Ya, I caught that about cell phone data but didn't consider it a red flag, I chalked it up to the fact that as insightful as he can be at times, he's probably the product of an urban life with no first hand experience living in "fly over country", so it may not have occurred to him that those of us who live in BFE have to cover a lot more ground every day. When I moved here 40 years ago the closest Micky D's was 130 miles away and people would actually drive it for a Big Mac attack, that casual attitude about distance is so culturally ingrained in this part of the country that even a pandemic isn't going to overcome it.
Regarding unions, I spent 3 decades "working with my hands" and only rarely encountered union members, unless I was working out of state. There in Chicago and the coastal metropolises union membership is much more prevalent and the unions subsequently more powerful than here in most of the non-coastal mountain west, and unions are always going to support the party on the left, even if their membership doesn't. With the rise to power of the Trump-inator it has been interesting watching the unions officially trying to continue to support the party that is beholden to them while so much of their membership militantly sports their MAGA hats and bumper stickers. Good sport in that if you have a warped sense of humor.
Outside of eastern coal mining country I just don't know if there are many union employees in rural America, even in the areas where the vast majority of jobs are in industries that would traditionally be highly unionized. Here in Wyoming AFIK only a couple of the smaller coal mines and only one of the trona mines are union, very little of the construction is and absolutely none of the patch is. Needless to say, the overclass of ruling elites that Fareed talked about aren't held in very high regard 'round here.