People who live in coal country still support Trump. And why wouldn’t they? Trump is the first President in years to even pay attention to their needs and concerns.
Circa News reports:
A year after the election, Trump’s core supporters in coal country still have his back
The F&W, a printing shop selling everything from custom t-shirts to license plates, is one of the few stores in downtown Welch that hasn’t closed its doors. Deep in the heart of coal country, the small West Virginian town is the seat of government for McDowell County.
“This place was booming,” Frances Weaver, co-owner of the F&W said. “Welch was like New York to people that lived out here.”
The demise of coal production, McDowell’s main industry, hit this county hard. Unemployment is now more than double the national average, male life expectancy is on par with Ethiopia and two years ago, the county’s only large grocery store, Walmart, closed its doors.
When John F. Kennedy campaigned in McDowell in 1959, the county was one of the country’s leading exporters of coal. But Appalachia, he warned, was “caught in the backwash of economic cycles, shifting markets and automation.”
Some 60 years later, a Donald Trump presidency seemed to offer voters in McDowell a chance at prosperity not seen here in decades.
Weaver, and her business partner Fonda Walker, opened their printing shop 21 years ago. The revenue stream isn’t what is used to be, with Weaver earning just $13,000 last year. She’s hopeful Trump can turn their business around.
These folks know changes won’t happen overnight. Trump has to undo a lot of damage done by Obama and others before real progress can be made.