In an astonishing plot twist to pundits and pollsters everywhere, a majority of white women voted for Trump to the tune of 56 percent nationally, and several blue-collar states that typically serve as a bastion for Democrats went the other way in an attempt to reverse the bad fortune brought about by the Great Recession and Washington policies that did nill to help the average person to get ahead.

As Michael Moore pointed out ahead of the election, pollsters really had no idea how to go about questioning Rust Belt voters.

Perhaps he was correct. Without enough boots on the ground reporting to actually gauge the feelings of voters, and instead an over reliance on phone screenings and eye-in-the sky data journalism, the Hillary For America campaign was devastated when they learned she only won 228 electoral votes.

What the voters are saying

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump react to reports that he had won North Carolina while they were watching results in Times Square, New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Sandra Bittner, a 79-year-old Republican from Virginia, recently told the New Yorker about her reasons for voting Trump. “I ran [my business] successfully,” she said. “So I understand what it takes.”

Of Hillary Clinton, however, she had no kind words. “This woman has lied her way her entire life. She and Bill Clinton are the most corrupt couple in politics today… I think there’s an undercurrent of anger that will be hard to restrain, I really do.”

Ken Stulik, a real-estate agent in Virginia, also spoke with the New Yorker to explain his own reasoning. “It’s not a vote for him; it’s a vote against  Hillary,” he said. “I’m convinced that she is corrupt and a criminal, and I fear for our country if she’s elected.”  He also said he fears Clinton is , “…a globalist, and she doesn’t have the sovereignty of the United States in her best interests. I think she’ll be so mired in scandal and controversy that she’s not going to have a lot of time to get stuff done.”

Peter Knapp, a supporter of Republican candidate Donald Trump, waves American flags as he stands outside his home on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

In Ohio, a 66-year-old former Democrat told the Guardian that the media doesn’t understand, and has not tried to understand Middle America’s grievances.

“All the media and all the pollsters just didn’t understand that the little people like us all over the country were quietly supporting Donald Trump,” John Vass said. “And today we made our voices heard.”

Joe Jasinski, a 72-year-old former firefighter in Ohio and a Democrat since the ’60s, also weighed in with the Guardian. He explained that Trump’s plan to defeat ISIS, and stop the incoming flow of Syrian refugees, is enough in and of itself to vote for the man.

“You can’t vet these people. We need to destroy ISIS, like Trump has said he will,” Jasinski explained.”The Democrats used to be for the working man. Now they cater to the very poor, who they can keep in bondage with free stuff, and to the very rich in Hollywood, to keep the donations coming in. We in the middle have been forgotten.”