Trump voters are not animals to be studied by elitists on 'safari'
My home in rural Michigan is apparently somewhere in the northeastern quadrant of a vast rectangular expanse called "Trump's America," a one-of-a-kind admission-free zoo teeming with strange untamed beasts, exotic flora, and a handful of mostly thankless wardens.
Since last November, we have had any number of scientifically minded visitors. The Atlantic recently reported on the "safari" efforts of five researchers from Third Way, the centrist liberal think tank responsible for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign platform. Before that there was Mark Zuckerberg, who this summer reminded himself there are such things as non-driverless cars while looking at bratwursts as if they were glowing polyps surgically removed from the corpse of the titular monster in The Thing. HuffPo even sent a busload of experts to visit 23 of our cities.
It's not clear to me what any of these sojourners hoped to find. Why President Trump won the election? The antidote to "fake news"? The secret to political success? The first thing anyone who talks to Americans who are not part of the bicoastal political allegiance industrial complex finds is that neither of our major parties, in theory or in practice, is representative of most people's views or aspirations. Trump's America contains multitudes.