A Donald Trump Rally feels very familiar if you’re a sports fan. And that’s a very bad thing for our country.

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Thursday, August 31st, 2018

Evansville, Indiana — I was about to attend my first Donald Trump rally. It was a scenic walk from the hotel to the Ford Center, an 11,000-seat multi-purpose arena that plays home to minor league hockey’s Evansville Thunderbolts. I walked along Riverside Drive, taking in the smell of rotten egg wafting off the Ohio River from a nearby coal-fired power plant and thinking of my wife’s parting words: “Why are you doing this?”

It was…


It should not take an apocalyptic event for Americans to realize we share a common reality. But if it does, shouldn’t I be prepared?

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It was a few days after Indiana’s governor issued the state’s first official stay-at-home order, a drastic, necessary measure to prevent the novel coronavirus from overwhelming the healthcare system and creating mass graves in public parks. I was sitting in my living room-turned-office, staring despondently at the computer screen, when my wife, B — two kids in tow, always in tow — came in from the kitchen-slash-classroom.

“Did you leave the garage door open?!” B asked, alarmed, pointing out the window.

We’d both been in a heightened state of anxiety over the past week, our concerns surging through the cramped…


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Des Moines, Iowa — In retrospect, Pete Buttigieg’s final rally before his historic victory at the Iowa Caucus was representative of his entire campaign.

The venue was Lincoln High School, the state’s largest public high school, located just south of downtown Des Moines. It was as urban as Iowa gets — the student body was only 50 percent white. The obvious message from the Buttigieg campaign: WE’RE TRYING…


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Iowa City, Iowa — There is only one consensus among those commenting on the 2020 Democratic primary: Twitter is not real.

As The New York Times Upshot Blog put it: The Democratic Electorate on Twitter Is Not the Actual Democratic Electorate. What that meant from a punditry perspective was that the online clamoring from those on the left could safely be ignored.

For much of…


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 — WARREN DEMOCRATS

Iowa City, IA — I took a big rip of Clementine as I sat in the parking lot of Iowa City West High School. It wasn’t my proudest moment, but I needed something uplifting after spending the morning at a Joe Biden community event. …


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020 — NATURE’S TREATMENT

Milan, IL — Marijuana, in both Indiana and Iowa, is illegal, with simple possession punishable by up to six months in jail. But in Illinois, the state separating Iowa from Indiana, it is legal, as of January 1, 2020, to buy, sell, possess and ingest cannabis. …


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020 — HOLIDAY INN QUAD CITIES

Rock Island, IL — I’d been here a year ago, almost to the day, after a weekend of chasing presidential hopefuls across Iowa. My first taste of the campaign trail, first glimpse of the 2020 Democratic primary, had me left buzzing with optimism. With still over a over a year before the Iowa Caucus, I had seen someone named Marianne Williamson draw 85 people to a campaign event in Des Moines on a one-degree night. …


Carpetbagging Congressman cancels first-ever town hall, angering constituents and emboldening opponents

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They descended on Scottsburg under the cover of early-morning darkness, from all over Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District. They came from places like Mitchell and Bedford, Bloomington, Memphis, Floyds Knobbs, and more. They were teachers and construction workers, mental health counselors and high school students; retired postal workers and stay-at-home moms. One was a bundled-up third grader in a pink Colts stocking cap. They were there to speak face-to-face, finally, with their elusive representative, Congressman Trey Hollingsworth.

It was a small group, not more than 25 in number, and they were carrying signs with slogans like Protect Working Families; Stop Re-Writing…

Christopher Rex

Christopher Rex is a freelance journalist based out of Indianapolis, IN. Follow: @RexJournal

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