Yesterday, my wife and I (not pictured above) participated in something I never thought I would do. I was one of numerous Republicans getting out the vote for Hillary Clinton. It’s hard to describe just how unlikely a moment this was for me, but I’ve covered that on this blog before.
And yet, I did it with no qualms. Quite the opposite, it was with a sense of pride, honor and duty that I felt I was participating in the effort to prevent a madman with dictatorial tendencies from becoming the President of the United States. In many ways, it was a gratifying, cathartic experience to put country over political affiliation. However, it was also a frightening experience, because it illustrated just what will happen if we lose this election and allow Donald Trump to dictate our daily lives.
You see, while most of the day passed without incident, the entire tone of the day was trampled upon when we had the misfortune of being accosted by some absolutely livid Trump supporters who did everything in their power to intimidate us into staying out of their neighborhood. Be forewarned, extremely foul language follows.
As we worked our way down the street, we were spotted by several men (at one point there were about five, while at others there were two) who began to scream at us from afar while waving their Trump/Pence signs:
“TRUMP! TRUMP! This is a Trump neighborhood here! Stay out of here!”
Fine so far, while mildly disturbing/threatening, we had no issue with people expressing themselves. We still have freedom of speech in this country. Also, there were a few pro-Hillary and Black Lives Matter signs on houses near them (they were the only Trump supporters we could see) so it was clear they were not representing the neighborhood.
“TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!”
However, as we got closer and crossed over to their side of the street, they became even more belligerent. As we approached a house two doors down from them, they continued:
“Nobody’s here that wants to see you people! This is a Trump neighborhood!”
Now we had to walk past them – actually through them since they would not move aside for us – and they really kicked it up a notch:
“What’s Hillary Clinton ever done for this country? No, tell me. I want to know!”
To which we responded that we had no desire to engage with them. Our goal was just to knock on doors of potential Hillary supporters, not get into a fight with Trump supporters. Engaging them would only waste time we would otherwise be canvassing – which is exactly what they wanted.
Well, that only set them off into a rage meltdown:
“Fucking white liberal snob bitch! Fucking liberal white snobs come around here every four years for Obama. I hate white liberal snobs!”
At this point we were past them, but still only a few doors down, trying to talk to an elderly man who told us he was too old to vote before closing the door. My suspicion is that being within earshot of these people, who by now were in a full on frenzy, goosestepping up and down the block and throwing glass bottles, all while screaming profanities at the top of their lungs, this man was frankly afraid to tell us what he would be doing.
Now they were screaming how they would be in jail for what Hillary has done, that a Trump reckoning was coming and that:
“Fucking college students coming through here every four years are ruining this country!”
As we moved further down the block we could still hear them screaming over and over.
Now it’s important to note that these guys did not explicitly threaten violence against us. However, the neighborhood we were in was decidedly mixed, with probably about 65% minorities to 35% whites. Others in the neighborhood told us that it was already a “war zone” due to gang violence and drugs. Even as we spoke to another person on his doorstep on another block, another Trump supporter walked by yelling “Trump! Trump! Trump!” at us.
Here’s the scary part.
What happens on election night? Regardless of who wins, do you think these pro-Trump goons are going to keep quiet? This is what Trump has unleashed on America. The death of civility is the true horror of this election. If they were so willing to try and keep us out of their neighborhoods, what makes you think they won’t try and keep their elderly neighbors from participating in the vote? It was like seeing the online Trump Trolls who have ruined Reddit, Twitter and nearly every comment section on the internet – but in REAL LIFE.
Here’s the even scarier part – and this is literally what keeps me up at night.
What happens with people like this if Trump wins? What happens with people who are WORSE than this if Trump wins? It was clear, from their behavior, that these people believed that for the first time in their lives, that they had the power. That it was THEIR time. This wasn’t about patriotism. This wasn’t about American exceptionalism. This was about REVENGE. This wasn’t REALLY about Clinton. It was about taking power for themselves. It was about fighting back against the minorities “ruining” their neighborhood. It was about fighting back against college students “ruining” the country. It was about fighting back against every “bitch” they were unable to dominate in the past. Hillary Clinton just embodies their failures for them.
There were no conservative values here. There were no values to speak of at all, just a lust for power. A testosterone-fueled rage-fest against everyone who isn’t like them – championed by their avatar, Donald Trump, who continues to empower their hope of being at the top of the food chain. These people had no desire to live with their neighbors. They wanted to DOMINATE them.
Can you imagine what four years of Donald Trump as president, fueling this behavior, will do to neighborhoods like this? THAT is what’s frightening. THAT is why I created this website and THAT is why, no matter what anyone says to me, I will not be deterred. WE will not be deterred.
There is no more doubt. No more depression about our lack of options. No more stages of grief.
Donald Trump CANNOT empower men like this to spread their own self-destruction all across the United States.
Hillary Clinton MUST be our next President.