I’ve been a Democrat for 20 years, but my experience made me realize just how out-of-touch my party is with the country at large
The original title was/is I've Been A Democrat For 20 Years Here's What I Experienced At Trump's Rally In New Hampshire. Not sure why she changed it or if it was swapped for better SEO or to grab eyes with a flashier title. In either case, the author is a long-time Democrat who went to a Trump rally:
Today, I voted in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary for Pete Buttigieg. I genuinely feel that Pete would be great for this country, and maybe he’ll have his opportunity in the future. But tomorrow, I’ll be changing my voter registration from Democrat to Independent and walking away from the party I’ve spent the past 20 years in to sit in the middle for a while. There are extremes in both parties that I am uncomfortable with, but I also fundamentally believe that most people on both sides are good, decent human beings who want the best for the country and have dramatic disagreements on how to get there. But until we start seeing each other as human beings, there will be no bridging the divide. I refuse to be a part of the divisiveness any longer. I refuse to hate people I don’t know simply because they choose to vote for someone else. If we’re going to heal the country, we have to start taking steps toward one another rather than away.
The author relays her decision to attend a Trump rally to see what the fuss is about after seeing some disturbing behaviors repeated over and over among her own social circles.
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 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 who 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 who wasn’t like them.
That turned out not to be the case. The more voices outside the left that 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 saw coming from my side of the aisle.
There's a full story at the link, obviously it would be crude to post the entire thing here.
It's interesting how she mentions the #walkaway movement early on, a movement that was slandered as "Russian bots" by the mainstream media. Worth a full read, and to be honest it's another endorsement of the things GAF has been pointing out for over a year.