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To understand 2016, northeast libs, visit the rest of the country

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Northeastern liberal elites are having a really tough time coming to grips with the election of Donald Trump. Much has been written about why they are failing to understand what the rest of the country did. The current narrative seems to be that the Northeast Megalopolis is out of touch and doesn’t understand the rest of the country. As part of the New England diaspora, who is now living in the South, I have a suggestion for my old friends: Travel this great nation and learn about her people. We’ll all be better for it.

Take a trip, for a week, or even a weekend, to one of those red counties you see on that map.

The 2016 election was peak dichotomy in America. Rural areas and “flyover country” overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump. Urban areas, on the contrary, overwhelmingly voted for Clinton. Even as the country and the world becomes more interconnected, there is still a vast disconnect. The solution to bridging the divide is simple: travel.

Of course, that means the elites must forgo their next all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, or their “self-discovery” trip to Paris. It means actually getting out and discovering your own country. And no, I’m not talking about the endless interstate interchanges shuttling cars through the heartland, but rather the actual people and places that make up the swath of red in the 2016 county voting map.

Challenge yourself to really see the country. You’ll learn a whole lot — just by observing and interacting.

In 2015, I did just that. Before moving to Greenville, S.C. for Conservative Review, I took a two month trip across the country. I drove about 13,000 miles in total, and all but about 2,000 of those miles were on back roads. But not just state highways. In some cases, I traveled on real back roads. County routes, dirt roads, hugging-the-side-of-mountain-with-white-knuckles sorts of places.

Along the way, I got a new appreciation of America.

Here’s a map of where I’ve been.

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