President Donald Trump might say he loves America. But is that really true? In fact, saying he does and embracing the flag as he does is a strategy to win support and remain in the White House for another four years.
Trump's strong dislike for urban America stems—at least in part—from the fact that he was not supported by urban voters in 2016. A quick glance at the election map shows Republican red throughout most of America's interior. Trump knows that his reelection depends on exacerbating the rural/urban divide in the United States. He wants and needs a high voter turnout in the nation's farmland.
According the Ian Haney-Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, Trump uses terms like "inner city" to rally the Republican base. "Inner city" has a lot of negative connotations associated with racism and crime. According to Haney-Lopez, Republicans have relied on this strategy for a long time, but it has become much more virulent and open under Trump.
Rural America has a lot power in America's elections. First, the Electoral College makes rural votes more weighty than their urban counterparts. Second, rural states have a disproportional amount of power in the Senate. Because of these inequities in the American political system, Trump's Republicans are able to control both the White House and the Senate—despite being a minority in the United States.