Trump's appeal to rural America

Graffiti citing the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, "We the People", in Davenport, Iowa. Davenport is a small town surrounded by farm country - one of the places often referred to as "flyover country".
Graffiti citing the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, "We the People", in Davenport, Iowa. Davenport is a small town surrounded by farm country - one of the places often referred to as "flyover country".ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

DES MOINES (Iowa) • On an old, narrow steel bridge in Davenport, above the rolling Mississippi, are scrawled the words from the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States: "We the People."

Davenport is a small town of just over 100,000 people. All around is farm country, big farms of thousands of acres each, now under a winter blanket of snow. This is what is referred to often, and not as a compliment, as "flyover country".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 09, 2020, with the headline 'Trump's appeal to rural America'. Print Edition | Subscribe