In doing so?
The Republicans AND Democrats there are suffering because even though Donald Trump has NOT produced ANYTHING he sold them on two years ago….And actually is working to make them worst?…They STILL have his back because he has shifted things to his media show fight against China…or…illegal immigration from Mexico…
Donald Trump may NOT be much of a ‘deal maker’…
But he sure can sell shifting blame away from himself to some…
Add THAT to the thing for people around an area that are so down?
They want, and need, to have a bad guy, thing or country for that matter…
Big American manufacturing companies , in the end, have paid lip service to Trump’s promises to build in America….
Cheaper consumer prices and profits mean offshore moves….
Trump KNOWS that…
Politics have little to do with this as Trump’s trade wars current failures seem to prove….
Whatever benefits decades of globalization brought to some parts of the country, there was no effort to reinvest in regions like northeast Ohio, where steel mills once lined 22 miles of the Mahoning River, and which has bled tens of thousands of jobs.
“The communities were cut loose and ignored and then they voted for Trump because at least he’s punching somebody in the face, and no one else is,” Mr. Ryan said.
One of those voters is Darrell Franks, a retired tool and die maker, who was once a Democrat but now votes Republican.
“What I want from a president is the rest of the world to look at him and go, ‘Don’t mess with that guy, he will get even,’” Mr. Franks said one morning in the Yankee Kitchen in Vienna Township, Ohio. “I don’t want kinder, gentler. I don’t want some female that wants her agenda.”
Vienna — pronounced “vye-anna” locally — is in Trumbull County, 15 miles north of Youngstown.
Blue-collar voters who had not voted Republican for president since 1972 flipped Trumbull County for Mr. Trump by 30 percentage points in 2016.
The Brookings Institution reported this month that in counties that voted for Mr. Trump — mostly rural and exurban — new jobs have been added at a faster pace than in counties that voted for Mrs. Clinton, although Clinton counties represent the bulk of the United States economy.
The president’s re-election campaign is marshaling such economic news to solidify his base of white working-class voters. Democrats are on the defensive, parsing economic data to argue that many people have jobs, but some must juggle two to make ends meet.
While Democrats made gains in the midterm elections in many places around the country that Mr. Trump had carried, the Mahoning Valley was an exception.
The only two seats in the Ohio Statehouse that flipped from blue to red were in the region.
Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a Democrat with working-class appeal, won re-election by a bigger margin than in his 2012 race, but his support slipped in Mahoning County and other counties on the Pennsylvania border.
Matt Borges, a former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, said a fundamental demographic realignment has taken place under Mr. Trump. “We’ve traded off suburban Republicans who may never find their way back to the party for that white working-class traditional Democratic voter, who has been more and more alienated from their party’s rhetoric,” he said. “Is this a long-term gain for Republicans here? Yes.”…
Amy Giovannone, 51, an oil and gas consultant and an Army veteran, said Mr. Trump’s habitual false statements did not bother her (“all politicians are pathological liars”), and she rejected the idea that the president won because of demeaning insults he directed at Mexicans and Muslims.
“That is ridiculous to think he was voted in because he used that kind of language; I am the furthest person from prejudiced,” she said.
“Here’s my thing: I cannot deal with the sympathy for illegal immigrants,” she said. “My grandparents both came over from Italy. They worked for their citizenship. They were poor, they had to farm, they did everything right.”
Tom Mauerman, 54, a foreman at an aluminum extrusion plant, said: “People pouring over the border is unacceptable. We’re funding everybody on the planet. I’m tired of it.”
He added, “If Trump plays his cards right, that’s his ticket to win the White House again.”…
The NY times piece looks at Democrat Joe Biden’s early campaign against Trump to try to get some the Democrats in Ohio to come back home to vote after they supported Barack Obama twice …..