In this part of the US, people are rooting for Trump more than ever

In this part of the US, people are rooting for Trump more than ever, by Justin Morriman.

Almost a year after America sent The Donald to the White House, Moyer is still selling pro-Trump signage. Homes and businesses all over this county [in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania], which is mostly registered Democrats, continue to declare their allegiance to the Republican outsider.

“Last year, when people were asking me to make [signs] for them, I was fairly surprised. Republican political signs really aren’t a big thing for me, and, well, this is a big Democrat area. The signs were everywhere, and everyone wanted one.”

So far, Moyer estimates he’s sold “thousands” of pro-Trump signs. …

Moyer, too, is a registered Democrat who voted for Trump — and yes, he is still optimistic about his presidency. …

But not approving of everything the president does doesn’t mean his voters have stopped supporting him. It is important to note that nearly 100,000 voters in this state switched their party registration from Democratic to Republican in 2016. …

Is this switch in party affiliation another sign the polls are missing? Hard to say for certain. But you would think this time it should not be ignored. “I suppose the best way to sum this up is that [with] voters on both sides, sentiments have not shifted, but the resentment towards each other has. Our misunderstanding of each other has deepened,” said Moyer. …

In the past few months, a CNN producer and a “Scandal” star have called people who voted for Trump “stupid.” Their contempt has registered with voters in this part of the country, and it has only served to escalate their commitment to the president.

Despite his flaws, Trump voters are waving the flag for their underdog candidate in a show of defiance. Many don’t think he is on the ropes, and they believe he will eventually get results. Customers are still coming into Moyer’s shop, requesting pro-Trump signs for the first time, wanting to show their support. They want to send a message: The establishment may hate the president, but his voters have got his back. …

Trump voters aren’t just changing their party allegiance, they’re crystallizing a new identity: as common-sense Americans bound together against seemingly hostile liberals who appear to disdain their way of life.

And the Democrats have done nothing to win over these voters, nothing.

hat-tip Charles