Regarding the Jan. 8 news article “Andy Griffith’s hometown hopes Trump will make America great again”: I can partially understand why people who sense cultural dislocation might, out of desperation, choose a candidate who promises a reversion to a perceived better time.
While Mount Airy is a real town with all-too-real problems, its adoption of the Mayberry mantle invites comparison to another fictional town facing difficult times.
Gotham City, rife with crime, bad governance, pollution and a poor mental health system is ripe for change. But would its urban “Aunt Bea” vote for the Joker to “Make Gotham Great Again”?
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