These may not be the Trump voters in the pickup truck in the next lane, but they are Trump voters as liberals would like them to be—misguided, of course, as an unfortunate consequence of their lack of education and poor-as-dirt lives, but in their hearts, just like us!
It’s as if, in payment for the occasionally politically incorrect aside, the producers must offer the sort of absolving explanation that by now many conservatives offer up as a rote preface when we try to explain our views on affirmative action or feminist zealotry: “Well, of course we’re all for equal rights, and equal pay for equal work . . .” Co-executive producer Bruce Rasmussen is apparently so safely cocooned in his certainty that he comes right out and says it. “[Writer] Dave Kaplan and I were two of the people who had least understood that there are people who voted for [Trump] who aren’t misogynists or racists and who felt betrayed by other administrations,” he told Entertainment Weekly of the discussions that shaped the show. “Most writers, including me, are more liberal than we are conservative for sure. I’m no fan of Trump at all . . . We had to keep reminding people that this is not how we feel.”
One wonders: could they really not find any actual conservative writers in Hollywood? Have they all been blacklisted?