Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Strive for Empathy toward Trump Voters

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Strive for Empathy toward Trump Voters

Article excerpt

My Saturday evening last week presented me with two different takes on white working-class supporters of Donald Trump: I finished J.D. Vance's book "Hillbilly Elegy" and then viewed the opening skit on "Saturday Night Live."

Mr. Vance's book portrays Appalachian Americans with roots in Kentucky as proud, patriotic people stuck in a destructive cycle of poverty and ignorance. He reveals how their plight is largely due not only to circumstances beyond their control but also to some destructive behaviors within their control. They are a group of voters who went heavily for Donald Trump.

SNL's skit, rather than lampooning our 45th president, instead portrayed Kentucky citizens who voted for Mr. Trump as buffoonish rubes who have been duped into voting against their own interests. …

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