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No matter who wins, thereiIs no exit from the roller coaster anytime soon

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania -- He has no idea which candidate he's going to vote for next month.

The 36-year-old registered Republican and conservative found President Donald Trump's comportment so distasteful in 2016 that he voted for Hillary Clinton. Since then, he found himself reluctantly liking Trump's accomplishments and started leaning toward voting for Trump in 2020. But he puts the brakes on supporting Trump every time the president says something he thinks is outrageous.

"I just want this chaos to end," he says in frustration. "That is what I am going to vote for: no chaos."

This suburban voter, like many others who might decide this election, now leans more toward Joe Biden. He is not alone.

Many voters going into this election next month believe if Biden wins the presidency, the constant disruption, chaos and social unrest will recede because Trump will no longer be president. Some of them are actually hinging their vote on that. Those exasperated voters and every reporter who spins that reasoning are as wrong about that as they were in their belief that the 2016 election was all about Trump. It never was.

Trump was never the cause of the conservative populist coalition that put him in office. He was the result of it. After decades of voters' dissatisfaction with both political parties, institutions, government and culture, they voted for themselves and their communities over both parties' establishments. It wasn't about voting for Trump.

 

A lot of very smart people keep missing that critical nuance.

If Trump's opponents, or those who cover him, were to spend any time listening to voters and not making fun of them, categorizing them as a cult, racists, stupid or whatever word of the day, they would understand that.

I don't mean parachuting in for a day at a diner and calling that understanding of a community but walking in their shoes and their community's streets to see how government has either failed them or passed their community by. It wouldn't hurt to stay in town for a couple of days, attend church with people, go to work with them or watch them coach Little League.

Look someone in the eyes while standing on the very ground they walk on, not from the bubble of your life experiences, and you might experience a little empathy.

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