Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs up during a stop at the Lincoln Square pancake house as she campaign for votes on May 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets.Later on, hundreds of protesters stood in pouring rain, waved Donald Trump signs and chanted "Kill-ary" as Clinton toured a health center 80 miles to the south in Williamson, West Virginia.Eight years later, Trump's connection with those voters could pose a threat to Clinton not only in the coal mining communities of Appalachia she visited Monday, but also in parts of the Rust Belt and upper Midwest hit hard by the decline of domestic manufacturing.That strategy, say Obama and Clinton aides, reflects the demographic realities of an increasingly diverse country where white voters make up a shrinking part of the electorate.On Sunday, Bill Clinton was booed at an event in Logan, West Virginia.In Williamson Monday, Bo Copley, a laid-off coal worker, asked Clinton why voters should believe her pledges to help the region. Clinton released a $30 billion plan last fall aimed at aiding communities dependent on coal production.Dionne Collins, 42, said she voted for Bill Clinton, but had grown increasingly disgusted with both political parties.
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