Joe Belden

Joe_Belden photo (002)Joe Belden: How and Why Did Trump Win Rural Voters, and What Can Democrats and Progressives Do?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (Luncheon)

TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm – Presentation and Q&A

EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

Donald Trump’s shocking victory was due, in large part, to his support in rural areas and small towns, where he won more than 60% of the votes. How and why did this happen? And what can Democrats and progressives do differently to effect a different outcome?

Rural-issues writer and activist Joe Belden will explore these questions as he examines some of the key places that went for Obama in 2012 but for Trump in 2016. Data show a major factor in the shift was resentment of the Clintons, Obamas, urban sophisticates, Hollywood, and national media, as well as an economy that leaves some people behind. Although rural economic insecurity is real, cultural resentments are also tied to racism, sexism, and homophobia.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dupont Circle Village (DCV).

PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


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