Columnist Goes Home To Ohio, Sees “Optimism Like I Haven’t Seen In A Long Time”

Jason Williams is a writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

He recently traveled back to the part of Ohio where he grew up with the goal of writing about the people there and how they are doing in the age of Trump.

Many of the people there are Trump supporters and few of them trust the media, for obvious reasons.

But he did see a renewed sense of hope.

USA Today printed his column:

I went back home to Ohio’s Trump country. In Appalachia, honest people have hope again.

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I’ve been a journalist for 21 years. I’ve never struggled to write something as much as I have this column.

The assignment: Go back to the place where I grew up, here in the middle of Ohio’s Appalachian region across the river from West Virginia, talk to family and friends and my hometown people and offer a perspective on the heart of Trump country that few others in the media can.

Trump won 76% of the vote in Gallia County three years ago, his largest margin among Southeast Ohio counties. His sweeping success across Ohio’s Appalachian region — he won 30 of the state’s 32 such counties — played a big part in sending him to the White House.

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This poverty-stricken area, nestled amid the picturesque Appalachian foothills about 150 miles east of Cincinnati, continues to stand firm behind Trump. And rural Ohio very well could play a part in re-electing him, barring impeachment.

Williams had a hard time finding people who would talk to him. Here’s why:

And those who did want to talk, well, they seemed to speak for those who wanted to remain silent: They’re tired of certain cable news networks and the leftist political class stereotyping them as a bunch of toothless, racist, backwoods rubes.

“I don’t want to talk about it because you can’t have an opinion unless it’s their opinion,” an African American Trump supporter said about the left. “Either you believe the way they believe, or you’re a racist or a homophobe. The reason I’m working is because of what Trump’s done. I just want to put my hard hat on and go to work every day.”

The man, who added he’s a registered Democrat, talked to Enquirer photographer Albert Cesare and me for nearly an hour on his front porch on a hot evening.

This is what Democrats and their supporters in media just can’t seem to understand.

The majority of average Americans don’t share their rage about Trump or the 2016 election.

They care about having a job and getting on with their lives.

The 2020 election is going to shock a lot of people on the left.

It shouldn’t, but it will.


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