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Globalisation is made to order for demagogues. By its nature, it exposes the vulnerable to distant and mysterious forces. It enriches a new class of global citizens, but undermines a way of life for middle-class workers who can’t understand what is happening to them and don’t feel they deserve it. This is not the way life was supposed to be, and they seek someone to blame.
—  Richard C Longworth, Caught in the Middle, 2010

Trump voters were duped. As predicted by every other voter.

Mnuchin made his money evicting people after the 2008 meltdown. Just what the Rust Belt needs! Bigly!
Trump Didn’t Flip Working-Class White Voters. The Rust Belt Revolt Is a Myth.
Donald Trump didn’t flip working-class white voters. Hillary Clinton lost them.

Commentators in charge of explaining Donald Trump’s surprise victory seem to have settled on the idea that the white working class in the Rust Belt played a decisive role. In the New York Times, for example, Thomas Edsall notes that Trump won 14 percent more noncollege whites than Mitt Romney, and that those working-class voters Trump carried by “huge margins” were heavily concentrated in the Rust Belt states of Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (which we will call the Rust Belt 5).

But this emerging consensus around a Rust Belt revolt is wrong. People like Edsall have missed the real story: Relative to the 2012 election, Democratic support in the Rust Belt collapsed as a huge number of Democrats stayed home or (to a lesser extent) voted for a third party. Trump did not really flip white working-class voters in the Rust Belt. Mostly, Democrats lost them.

Our analysis projects publicly accessible exit-poll data for the past two elections onto turnout figures in the Rust Belt 5, to look at the whole picture, including third-party voters and those staying at home. Here’s what we found.

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Trump sells his presidential skills

The billionaire hits the road to tout his ability to deliver on campaign promises.


The 22nd day of Donald Trump’s presidential transition brought something new: an infomercial for his deal-making skills. And the president-elect didn’t pay a dime for it.

As he fills his Cabinet with Wall Street billionaires and millionaires, Trump burnished his image as a champion of the working class when he touched down in the Rust Belt on Thursday for his first public appearance since his election night victory speech.

Around 2:30 p.m. eastern time, cable-TV networks, after weeks of live footage of people getting in and out of the gilded elevator in the Trump Tower lobby, cut in unison to a live shot of the president-elect walking down the stairs from his airplane on a blustery Indianapolis afternoon. A few moments later, they showed Trump, in a black suit and long red tie, walking around the floor of the Carrier factory near where the company had planned to move 1,100 jobs to Mexico until Trump got it to reconsider.

“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences,” Trump said during a news conference, also carried wall-to-wall by the networks, at the Carrier plant.

It marked the first stop on what will be a two-week victory tour that allows the president-elect to celebrate his shocking victory in last month’s election and bask in the embrace of his supporters more than three weeks after his last campaign rally. After his appearance in Indianapolis, he was headed to Cincinnati for an event expected to draw thousands of supporters.

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HELLO TUMBLR. Our game Night In The Woods is out in the fall! The good folks at Polygon took a look at our recent E3 demo, which is comprised of a constrained, in-progress snippet of an early part of the game with things rearranged a bit and a lot of stuff closed off. Also they missed like all kinds of stuff while playing! It’s big!

For more info and to see more of what the demo contains, check out this interview with Alec where he talks all about the game!

We’ll have more info as we get closer to the fall. Follow us on Twitter for regular updates and all kinds of other stuff!

<3, NITW team

As always, reblogs and whatever are much appreciated! We’re a small fish in a very big pond, and this fall we’ll be a tiny shark swimming in an ocean. Filled with AAA nuclear submarines. This metaphor got away from me.



Pittsburgh has a charm and allure that sets it apart from the other great eastern cities. It’s not overwhelming. It has relatively little public transportation outside of its bus system. Its neighborhoods are each so unlike the others that at times it’s hard to believe one is still in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s charm is that of the Rust Belt city. Pittsburgh is a grade-A Rust Belt city: complete with dying industry along its waterfronts, dive bars (real dive bars) on every corner, what seems like hundreds of massive steel bridges, thousands of miles of railroad tracks and cheap everything.

Pittsburgh is not just another notch in the Rust Belt, though. It is much more than a has-been. Rather, it has consistently proven itself over the years to be one of the most dynamic and bold of American cities: malleable towards the new, yet unwilling to destroy the reminders of its fading past. A trip to Pittsburgh reveals at the same time new skyscrapers, a surprisingly resilient downtown, dynamic and changing neighborhoods and large cultural centers and districts — all along with the typical Rust Belt imagery of forgotten industry and abandoned factories.

There’s something for everyone in Pittsburgh. It has small city charm in the broad steel bones of a big city.

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Northeast Guide Chris Giuliano is a photographer and student living in the NY/NJ/PA region. Traveling throughout these states, and often to other places as well, he is able to see and capture a wide variety of life, and hopes to portray the way he sees the world to other people through his photographs. Follow on his blog,, and his website,