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The Field: The Battle for Pennsylvania’s White Working Class

The Field: The Battle for Pennsylvania’s White Working Class

Update: 2020-10-0937
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This episode contains strong language.

Over the summer, Dave Mitchko started a makeshift pro-Trump sign operation from his garage. By his estimate he has handed out around 26,000 signs, put together with the help of his family.

Mr. Mitchko might seem like the kind of voter Joseph R. Biden Jr. wants to peel away from the Republicans in November. He had always been a Democrat — he voted for Barack Obama twice — but opted for Donald Trump in 2016.

Today, we speak to voters and politicians on the ground in northeastern Pennsylvania, exploring the factors that swung former Democratic strongholds toward Mr. Trump and asking whether Mr. Biden can win them back.  

Guest: Shane Goldmacher, a national political reporter for The New York Times. 

For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily 

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Comments (9)

Sean Vedder

https://youtu.be/hll9GKtwIPg Trump's economy sending jobs overseas.

Oct 11th
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Enea Koxhioni

I can see how their reactions make sense. Trump is saying people supporting your culture (white working class or otherwise white) are gonna continue to call the shots while I'm here, and that's familiar to them. No one wants to be the forgotten minority, but that's not what demographic trends support. In a browner America suddenly their value systems don't matter as much anymore. And change is one thing certain local communities arent the most... accepting of.

Oct 10th
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Jonathan Petherbridge

Very impressed NYT, you presented a different point of view without straw manning them too much. I was waiting for the "but" but it never came.

Oct 10th
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The Rabbit Hole

wow the comment section really shows the content from the democratic party the people from Pennsylvania noticed, and only two people have commented.

Oct 9th
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Felsha Zuschlag

An alternate title to this episode: "former Democrats in PA realize that they're actually racist when a candidate voices what their hearts feel."

Oct 9th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

i cant even listen.

Oct 9th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

UNBELIEVABLE, that a single working person would STILL beleive that Donald Trump meant any word he has claimed.

Oct 9th
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The Field: The Battle for Pennsylvania’s White Working Class

The Field: The Battle for Pennsylvania’s White Working Class