. I hear what they actually say about why they support him. They hate the rest of us. People of color, LGBTQ, non Christians, poor people, people who live in cities, people with college educations, feminists...they see themselves as the only real...twitter.com
After all this time, I still don't understand how they maintain this belief that the only people who voted for Trump are underclass white people that just suddenly appeared out of thin air. The data flies in the face of this assertion. For one, poor people have much lower voter turnout. Second, in order for Trump to have flipped some of the states he did, there had to have been hundreds of thousands of people at minimum who voted for both Obama and Trump. Voter turnout rates did not vary much between 2012 and 2016, either.
Third, Trump won in all income groups over $50k. Democrats won only the lowest 2.
This notion that the core of Trump's base consists of people like the Slatons or Amberlynn Reid's girlfriend's family just doesn't add up. It's flat-out wrong.