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How Donald Trump Appealed To Rural America

Darron Cummings / AP / File

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Indianapolis.

Darron Cummings / AP / File

When Donald Trump swears in as the 45th President of the United States in January, he can thank his election in large part to the support of rural white America.

Trump performed significantly better in the nation’s whitest counties and took America’s breadbasket by storm.

Who makes up rural white America and why did they support Trump in troves?

Lisa Pruitt is a professor at the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. She’s been studying communities in rural white America for many years, she joins us in studio to discuss their political interests and motivations.  

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