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Anderson Cooper, like most other people, was stunned last night as he saw red spread across the map. This prompted him to ask the question, “What did everybody get wrong?”
While those on the panel couldn't come up with a good reply, it seems rural America has an answer for him.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a potential pick for Trump's attorney general, claimed the one thing everyone missed was the “rural resentment against the 'Eastern arrogant establishment.'”
NBC's Chuck Todd further elaborated on that sentiment, saying that:
“Rural America is basically screaming at us, saying, 'Stop overlooking us!'”
Hillary Clinton held on strong to major urban areas, yet failed to win key states such as Florida and Pennsylvania because of Trump's strong performance among rural and blue-collar voters.
According to Giuliani, a major turning point in the campaign was when Clinton called Trump supporters “a basket of deplorables.” Giuliani said that Trump supporters are certainly not “deplorables” and while they wore the name as a badge of honor, the wound went deeper than the surface.
“They believe that's what you all think of them,” Giuliani said. “Well, they're not. They happen to be as smart and smarter than we are. They happen to work as hard and harder than we do. They happen to fight our wars and their children die for us to keep us safe. And they were fed up with how they were treated by the so-called Washington establishment.”
Trump's aggressive personality seemed to signal to voters that he would change Washington, appealing greatly to the economically-anxious, working-class voter. Trump's message of bringing manufacturing back to America resonated with these voters after experiencing years of frustration, fueled by foreign trade relations in a world that seemed to have forgotten them.
Results seem to show that many voters are done being thought of as just a “fly-over” state and took this election as a chance to have their voices heard:
The shock among the media shows that somewhere along the path of progress, the divide between the elite and the ordinary has grown ever wider.
With a world faced with a major technology revolution, the manufacturing and blue-collar jobs that many of Trump's supporters hold have started to disappear. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, government workers now outnumber manufacturing workers, proving just how out of touch politicians may be with the “average American.”
After considering the disappearing labor force and major areas where Trump won last night, it appears Anderson Cooper has his answer.