In Ohio, a Father and Stepdaughter Show the Political Shifts in the Trump Era
He’s a union worker and former Democrat now solidly behind President Trump. She’s a onetime Republican now worried about her sons growing up in the Trump era. Family get-togethers can be difficult.
Dan Moore, a steel plant worker from Newton Falls, Ohio, was a longtime Democrat who voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
Dan Moore, a steel plant worker from Newton Falls, Ohio, was a longtime Democrat who voted for Donald Trump in 2016.Credit...Ross Mantle for The New York Times
NEWTON FALLS, Ohio — An hour after Kamala Harris was announced as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s running mate last week, Dan Moore sat in his living room watching the Fox News coverage of her selection.
“I would’ve liked to see any other candidate for a V.P. than Kamala Harris; what’s that one woman’s name? Amy?” said Mr. Moore, a 60-year-old boiler operator at a steel plant just over the state line in Pennsylvania. “He was influenced to pick a Black woman. I don’t understand the reasoning behind Kamala Harris other than, from what we’re hearing right now, is that she knows how to debate.”
Before Donald J. Trump began his first presidential campaign, Mr. Moore was a reliable Democrat who had twice voted for Barack Obama. Like legions of white union workers, he found Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign pledge to shake up Washington appealing. He plans to vote for him again in November.
Two hours away in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Moore’s stepdaughter, Kelley Boorn, cheered Ms. Harris’s selection. A longtime Republican who was once a vehement anti-abortion activist, her views shifted after a difficult pregnancy. She went from being a one-issue voter and an enthusiastic backer of John McCain’s in 2008, to sitting out in 2012 to becoming an enthusiastic Democratic voter in 2016 and 2020.
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