Why Trump is Popular in Small-Town America: Salena Zito

Common Ground Committee Let's Find Common Ground Episode 110

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Why Trump is Popular in Small-Town America: Salena Zito

Unlike the vast majority of journalists who cover American politics, Salena Zito lives far away from the centers of power and wealth. She writes about small-town America and the parts of the country that much of the media doesn’t cover.

Zito’s commitment to understanding the heartland of America is evident in her frequent trips along the nation’s back roads. She drives thousands of miles, avoiding interstates and major cities, to grasp the pulse of rural and small-town America.

Zito’s insights about American voters are especially valuable in this election year. In this podcast, we learn why so many people who live in rural and small-town America support Donald Trump and the populist coalition that reshaped the Republican Party.

Selena Zito writes columns and reports on politics for the Washington Examiner, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and the New York Post. She is the author of “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics.”

Salena Zito

Common Ground Committee Salena Zito headshotSalena Zito is a national political reporter for the Washington Examiner and also writes for The Wall Street Journal and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Her columns have been syndicated in more than two hundred local, regional and national newspapers. Zito is a frequent broadcast and cable news guest for her insights on the American electorate.

Zito was one of the very few national reporters who predicted Donald Trump’s rise.

Named one of the best books of the year by Foreign Affairs magazine in 2019, she coauthored “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics”.

She has interviewed every president and vice president in the 21st century. In the 2016 election cycle, she interviewed 22 presidential candidates, both Democrats and Republicans.