Similar conditions prevail in Wyoming and McDowell counties. He still will fill in on weather from time to time. Such comments are a dime a dozen. Out-of-state coal companies own millions of acres in West Virginia, making it difficult for new industries to develop the land. An online meeting stramed at wsws.org/live, with David North, Joseph Kishore and Christoph Vandreier. These shifts make clear that workers who supported Trump cannot be dismissed as nothing but a mass constituency for fascism, or, as Hillary Clinton put it, a “basket of deplorables.”. This was the second consecutive presidential election where every county within the state voted Republican. Rural Development’s community facilities direct loans and grants can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities; purchase equipment; and pay related project expenses. In ageing West Virginia, health system grapples with coronavirus. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food. These regions are demographically different, and therefore neither race nor the urban/rural divide can explain the shift toward Trump. The mining counties of West Virginia were the center of labor wars, giving counties like Mingo the moniker “Bloody Mingo.” Wildcat sitdown strikes swept across Central Indiana in 1936-37. In many cases, those voting for Trump are the children or grandchildren of those who fought in these mass social struggles, but who have witnessed a catastrophic assault on their living conditions. We have to gather together and stand for what's right. (WOAY) – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $1.1 million in direct loans and grants to develop essential community facilities in 14 rural West Virginia counties. The current members of the U.S. Senate from West Virginiaare: To view a map of U.S. House districts in West Virginia and find your representative, click here. The World Socialist Web Site has extensively documented the social crisis in these regions, including in the following important articles and series: A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt, Eighty years after founding of UAW, homeless autoworker speaks out, Economic transformation of Welch, West Virginia: from mines to prisons, Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border, The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters, Steubenville, Ohio: Portrait of a rust belt city, International Committee of the Fourth International, Where is America going? In 2015, the World Socialist Web Site encountered homeless autoworkers living near Kokomo’s auto plants. Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County, is roughly half white and half black, though the county as a whole is majority white. Summers County Schools shares plans to bring students back to school, Honoring a Legend: Celebration of Life for Gen. Chuck Yeager, Local law enforcement department responds to protests at the Capitol. What is required is to win these workers on the basis of a real program to confiscate the wealth of the financial aristocracy and distribute it to meet the needs of broad sections of the working class who have been subject to decades of attacks on social conditions by both Democrats and Republicans. As of October 26 over 200,000 BinaxNOW tests have been shipped to West Virginia. You can follow Tyler on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Since 2014, West Virginia has lost nearly a third of its remaining full-time coal jobs as production declines, starving local governments of revenue. West Virginia / McDowell County / Trump #1105261 CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 View other clips in this broadcast → Material supplied by VTNA may be … The Colorado native, however, discovered Appalachia’s coalfields were not just rich in history, but also rich in respect for one another. While it is certainly not the case that all Trump voters supported his candidacy after voting for Sanders in 2016, these figures do show there is a substantial mood for a fighting left-wing perspective against inequality and, as Sanders said at the time, against the Democratic Party “establishment.” Most Sanders supporters in these regions, however, were justly disgusted by his effort to save the hated Democratic Party and elect Clinton, and decided not to support him again in 2020. The Trump Administration has shipped over 85,000 COVID-19 rapid tests directly to congregate care settings such as West Virginia nursing homes, assisted living facilities and to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the state. Support for Trump in West Virginia is no secret, but it is notable that in the southern portion of this low turnout state, increased numbers of voters supported Trump in 2020. This is guaranteed to spread racial animosity. We were forced to… Is it any wonder that these regions, led for decades by the Democratic Party and then forgotten as conditions worsened, are voting for a candidate who claims to be opposed to the political establishment? 7/14/2020 0 Comments Finally Clean Water. He was promoted to this job in Mid-November. In Mahoning County, Ohio, a majority of voters supported the Republican candidate in 2020 for the first time since 1956, when Dwight Eisenhower led the ticket. Traveling along Route 52 then Route 80 South from Panther to Iaeger (pronounced Yeager) and then on to the town of Bradshaw. The short answer: Most did leave. West Virginia University economists estimate that McDowell will continue to lose residents at a rate of 1% each year. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. Trump’s coup and the rise of fascism. In Hidalgo County, home to McAllen, Trump won 89,991 votes, nearly double his 2016 total of 48,642. Projects receiving community facilities direct loans or grants include: Additional projects will be announced through in-person events at a later time. The West Virginia counties are predominantly rural, while Mahoning, Jefferson and two of the Texas counties (Cameron and Hidalgo) are home to medium-sized cities. See election results, a county-by-county map and more for the West Virginia Presidential election on Nov. 3, 2020. West Virginia was also one of two states where Donald Trump won every county, the other being Oklahoma. Although these fascists are not an insubstantial force, they make up a minority of Trump voters. This was a seven percent rise from 2018—just one year. The development of a socialist movement independent of both parties is required to raise the cultural level of all sections of the working class, train them in the history of the class struggle, and convince them of the need for the racial and international unity of the working class against the capitalist system. Trump almost quadrupled his vote in Starr County, winning 8,224 votes versus 2,224 in 2016. McDowell County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia.As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,113. The Democratic vote remained the same in these counties. In Jefferson County, Ohio, per capita income is only $16,476. This List of members of the 77th West Virginia House of Delegates lists the members of the House of Delegates for the 77th West Virginia Legislature. But beyond these factual inconveniences lies a more sinister attempt to blame many downtrodden and highly confused people for expressing their anger and opposition to the political establishment they hate by casting their vote for Trump. In McDowell County, ten landholders own over 60 percent of private land. A little over 74 percent of voters in McDowell County, West Virginia, cast their votes for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election. Kokomo is a mid-sized industrial town dominated by deep poverty and extreme exploitation, and it traditionally supports Republican candidates for national office. A southern West Virginia town in the state’s poorest county has joined other communities in seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse. The fact that many workers are so politically disoriented that they cast ballots for the con man Trump is primarily a testament to their miseducation by the unions, which have spewed nationalism and anti-immigrant chauvinism for 40 years. In 1977, Youngstown Sheet & Tube cut 40,000 jobs in a single day, known as “Black Monday.”. Of the 3,142 counties in the US, McDowell County comes in at No 3,142 in terms of life expectancy. West Virginia has the highest percentage of Facebook users who “like” Donald Trump compared to other presidential candidates – 32 percent.. One recent poll showed Trump trouncing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the state, 61 to 24 percent. McAllen and Brownsville, in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, were the first and second poorest cities in the United States, according to 2010 census data. The counties in West Virginia as well as Jefferson County, Ohio and Howard County, Ohio are predominantly white, while the Rio Grande Valley counties are majority Hispanic. Support one another in all good things. The Rio Grande Valley has been considered a dependable Democratic region in an otherwise Republican state for several decades. These devastated regions were once the center of historic episodes in the class struggle. Eastern Ohio and Southern West Virginia are particular victims of mass job loss, with tens of thousands of coal jobs eliminated in recent decades. Donald Trump was more popular in McDowell County than anywhere else in America during the Republican primaries. But apparently there is confusion, or ignorance, in the local sheriff's department and/or prosecutor's office. Teachers in Pro-Trump West Virginia County Threatened with Termination For Attending D.C. Rally By Jim Hayek January 11, 2021 There is a phenomenon fast becoming a new normal in America and it’s something most of us who have been around awhile never thought we’d see: Persecution of fellow citizens strictly because of the political beliefs they hold. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly here in the Mountain State to be a strong partner to rural West Virginia businesses, which helps build stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”. As Leon Trotsky constantly stressed in his writings on Spain, France and Germany, only a resolute and revolutionary program of action—not DSA-style appeals to Democratic Party self-reform—is capable of winning those who wrongly view Trump as an opponent of the political status quo. The West Virginia counties regularly voted over 65 percent for the Democratic Party until the mid-2000s. In the absence of any political representation for many decades and under conditions of constant media lies and attacks on public education, it should come as no surprise that many workers are confused and express their anger by voting for the billionaire Trump. [snip] Banks is not exaggerating. Sons and daughters returned from the Obama-Bush wars, devastated by PTSD, with increased numbers taking their own lives or turning to drugs and alcohol. This study reviews four areas in particular: Donald Trump’s victory in Ohio was due in part to increased support in the eastern area of the state that was once a center of steel production. The West Virginia counties benefitting from these loans and grants are Barbour, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Pocahontas, and Roane. Cliff Moore (D-23rd District) Nicholas County. In nearby Jefferson County, where Steubenville is the county seat, Trump increased his vote total by over 1,000, from 21,117 in 2016 to 22,309 in 2020. Nearly 55 percent of the population of the Rio Grande Valley is below the federal poverty line. Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in West Virginia in 2016 by a margin of 123,860 to 86,354, but lost to Joe Biden in 2020 by a margin of 122,468 to 22,778. In Pro-Trump West Virginia Coal Country, the Jobs Keep Leaving Miners still largely support the president but aren’t expecting Washington to come to the rescue A view of downtown Logan, W.Va. In Welch, West Virginia, poverty reigns and around half the children aren’t being raised by either parent. They portray hostility to the former president as a sign of racism and political reaction. In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. In Jefferson County, Sanders won 3,353 votes in 2016 but only 693 in 2020. In Wyoming County, Trump increased his vote from 6,547 to 7,254, in McDowell from 4,629 to 5,125, and in Mingo from 7,911 to 8,521. Howard’s county seat is Kokomo, home to several auto plants, including the massive Kokomo Transmission Plant operated by Fiat-Chrysler. Dimitrios Manis, a photojournalist based in Washington, DC, recently traveled to McDowell County to talk to residents to find out what made the area such a stronghold for Trump. House ... Charles S. Trump, IV (R-51st District) McDowell County. In the last half-century, about 80 percent of the population of McDowell County, West Virginia, departed as … And it is time to point fingers.”. In the more rural Zapata County, Trump won 2,032 votes and carried the county, doubling his vote from 1,029 in 2016. There are not 71 million fascists in the United States. Trump's performance in the state made it his strongest state in the 2016 election by total vote share. One local nonprofit describes conditions in Southern West Virginia as follows: “Mingo County has the dubious distinction of ranking last of 55 West Virginia counties for adverse health behaviors, including smoking, obesity, binge drinking, teenage births and motor vehicle crash deaths.” The child poverty rate increased 20 percent from 2010 to 2017. In 2020, 26,400 Howard County residents voted for Trump—in a record turnout in the county—compared to 13,270 for Biden. McDowell County West Virginia: Home About McDowell County My Story Local Businesses Cool Stuff To Look At Blog Videos Mcdowell County News ... McDowell County Had Faith In Trump, and Then... 7/14/2020 0 Comments 0 Comments Finally Clean Water. Donald Trump swept West Virginia, and trounced Hillary Clinton in McDowell County by almost four to one (4,614 votes to 1,429). 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