In a fascinating data analysis from Axios, President Donald Trump's supporters grappling with his trade war are being displayed in map form.
Using data from the Brookings Institution, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics the map shows (in pink) the mostly rural counties in the United States that voted for Trump but are suffering extensively in his on-going trade wars.
These rural communities are primarily in deep red areas of the country, where many are already suffering from budget cuts, hospital closures and school consolidation.
The darker the pink in the map, the higher the concentration of people impacted. This includes areas like the panhandle of Texas, where ranching, agriculture and manufacturing industries mix with oil and gas. The same can be seen in deeply conservative western Kansas and eastern Colorado, where agriculture is the dominant industry. Southeastern states are dotted with heavily red counties that are being hit hard by the Trump trade war.
Axios explained that since many of these rural areas are lower in populated areas. So, when a meat packing plant or an industrial soybean farm takes a hit, the whole area suffers.
“If he gets a deal, awesome. If he doesn’t, it’s going to hurt,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) told the Washington Post. She also said that farmers she's heard from are “losing their patience, yeah, but they want to see a deal.”
“There’s a lot of feeling in farm country we’re being used as pawns in this whole business,” Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) also told the Post. “We will benefit tremendously if we get a good deal, so we’re hanging in there with the president. As opposed to hanging separately.”
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