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When General Motors idled its auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio, this month, U.S. President Donald Trump adopted a familiar strategy: He issued a nasty string of tweets blaming other people and promised, in effect, that he would restore the past.Trump's angry, backward-looking approach may still appeal to some Rust Belt voters. Rust Belt communities that are succeeding are the ones that have adapted by embracing new technologies and innovation.Trump seems almost a technophobe.Green had sent letters to Trump in July 2018 and February 2019 warning about threats to the plant.Trump is vulnerable in the Rust Belt because he made such extravagant promises when he successfully wooed voters in 2016 .What's the right answer for Rust Belt towns where the old manufacturing base has disappeared?One more lesson from Erie County, in the heart of the Rust Belt: Trump won there in the 2016 presidential election, but in the 2018 midterm congressional election, the county voted Democratic.
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