I've never been up there but I've always heard it summed up something along the lines of there are alot of dirty hippies there but they dont fuck around and will brawl.
It doesn't surprise me that they thave a big anti-vax community. There was a big anti-vax push from people thinking that vaccines cause autism and I dont think that was every considered to be republiccant/conservative.
I think the only reason all of this is being labeled as political is because of how divided the country was at the time of covid, and how everything has become political.
When you are a hammer, everything is seen as a nail. Also its much easier to blame the other side. Lately it feels like politics is the new racism/divide and conqueor. Make two teams, put them against each other and keep them busy hating each other instead of solving problems.
People are walking away from family members and long time friendships because they feel so strongly about something that if we are all honest here, none of us have the capacity to truely comprehend. I went to college for computer art, I've got no business trying to intrepret medical research documents.
This week, a girl I went to high school with died from Covid. Outside of covid she was in good health, not overweight or anything.
I had my shot back when they first came out but that was still pretty sobering.