There's real suffering happening with his base:
Rural America is facing an existential crisis. As cities continue to grow and prosper, small towns are shrinking. That fundamental divide played itself out in the recent presidential election.Link
Consider this shocking chart produced by the Brookings Institution. It shows that, in 2000, George W. Bush won 2,397 counties (compared to Al Gore's 659), and those counties represented 46% of America's GDP. Fast forward to 2016. Donald Trump won an even larger share: 2,584 counties (compared to Hillary Clinton's 472). Yet, counties that voted for Trump accounted for only 36% of the nation's GDP. Since most Bush counties also voted for Trump, that means -- in a span of just 16 years -- economic productivity shifted by 10 percentage points, away from small town America and toward the big cities.
The trend is clear: Rural America is literally fading away. It shouldn't come as a surprise, therefore, that the opioid overdose epidemic has hit rural states, like Kentucky and West Virginia, especially hard. And the latest research from the CDC also shouldn't come as a surprise: Suicides in rural America (labeled as non-core) have increased over 40% in 16 years.
I'm obviously upset about Trump becomnig president, but when things are dire some people go dark.
Wow. That's a bigger decline than I anticipated. Goes a long way in explaining why the country and economy has generally been positively progressing during the Bush and Obama years, rural areas tend to think the country has gone to hell and we need to become great again. I always assumed this, but the figures really drive it home.
I mean, Trump obviously will not be changing that trend. If anything all of the policies he is promoting will have the opposite effect. But boy was he good at working up fury among that rural/small town base that Democrat policies were the problem, and he has the solutions.