The Washington Examiner Embarks on a 4-Year, 9-County Exploration of ‘Trump’s America’

It begins with Robeson County, N.C.

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The Washington Examiner is the latest publication to commence an exploration of the towns and cities that went for Trump during the 2016 elections, i.e. Trump’s America. The project is called exactly that, and will feature reporting from deputy commentary editor Daniel Allott and his documentary filmmaker brother Jordan Allott as they write about residents of nine counties, from both swing and safe states, that went red on 2016’s electoral map.

Robeson County, N.C. is the first one up, and will be followed subsequently by Erie County in Pennsylvania, Macomb County in Michigan, Coos County in New Hampshire, Volusia County in Florida, Orange County in California, Salt Lake County in Utah, Howard County in Iowa and Trempealeau County in Wisconsin.

Each county will have its own set of stories–there are currently six for Robeson County–but the Allott brothers will be updating and adding stories to each country after they debut on the site. The stories will look at the reception of different groups within those counties to the president, tracking a trajectory that began with the election and will continue throughout his term as he introduces new orders and policy.

The idea was broached by Daniel and Jordan Allott and met with enthusiasm by editorial leadership. In a statement, editorial director Hugo Gurdon described why this project fits in well with the Examiner’s ethos, writing that the publication “is determined to report for and about the country at large, not just for and about the denizens of the federal capital. This unique series, Trump’s America, gives us the opportunity to do so in an exciting multi-media form.”

You can check it out here.