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by Freddie Sayers
Friday, 4
October 2019

Urban Guy versus Flyover Man

by Freddie Sayers

OK, so the device of an imagined dialogue between a typical ‘urban guy’ and a typical ‘flyover man’ is a bit silly. But today’s David Brooks column in the New York Times has the ring of truth about it.

‘Urban guy’ is beside himself about Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanours, but ‘flyover man’ isn’t interested in the impeachment story. This passage struck me as particularly on point:

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I get it. Trump said some stupid crap on a phone call. But are you going to undo my vote for that? I wouldn’t even rank this among the top 25 worst things he’s done, and I’m a supporter of his!

Listen, do you remember those months just after the election when people like you were briefly curious about people like me? You sent your reporters out on wild safaris into the hinterlands to interview Trump voters. You read “Hillbilly Elegy.” Back then it was fashionable to say that Trump is just a symptom of real problems in America. He’s the wrong answer to the right question.

It didn’t take you long to lose interest in all that. Now we’re just a block of concrete you call “his base.” Now, all you care about is Trump, not his supporters or the issues driving us. Your whole media is Trump-O-Centric.

- Flyover Man to Urban Guy

The inability of the US media to see past Trump to his supporters remains his biggest asset.

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