Last fall, just weeks before Election Day, I traveled the old Lincoln Highway, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Rockies, to learn the attitudes of voters who lived miles from the off-ramps of the main interstates and coastal America.
Known as US 30, the mostly two-lane highway connects 13 states and 128 counties between Times Square and San Francisco.
It was on that trip, especially in the Rust Belt states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa, that a realization unfolded: Many had already decided they were not voting for Hillary Clinton.
These voters appeared to defy polls and conventional wisdom. If you believed what they said, it quickly became evident that this corner of the country was going to help elect the first true non-politician in our 240-year history — one who had never held public office nor served as a general — to the presidency.
Today, almost 100 days after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, many Americans still remain suspended at the stroke of midnight, Nov. 8, 2016. On that day, those who voted for him were giddy and optimistic, and those who never saw it coming felt disbelief and repulsion, refusing to concede that he won.
And now? “Nothing has changed,” Rob Hughes, a registered Democrat and retired businessman from Bulger, Pa., whom I met on my cross-country trip, told me last week. “Well, that’s probably not entirely true. I think I like him more now that he is the president.”
Read the full piece here: How Trump voters feel about his first 100 days