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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 01:15 PM

I've been a Democrat for 20 years. Here's what I experienced at Trumps rally in New Hampshire.

Interesting observations.

Normally when I publish content online, I focus on the world of work. I hope you’ll forgive this brief departure, but I think that those of us on the left need to take a long look in the mirror and have an honest conversation about what’s going on.

If you had told me 3 years ago that I would ever attend a Donald Trump rally, I would have laughed while assuring you that was never going to happen. Heck, if you had told me I would do it 3 months ago, I probably would have done the same thing. So, how did I find myself among 11,000+ Trump supporters in Manchester NH? Believe it or not, it all started with knitting.

You might not think of the knitting world as a particularly political community, but you’d be wrong. Many knitters are particularly active in social justice communities and love to discuss the revolutionary role that knitters have played in our culture.

As a casual knitter, I never really paid attention to this. I knit as a way to relax and escape the drama of real life, not to further engage with it, but for anyone who is active in the knitting world on Instagram, it became almost impossible to avoid it. It started about a year ago when roving gangs of online social justice warriors started going after anyone who was not lockstep in their ideology. People were bullied and mobbed by hundreds of people for such offenses as publishing an article expressing excitement about going on a trip to India, posting a video saying they were leaving IG because they were uncomfortable, and posting a poem asking for kindness. Katherine Jepsen Moore has documented the full stories extensively and the BBC recently covered it as well.
I started paying attention after one man who was attacked got mobbed so badly that he had a nervous breakdown and was admitted to the hospital on suicide watch. There was something that was not right (well, so many things really) and it witnessing the vitriol coming from those who I had aligned myself with politically was a massive wake up call.

You see, I was one of those Democrats who considered anyone who voted for Trump a racist. I thought they were horrible (yes, even deplorable) and had worked very hard to eliminate their voices from my spaces by unfriending or blocking people who spoke about their support of him, however minor their comments. I watched a lot of MSNBC, was convinced that everything he had done was horrible, that he hated anyone that wasn’t a straight, white man, and that he had no redeeming qualities.

But when I witnessed the amount of hate coming from the left in this small, niche knitting community, I started to question everything. I started making a proactive effort to break my echo chamber by listening to voices I thought I would disagree with. I wanted to understand their perspective, believing it would confirm that they were filled with hate for anyone that wasn’t like them.

That turned out not to be the case. The more voices outside of the left I listened to, the more I realized that these were not bad people. They were not racists, nazis, or white supremacists. We had differences of opinions on social and economic issues, but a difference of opinion does not make your opponent inherently evil. And they could justify their opinions using arguments, rather than the shouting and ranting I had seen coming from my side of the aisle.

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In chatting with the folks at the taping, I said casually that I was thinking about going over to the Trump rally. The first reaction they had was a genuine fear for my safety. I had never seen people I didn’t know so passionately urge me to avoid all of those people. One woman told me that these people were the lowest of the low. Another man told me that he had gone to one of his rallies in the past and had been the target of harassment by large muscle-bound men. Another woman offered me her pepper spray. I assured them all that I thought I would be fine but that I would get the heck out of dodge if I got nervous.

So I headed over an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open (which was 4 hours before Trump was set to take the stage) and the line already stretched a mile away from the entrance to the arena. As I waited, I chatted with the folks around me. And contrary to all the fears expressed, they were so nice! I was not harassed or intimidated and was never in fear of my safety even for a moment. These were average everyday people. They were veterans, school teachers, and small business owners and they had come from all over the place for the thrill of attending this rally. They were upbeat and excited. In chatting, I even let it slip that I was a democrat and the reaction was “Good for you! Welcome!”

Once we got inside, the atmosphere was jubilant! It was more like attending a rock concert than a political rally. People were genuinely enjoying themselves. Some were even dancing to music being played over the loudspeakers! It was so different than any other political event I had ever attended. Even Obama in 2008 didn’t feel like this.

I had attended an event with all of the Democratic contenders just two days prior in exactly the same arena and the contrast was stark. First, Trump completely filled the arena all the way up to the top. Even with every major Democratic candidate in attendance the other night, and the campaigns giving away free tickets, the Democrats did not do that. With Trump, every single person was unified around a singular goal. With the Democrats, the audience booed over candidates they didn’t like and got in literal shouting matches with each other. With Trump, there was a genuinely optimistic view of the future. With the Democrats, it was doom and gloom. With Trump, there was a genuine feeling of pride of being an American. With the Democrats, they emphasized that the country was a racist place from top to bottom.

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As I left the rally (walking by thousands of people who were watching it on a giant monitor outside of the arena because they couldn’t get in), I knew that there was no way Trump was going to lose in November. Absolutely no way. I truly believe that it doesn’t matter who the Democrats nominate: Trump is going to trounce them. If you don’t believe me, attend one of his rallies and see for yourself. Don’t worry, they really won’t hurt you.

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I think the Democrats have an ass-kicking coming to them in November, and I think most of them will be utterly shocked when it happens because they’re existing in an echo chamber that is not reflective of the broader reality. I hope it’s a wake-up call and causes them to take a long look in the mirror and really ask themselves how they got here. Maybe then they’ll start listening. I tend to doubt it, but I can hope.

Read the whole thing:https://medium.com/@karlyn/ive-been-a-democrat-for-20-years-here-s-what-i-experienced-at-trump-s-rally-in-new-hampshire-c69ddaaf6d07

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Reply I've been a Democrat for 20 years. Here's what I experienced at Trumps rally in New Hampshire. (Original post)
Steelydamned Feb 13 OP
Gunslinger201 Feb 13 #1
Sullivan Feb 13 #3
Boadicea Feb 13 #2
Currentsitguy Feb 13 #4
Steelydamned Feb 13 #5
Trevor Feb 13 #6
Steelydamned Feb 13 #7
Trevor Feb 13 #9
Steelydamned Feb 13 #12
Trevor Feb 13 #15
HerasHeaddress Feb 13 #8
Trevor Feb 13 #10
shogun Feb 13 #11
BlackhawkNation Feb 13 #13
kc_tim Feb 13 #14

Response to Steelydamned (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 01:47 PM

1. #Walkaway

A lot of people are finding out the Left are the intolerant Haters

I hope they are redeemable but if not we will have the Military deal with them

That’s how sedition is dealt with

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 02:07 PM

3. ....

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Response to Steelydamned (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 02:01 PM

2. ...

I wonder if the death threats against her have started yet.

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 02:08 PM

4. Sadly, I'm sure they have

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 02:10 PM

5. I perused the comments on the article....

....and they were overwhelmingly positive but, of course a few Dems weighed in on how wrong she was or, how all the Trumpies were 'hiding' their overt racism while out in public...

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Response to Steelydamned (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 02:23 PM

6. probably a fraud

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Response to Trevor (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 02:30 PM

7. Did you research her or just.....

....shoot from the hip cause you didn't like her observations?

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Response to Steelydamned (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:06 PM

9. The sudden change of heart confessions are usually fraudulent.

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Response to Trevor (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:11 PM

12. And where is your evidence for this claim?

I actually looked this person up before posting to ensure she was legit.

Dr. Karlyn Borysenko

https://twitter.com/DrKarlynB?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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Response to Steelydamned (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 05:32 PM

15. I read it too.

No proof she's lying. She's all over the map.

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Response to Trevor (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:02 PM

8. Does that empower you?

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Response to HerasHeaddress (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:07 PM

10. No. Why would it?

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Response to Steelydamned (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:10 PM

11. Well I hope it was enough for the author to consider voting for Trump this november

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Response to Steelydamned (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:14 PM

13. This story is the exact reason DU has a lock down on dissenting opinion.

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Response to Steelydamned (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 05:00 PM

14. It's way past time for actual democrats to take their party back

The hateful, violent, SJW, PC, twitter and DU type drones need to be shut down, hard.

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