As an actual Iowan, I have something to say. The sitcom Mike & Molly made a joke that Iowa was full of Democrats and pigs. There’s a reason for that. It was full of Democrats. I grew up under a different regime. I grew up with different media owners influencing the population. It is conservative now because of what it is like to live there now. My experiences going back and forth between my “liberal, urban media pundits” at my own home to the conservative media bubble at my hometown have reinforced this dichotomy.