Essay from America: City’s transport strike makes it Helladelphia for Hillary

Donald Trump may be the one shouting about election- rigging but if anyone has a right to claim a set-up in Philadelphia, it’s Hillary Clinton, writes Caroline O’Doherty.

The city is a Democrat stronghold, vital for winning the state of Pennsylvania, and it’s in the middle of a public transport strike with fears it could keep her voters away from the polls tomorrow.

So confident was her campaign of cleaning up here, they dubbed it Hilladelphia. Now it has a hint of Helladelphia. A judge is to rule today on the transport company’s application for an injunction to order the drivers back to work for election day and the unions are furious — unions upon whose support Hillary relies.

Local Democrats are frantically organising lifts for voters who rely on the bus and train and are paying taxi firms to help. And the Republicans are loving it.

On the city’s eclectic South Street, a rambling route running the whole way across the city, both parties have campaign offices all of 10 doors apart. Their volunteers keep bumping into each other on the way to the nearby Starbucks.

“Vote Hillary,” a Clintonite coughed into his sleeve as he passed by a small group waiting outside Trump’s house to begin their Sunday morning canvass.

“She’s a crook,” a young Trumpee called after him. “They’re all white progressive hipsters up there,” he offered by way of a put-down.

The man organising the Trump canvass was a black, conservative law student in a very non-hipster NFL shirt.

“I am not inclined to do interviews. You will not change my inclination,” he said. The young Trumpee, 20-year-old Mark Newdeck, was more forthcoming.

At the Democrats office, Elizabeth Weinbloom explained proudly how she had taken any opportunity to stand outside her rivals’ door in a Hillary T-shirt offering to register voters.

“It serves them right for opening up in an area that’s 95% Hillary,” she said.

However, will 95% of those 95% come out and vote? “Have you seen voter turn-out in the US?” she said, referring to the average rate of about 55%-56%.

Transport is not an issue for Hillary who is due to fly into Philly tonight with an entourage of Bill, Chelsea, Barack, Michelle, Jon Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen for a final Pennsylvania rally at Independence Hall.

The original ‘White House’ was located there after the War of Independence when George Washington became first president of the US.

He just had to win one war to take power. Boy, did he have it easy.

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