He found five Hillary signs. One for every six hundred miles.
Some stood alongside heavily trafficked highways, big enough to read a quarter-mile away.
Others occupied quiet corners on dusty county roads.
But an overwhelming majority had one thing in common: They heralded the name TRUMP.
Over the course of eight days, while traveling some 3,000 miles by motorcycle across the northern United States, I was steadily confronted by presidential yard signs.
I idly recorded those in support of Donald J. Trump until, after the first few days, the number approached 100. I eventually lost count.
Those in support of Hillary Clinton were comparatively easy to keep track of: I traveled nearly 2,500 miles before I saw a single one.
By the end of my trip, I’d spotted a whopping five.Yard signs mean something. Sometimes support. Sometimes not. But coupled with the tens of thousand attending his rallies and the few hundred attending hers, this may show vox populi.
What caught my eye (a reader sent me the link) was the dateline -- Hudson, Ohio. This is a historic village founded when the northern quarter of Ohio was a territory of Connecticut, its western reserve. This gives the area a slight touch of New England. This is why Cleveland has a public square. Indeed, this is why it has its name as it was surveyed by a Connecticut man named Moses Cleaveland, who was one of the original members of the Corps of Engineers in the Continental Army.
Hudson was the original home of Western Reserve University. It is an upscale town that would fit in New England. The median family is $128,727. This is not a place I associate with Mr. Trump although its roots to the Republican Party pre-date the party itself, as it was a way station in the Underground Railroad.
The media will not inform the public of the enthusiasm and breadth of Trump's support. They rely on polls. But there is a longing in America to be great again. True, America is great for people in DC and Manhattan, and Hollywood. But elsewhere?
Trump, Trump, Trump.
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