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The Untapped Power of Rural Voters

LaTosha Brown New York Times
Rural voters hold enormous potential for progressives. When Donald Trump came in 2016, many rural voters were desperate. He promised to bring back factory jobs. He promised to bring back coal-mining jobs. Sure, these were lies. But they were lies.

books

Looking Back at the 2016 Campaign

Christian Lorentzen Bookforum
Ben Fountain's "Beautiful Country Burn Again" revisits (and tries to make historical sense of) the convulsions of the 2016 election as prelude to--and forewarning of--the perfervid run-up in Trump country to the 2018 midterm contests.

poetry

The Fake That’s Real

By Mary Elise Bailey
Poet Mary Elise Bailey has studied and re-studied the rhetoric of 2016 presidential shopping. This selection is part of a longer work, Duct Tape.

Trump, the Republican Party, and Westmoreland County

Margaret Power Political Research Associates
Trump got 63.5 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 32.5 percent in Westmoreland County. The county is now solidly red, but it hasn’t always been. I grew up in Westmoreland County in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the county was solidly blue. Can it change back

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What She Saw at the (Political) Revolution

Jason Schulman New Politics
An eyewitness account of the 2016 Sanders presidential insurgency that weighs its electoral successes against its ability to form the core of social and economic movement resistance to capital.

Let’s Get Real About Russiagate

Katha Pollitt The Nation
Some on the left are still waving away the inconvenient facts that don’t fit with their politics.
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