For the sake of argument: how exactly would “checking out” work? And why would this happen given that in the (IMO unlikely) event of impeachment, Trump’s likely replacement would be Mike Pence, who’s as dyed-in-the-wool Republican and rural-friendly as it gets?
I mean, we’re not talking about an autarkic peasant population here, right? Rural America is still part of the global economy, still depends on government services, still needs access to markets both national and international, the bulk of which ultimately runs through the cities. Right? So how many Trump voters are there really who would be radical enough to cut themselves off from all that, or have the means to? How many Trump voters are actually farmers who live off the land and could cut off food supplies — isn’t most of the food system run by agribusiness and migrant farm labour at this point? And wouldn’t destroying that infrastructure starve rural areas too? The stereotype of the down-on-his-luck redneck notwithstanding, and given that a good portion of Trump voters are perfectly well-off and make out quite nicely from the “establishment” no matter how much Alex Jones they watch, for whom exactly would “checking out” be much more than fantasy?