A Dispatch From The (Former) Blue Wall

Is running as an anti-Trump candidate enough for Democrats to win back states they lost in 2016?

One of many pro-Trump signs outside a manufacturing facility in Detroit, MI. | James Morrison/WAMU

Rochester, Michigan

Rochester is an affluent suburb about an hour’s drive north of Detroit. It was one of the richest places in the nation during in the 1980s and early ’90s. At the time, most of the people who lived there were managers and executives with the big automakers in Detroit.

Kathleen VanPoppelen, of Rochester, MI, is a lifelong Republican who says she won’t vote for Trump in 2020, but she also won’t back a progressive Democrat. | James Morrison/WAMU

Clinton Township, Michigan

Women like VanPoppelen might be leaning further toward the left, but Democrats are losing support from white, blue-collar workers like Bryan DeHenau.

Bryan DeHenau, of Clinton, Michigan, voted for Barack Obama in 2008, but is now a solid supporter of President Trump. “The man’s a godsend,” he says. | James Morrison/WAMU

Detroit, Michigan

Jacinda Cason calls herself an “agitator” as well as an activist and advocate, who works all over the majority-black city of Detroit.

Here’s Jacinda Cason, standing in front of 8 Mile Wall in Detroit. She says Trump might win if Democrats keep taking black votes for granted | James Morrison/WAMU

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