Because of the Electoral College that many Democrats would like to scrap, the DNC’s eventual 2020 presidential nominee will have to win over some states that went for Trump in 2016. But what are those places like? Vox’s energy politics blogger drove through some of those areas while on vacation but was unimpressed, while still feeling compassion for “those people”:
I spent a lot of my vacation driving around rural areas, through NC, KY, and TN. My impression: horrible land use, bland, ticky-tacky strip-mall architecture, & economic decay. I feel compassion for those people but I have zero time for romanticism about US rural life.
— David Roberts (@drvox) July 23, 2019
Pay attention, Dem 2020 candidates, because that’s how you win over middle America! *Eye roll*
You didn't read this one out loud before tweeting it, did you?
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) July 24, 2019
Definitely write up a Vox Rural-Aesthetics-plainer after your one week rural excursion
— Edward G Robinson (@Post_Truth_Era) July 23, 2019
Well, if you drove through you’re clearly the expert
— puns = actual violence (@WindingDot) July 24, 2019
There’s nothing like drawing assumptions from what you see while driving through an area.
People see what they want to see.
I've been where Dr. Epistemic Closure has been. The beauty is incredible. I enjoy NYC, but the Cumberland Gap blows it away.
And LOL on the land use lecture. https://t.co/pjovBQcZ1M
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 24, 2019
Get a load of this pretentious jackass https://t.co/sbsLoEgiZk
— Elijah (@LijahBeliles) July 24, 2019
Is this… parody? https://t.co/uRDXaXL7o8
— Jonny Diamond (@JonnyDiamond) July 24, 2019
what smug, elitist pricks see vs. what I see pic.twitter.com/6FFI7BvYJm
— Jason (@jasonelevation) July 24, 2019
Hey Siri, how can I delete someone else’s tweet for them. https://t.co/HjDpzxIuqz
— Michael Miller (@mikemillerSBN) July 24, 2019
— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 24, 2019
When you go an extra half mile off the interstate to save money on gas. https://t.co/gVo7n0iIkk
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) July 24, 2019
The shorter headline is this:
man drives through states, makes sweeping and inaccurate generalizations
— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) July 24, 2019
We’re guessing if a Republican drove through a liberal city and drew sweeping conclusions based on what he or she saw this same person would think it was awfully unfair.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include additional tweets.