After the events of the last week, with the turmoil in the Trump administration, I began to wonder how Trump supporters were reacting. It would be interesting to know if there is a possibility that a true believer in MAGA (Make America Great Again) was ready to second guess the great, orange leader.
I had an occasion to explore this sooner than expected when I ran into a crusty old guy who has done some work with me in the past. He is a farm manager, hunter, fisherman, outdoors man – a 70 year old crustacean. In my mind, he is the prototype of the true Trump supporter. Not an ideologue just believes in ‘getting things done’ and does not spend too much time on how that happens in politics. I seldom talk politics with him, but since he is a farm manager in California and employs Mexican labor I asked if any of Trumps policies were having an effect on his labor force.
Well, that opened the door to a reaction that astounded me. He’s a little man, but a straight shooter. He’s not a reader, but a realistic business man tied to the land for his business. I have figured all along that he fit the demographic of a Trump voter.
He burst out with the most emotion I had ever seen from him, with the exception of when he is under the pressure of harvest time. He said, “That crazy guy. I voted for him, but he is nuts. He says one thing one day, but then the opposite thing the next day. He’s a very bad president. I’m sorry I voted for him.” He added that they are all worried about where Trump’s Presidency may lead.
There are still millions who are not so clear thinking, but based on my small sampling there is hope out there!