Of course, these voters recognized, Mr. Trump can still wield the power of the presidency, and they believe he can not hesitate to abuse it. But when it comes to the election results, they have become accustomed to seeing his message as more of a nuisance with an expiry date than a lasting danger to democracy – the ranting of a painful loser rather than the opening act of a coup by the leader of the free world.
“He’s just a whiny kid who didn’t succeed. I don’t sweat, ”said Blake Lertzman, 39, while taking a smoke break outside his tech repair shop in Bucks County Headquarters in Doylestown. “For the moment, everything revolves around the virus. I worry about myself, my girlfriend and my community.
As for Mr. Trump’s fervent efforts to overturn the election, “nobody cares,” Lertzman continued, “unless you’re the kind of person who keeps Newsmax going.”
Doylestown, which has around 8,300 residents and is over 90% white, leans more to the left than many other boroughs and townships in Bucks County. Nonetheless, many locals are proud of their area as an incubator for centrist politics, citing the county’s record of, for example, voting for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 while helping re-elect Senator Pat Toomey, a republican.
Republicans and Democrats here recall Mike Fitzpatrick, the moderate Republican MP who died of brain cancer this year, with fondness. And while many Democrats lament that his brother and successor, Brian Fitzpatrick – a Republican who represents Pennsylvania’s first district and just re-elected by 13 points – voted against Mr. Trump’s impeachment, they will also note without answer that Mr. Fitzpatrick was recently filed. by the Lugar Center, a Washington nonprofit, as the most bipartisan member of the House.
“We usually produce candidates in both parties who are quite moderate,” said Ron Strouse, the mayor of Doylestown, a Democrat who describes himself as a “practical progressive.” “The history of ticket sharing has certainly shown this this year.”
Yet like a number of other consciously moderate localities across America, Bucks County has not been isolated from the partisan and cultural currents that defined the presidential election. And as the county seat, Doylestown hosted their suburban Philadelphia iteration.