Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R) took issue with a recent New York Times piece in which the author discusses the politics of her hometown of Clinton, Arkansas.

Here are several excerpts from the piece illustrating the bias and condescension that Hawley references:

My time here makes me believe that the impeachment scandal will not hurt Mr. Trump — and that Democrats who promise to make the lives of people like my neighbors better might actually help him.

The most dominant news source here is Fox News, which I think helps perpetuate these attitudes. There’s another element, too: For decades, the dominant conservative theory of politics is that government should be run like a business, lean and efficient.

The people left in rural areas are more and more conservative, and convinced that the only way to get things done is to do them yourself. Especially as services have disappeared, they are more resentful about having to pay taxes, even ones that might restore those services.

It makes me wonder if appeals from Democratic candidates still hoping to win Trump voters over by offering them more federal services will work. Many of the Democratic front-runners have released plans that call for more federal tax investment in rural infrastructure. Mr. Widener told me he had watched some of the Democratic debates, and his reaction was that everything the candidates proposed was “going to cost me money.”

As long as Democrats make promises to make their lives better with free college and Medicare for all sound like they include government spending, these voters will turn to Trump again — and it won’t matter how many scandals he’s been tarnished by.

Perhaps the most egregious part of the article is the insistence that all rural America behaves a certain way, a broadbrush assertion made by a writer who would undoubtedly be offended by the suggestion that all national media believe and behave with the elitism that this particular article espouses.



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