“Trailer Park” Raised U.S. Senator vs. “Drag a Hundred-Dollar Bill Through a Trailer Park, You Never Know What You’ll Find.” Examining James Carville and Thom Tillis

The first phrase in the headline using the term “trailer park” is from U.S Senator Thom Tillis (NC-R). He says “trailer park” as a point of some pride to underscore his humble roots. For Tillis, “mobile home” and “trailer park” and rental housing are not pejoratives, even if he is arguably and obviously misusing the terminology. The second headline quote is from the “Ragin’ Cajun” James Carville, who used the term pejoratively to deflect from the then-growing scandal of accusations from various women against Carville’s boss, then President Bill Clinton.




Carville is still very active in Democratic politics, appearing on left-of-center CNN and MSNBC, as well as right-of-center Fox News.

There is an old saying that two wrongs don’t make a right. One of the most offensive terms for someone living in a mobile or manufactured home is “trailer trash.”

MHLivingNews categorically rejects that term. To illustrate that rejection, we’ve featured this quotable quote.



It is always misguided, prejudiced, and wrong. This site celebrates affordable manufactured home living, while candidly exploring sometimes dark and troubling issues. When millionaires and billionaires embrace manufactured homes, when the rich and famous accept these affordable housing gems as their own primary or secondary residence, that should speak volumes to all Americans.

The point from this headline topic is not the specifics of the two politically charged reports linked above and below, both of which involve mobile and manufactured homes and each including reported – and largely confirmed – sexual scandals. It is worth noting that in the politically charged sex scandals linked above, President Clinton eventually acknowledged some level of wrongdoing after initial denials that Carville apparently aided the former president with. In the case linked below involving Senator Tillis, the scandal isn’t his own. Rather the furor is Senator Tillis’ rival for the hotly fought North Carolina Senate race that has witnessed tens of millions poured into the contest by Tillis’ opposition.





Additional Information, plus MHLivingNews Analysis and Commentary

The video above is from the Tillis Campaign. MHLivingNews has previously reported Democratic candidates campaigning in manufactured home land-lease communities too. MHLivingNews and MHProNews have also reported examples of President Trump and first Lady Melania Trump’s visiting manufactured home communities, and speaking well of their residences. Let’s note one of several examples of spotlighting a Democrat engaged in a manufactured housing land-lease issue found in the report linked below.




MHLivingNews has also noted that ideally manufactured homes and issues involving affordable housing in general should ideally bipartisan or nonpartisan. By definition, affordable home living is a necessity, not a luxury.




As the leading manufactured home trade publishers in the U.S., it would be foolish and irresponsible not to highlight manufactured housing related topics when they come in political contexts.

We have and will continue to extol the benefits of manufactured home living, while exploring the business, cultural, political, and other issues that impact this often-appealing way of life.
The photos are all of different manufactured homes, all built to the HUD Code, the nation’s only federal construction standards for housing.


That said, the general appeal of manufactured housing must not be used as a cloud to exploring problems that exist in the manufactured home industry. To learn more about the good, the bad, and the ugly, see the related reports linked above as well as those below the byline and notices.

Manufactured home is a federally defined term, and is not to be mixed with mobile home, modular home, or trailer house. All of these are prefab or factory built homes, which can be universal terms. Many call both mobile homes and manufactured homes MH, just as many call ‘Recreational Vehicles’ RVs.

See the videos and related reports with interviews from experts and actual manufactured home owners, linked above and below to learn more. “We Provide, You Decide.” © (Affordable housing, manufactured homes, lifestyle news, reports, fact-checks, analysis, and commentary. Third-party images or content are provided under fair use guidelines for media.)

On 12.3.2019, following the FHFA Listening Session address and meeting, father and son hit the Hill to do various meetings with those on both sides of the political aisle. While everyone was friendly and professional, Congressman Green’s team was outstanding. This photo op was thoughtfully offered to take a picture of Tamas Kovach behind the desk of Congressman Al Green (TX-D). One of several fun photos.

(See Related Reports, further below. Text/image boxes often are hot-linked to other reports that can be access by clicking on them.)

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for

Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.

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The text/image boxes below are linked to other reports, which can be accessed by clicking on them.

Stacey Epperson, top left, Jim Ayotte left, Linda Hazelhoff, center, Michael Wnek, right, NextStep home top center, Jacobsen Home, bottom right. See the report and video, linked here.
Still from the video on the page linked here.
Becki Jackson is a state inspector of manufactured homes. She was touring the model home that you see in this video, where Inside MH was wrapping up an interview. Tony spotted the state seal on Becki’s jacket, and asked her if she would be willing to sit down for a video interview to share her insights. See that video interview, linked here.
Still from video, posted further below.



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