By JACOB MARROCO
Johnston’s break for President Donald Trump in 2016 led to its inclusion in a new book that hit stands this week.
“Trump’s Democrats,” written by University of Virginia historian Stephanie Muravchik and Claremont McKenna College associate professor Jon A. Shields, explores why a few, usually blue communities strayed from norms and supported Trump four years ago. The authors lived in three municipalities, including Johnston, to find answers on why such a Democratic stronghold flipped.
Prior to 2016, Johnston had not voted Republican in a presidential election since Richard Nixon in 1972. However, Shields noted in an email interview that Nixon’s win in 1972 and Ronald Reagan’s blowout victory in 1984 saw plenty of surprises as both came out in landslides.
Trump lost the popular vote four years ago, so Muravchik and Shields wanted to…