Josh Boak at the Associated Press complains that the towns that Trump is visiting “don’t look much like the US”:
Trump has largely eschewed the big metropolises for smaller cities. He has been to Tampa, Nashville, Cleveland and Houston — where the arenas could accommodate his crowds. But he’s primarily been jet-setting to smaller places such as Elko, Nevada (population 20,078). Or, Mosinee, Wisconsin (population 4,023). Or, Belgrade, Montana (population 7,874).
The places he is visiting are smaller, poorer, and whiter than the country is as a whole.
I thought it was interesting that he failed to mention three cities that look very little like the United States from the standpoint of race, age, education, and income: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
I suspect that it might surprise Mr. Boak and most Americans that statistically the “most normal” city is New Haven, CT but I find that suspicious since it’s a college town. How “normal” would it be without Yale? The second most normal is the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater metro area and the most normal state is Illinois. Meanwhile the least normal state is California.