Dear New York Times:
I am curious to hear yet another bully term leveled at me as a Trump supporter by your lovely publication. You now refer to Trump fans as “the mob.” If you would actually report who the Trump supporters are and not focus on the fringe crazies you might actually be reporting the news. I can assure you I am not part of a mob, nor have I ever been a “sheep.” I vote for the best candidate, not party. I have voted for two of the last three democrats in the presidency.
Yesterday, I went to the Trump rally in Austin, TX. I went because I had heard from my liberal friends on numerous occasions how racist and hateful and <fill in the blank> Trump supporters are. The generalizations have been so scathing and hateful I have found it shocking. I take offense at all of these terms as they are offensive to me. I have watched all the debates and as much of the interviews I can. I try to weigh what I hear carefully and pay attention to each candidate. Since Trump was never looked at as an evil racist person prior to this race, and since I look at his effect on his children, I try to sift through all of the news stories and provide him the benefit of the doubt. I will admit, he sometimes does not make my task easy. I will even say, he says a lot of stupid things. I honestly believe this is an easy race for him to win if he would just stay on message and not say the stupid stuff, but I am sure there are plenty of folks already telling him that.
When I see him one on one in an interview, and when I hear how he behaves both on and off camera, I do not see a racist hater. If I did, I could not support him.
You as the media, and other channels have ganged up on Trump supporters. We are all supposed to be uneducated, mindless boobs who follow “our leader” (sic) without question. You drum up fear as the “mob” turns out for each of Trumps rallies, and if each of his rallies is anything like the one I saw last night, you are sure missing the boat. I question everything. I look at everything. I am glad I went last night so I could see for myself.
As of two hours before the event, I saw merely ONE protester outside. The people in line with me were of every color. They were thoughtful, kind, and both educated and hard-working people. I did not hear hateful or racist comments. I came to hear them. I stood in nearly 100 degree weather for over an hour to get in, the kind of weather and conditions to bring out the worst but all I saw were happy and excited regular folks out to support their candidate. It was not some racist, hateful group of mindless neo-Nazi folks or anything remotely similar.
What was news worthy was not protesters, they did not show up until later from what I heard. I never saw but one and when I left I did not see any, but I heard they were the reason I was stuck in the parking lot as they blocked the exit and were removed by the police.
The event was not full of ugly, racist, and hateful people, they were not part of the equation. Nope, did not hear it and did not see it. I have described the people I saw like those I would see at a church service or school event. Family people, people who are excited for change. Those are the Trump supporters. They are your friends and neighbors, the folks you work with, the people you see in all walks of life and that is the news about Trump fans.
The man next to me said something profound, “I guess I am not alone.” Wow. I thought he nailed it. I sometimes feel very alone on Facebook and in other social settings because if I share something about Trump, I am jumped on as something lower that dirt. It has been hard to speak up and it has been easier to say little to nothing. But, at the Trump event I could hold up a sign. I could cheer with the crowd and have fun and enjoy the moment without harassment. Without harassment! Who are the bullies here???
Gone is polite debate and friendly discussion. This current election cycle has gone way beyond “talking religion.” News channels like yours want to label me as a racist, hater mob mentality moron. I can assure you I am not. I am a college educated Christian woman, mother, grandmother, professional and I work in high tech.
The news last night was the massive, amazing crowd. I have never seen anything like it except for a superstar at a major concert. The energy was electrifying. The crowd was happy and supportive of Donald J. Trump. They overfilled the arena to the point I was getting a touch claustrophobic, but the excitement palpable.
Where were you? Where was the media posting pictures of all the folks there? I did my share. I posted on Facebook. I tweeted. I shared with my friends what I actually saw. Thank God for social media because we the people can at least resort to providing the truth as we see it. The media used to be our champion, however it no longer is. Even my local NPR station boasted they went to talk to the people and to “see the protesters” as if the protesters were the story. They were left mostly wanting.
Being a college educated female, I am sure you did not expect me to support Trump. I am not the person you can point to and say, “See how evil these folks are and why you cannot support Trump.” I and my 10,000 friends yesterday do not support your thesis so you do not report it. How sad.
The event was a peaceful meeting, attended by 10,000 peace loving fans. We the people will just have to report the news for you. #Trump #NewYorkTimes #TrumpinAustin