Has anyone here ever met an honest-to-goodness Donald Trump supporter, because I haven’t. I may have a father-in-law who supports him, but the only thing I’ve heard him say on to me on the subject was, “This country must really hate Obama to throw their support behind Trump,” which I suspect he knew would get under my skin.
I mean, I’ve seen the occasional Trump supporter on Twitter, but Twitter’s not real life. Trump supporters on Twitter are like YouTube commenters: You know they exist in real life, but in among the public, they’re as rare as magical unicorns with AK-47s and horns covered in swastikas.
And yet, Trump does lead in the polls, which means that, in theory, there are a lot of people who support him. Why would they do so? CNN, actually, interviewed some Trump supporters to find out why, and Brian Byrd was nice enough to collect some choice quotes from people who somehow were not embarrassed to attach their name to these thoughts.
— Rooney, a respiratory therapist in his late 40s, likened Obama’s Christian faith to Bruce Jenner’s recent gender reassignment: “It is true that he now identifies as a Christian in the same sense that Bruce Jenner identifies as a woman.”
— “The people that are coming in here from China, Indonesia and all of them countries, they’re getting pregnant and coming here and having babies,” Weber said, telling an Asian reporter that he meant no offense. “They get everything and the people that were born here can’t get everything.”
— Rhett Benhoff, a middle-aged white man at a December Trump campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina, said discrimination against whites is “absolutely” real. “I mean, it seems like we really go overboard to make sure all these other nationalities nowadays and colors have their fair shake of it, but no one’s looking out for the white guy anymore,” he said.
— Brothers Ernie Martin and Lee Walter from Cresco, Iowa, were among a group of zealous Trump fans at the front of the line outside a Trump rally in Des Moines on December 11. They had waited more than seven hours to see the candidate in person. “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. All the Muslims have to go!” Walter, a 64-year-old retired factory worker, began to chant.
— “Islam is not a religion. It’s a violent blood cult. OK?” said Hoyt Wood, a 68-year-old military veteran waiting to hear Trump speak aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. “All they know is violence, that’s all they know.”
— At the same rally, 55-year-old Susan Kemmelin said, “We can’t look at a Muslim and tell if they’re a terrorist or friendly.” Robert Engelkes, a 45-year-old corn and soybean farmer from Dike, Iowa, pointed out that there is historical precedent for targeting one group.
“What did we do in World War II? We put all the Japanese in internment camps,” said Engelkes, who was standing outside a Trump event in Des Moines. “We had to do something with them.”
This is the country we live in, folks. Kind of makes you want to cry, doesn’t it?
This is what actual Trump supporters look like.