Kentucky Voter Thanks God Daily That Trump Was Elected, But Wonders When He’ll Bring Back Jobs

Residents of Beattyville, Kentucky, America’s poorest town, discuss their hopes for the Trump administration in a series of interviews with CNN news.

1-Melissa Allen, 34. (Beattyville, Kentucky)

I’ve lived in poverty my entire life. There’s really no hope. I don’t understand why the minimum wage here can’t be raised. I don’t get that. I hope it gets better. I really do, but I just don’t want to live on false hope.”

2-Donna Coomer, 52. (Beattyville, Kentucky)

Have you ever tried to live on $7.25 an hour? It was horrible.” Ms. Coomer thanks God for Mr. Trump’s presidential win, believing that his election is the beginning of some new era.

3-Pegg Stewart, 62. (Detroit, Michigan)

Mr. Trump, please take care of us. We’re looking to you.”

What unifies these disparate people is desperation and genuine fear for their own survival. What might be frustrating for viewers is that many of those interviewed do not necessarily connect the policies of Mr. Trump with the hardships that they are experiencing in their lives.

For instance, a number of those interviewed in this piece do not seem to recognize that President Trump (and the Republican Party) are generally against raising the minimum wage even as they simultaneously express worry about how low their wages are.

In an interview, Ms. Allen from Beattyville comes out and says, “I don’t understand why the minimum wage here can’t be raised. I don’t get that.” Ms. Allen expresses this concern even while explaining her support for a President who opposes increases in the minimum wage and in the past, called for the minimum wage’s complete elimination.

In a number of these interviews, it becomes apparent that a some of these voters supported Mr. Trump out of their own personal animus towards members of the LGBT community. This hostility to the “other” is backed up by voting data that asserts Trump voters were motivated more by fear of “diversity” more so than any other factor in their support of Mr. Trump’s candidacy.

I think that EVERYONE who voted, against their own interests, for Donald Trump, was probably a childhood bully, and thus not aware of this fact that everyone who has been bullied understands: If someone who is more powerful than you are, tells you that he is going to do something that will hurt you, you need to believe him.

If you didn't want to live on $7.25 an hour, you should have sought training for higher-skill labor or obtained higher-ed. Even my dad who was born in 1916 in Hicktown, OK, knew that much.

A little more irony...KY was one of the states that benefited most from the ACA (expanded Medicaid). These folks need to lose a bunch of collective weight, eat healthier, and lay off cigarettes, chew, and snuff, or they'll have to crawl off and die if the ACA is repealed.

Social Darwinism here.

If yall keep voting for mitch, you won't get a raise and trump is not going to bring the jobs back. Yall kept sending mitch back to congress and he keeps voting against your interests. What do yall have in common with the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz