I went to the Trump rally in Melbourne, FL. ... I wanted to understand how people can support such a president when he's already proven to be so bad at his job.
Boy are we screwed ...
One of the people introducing Trump, said he had accomplished more in 30 days than Obama did in 8 years. He credited the death of Fidel Castro to Trump!!!
Poor Melania was brought on stage to *READ* the Lord's Prayer, which she doesn't seem to be much familiar with.
And then Trump. Aside from Sweden, he gave his usual idiotic speech. I was next to the media box, there was a guy in front of me that on cue, when Trump started talking about the media would yell LIARS at the top of this lungs. Mind, you these media people were the nicest people. When old people were fainting, and a lot of them were (yes, it was a very old and very white crowd), they were pointing to the airport/security people where those fainting were so they could attend to them.
At the end of the rally, a crowd gathered in front of the media box. Yelling "Tell the TRUTH", and fake news, etc. But these people really seemed to be doing this to make it on TV, which I found super ironic. If you hate the media, why are you so excited to be on their channels?
What I sensed is, Trump is just an excuse for these people to lash out at all the progressive causes pushed in the last 8 years. After the event, in front of the anti-Trump protesters there was a guy yelling "HEY I WANT TO MARRY A FROG. I WANT TO GO TO ANY BATHROOM. SEE HOW THAT WORKS?" over and over.
Old people were talking about how the young don't respect their elders anymore. One of them said, that wouldn't happen with their kids, because she could spank them ... but that today that would be child abuse.
I saw a co-worker who was a bit embarrassed I saw her there. She told me she only voted for him because he was a "business guy", like Romney. She took her child and was worried about anything inappropriate being said (he's 8), I gave her a look like "Have you seen this guy speak before?". She had no idea about any of the terminology being used; what they meant by "snowflakes", who the 2 youtube black Trump supporter ladies where, etc. Unlike most of the crowd, she's a lot more affluent, but she had this look of being there but knowing that it's all wrong. Fascinating.
I watched this older lady yell at young protesters (looked college age) yelling at them "GET OFF MY DIME! GET OFF MY DIME!" ... she didn't look like she paid much in taxes. I was wondering why she assumed these kids were on welfare, and almost asked her. Rest of the Trump people were yelling at protesters "WE WON, YOU LOST". Nothing on policy or anything like that. Again this feels like payback. One yelled "We're in CHARGE NOW".
I felt like an episode of Star Trek, visiting some alien culture while trying not the break the Prime Directive. I came out with a better understanding of Trump supporters, but alarmed that nothing will change the mind of the hard core ones.
This nation is in crisis.