Later I met up with Catherine Bolder, a self-described liberal and former Obama voter who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. When we met last August, Bolder described Trump as the lesser of two evils compared to Hillary Clinton.
This time, she had fulsome praise for Trump. “Honestly, I’m beginning to think he’s a genius,” she said. “The way he trolls Democrats and gets under their skin and makes them say stupid shit.”
Bolder has decided to vote for Trump in 2020, and she’s confident he’ll win Michigan again. “He’s making people money,” she said. “Why change if it’s not broke?”
As Bolder and I were speaking, she turned to a middle-age couple sitting beside us at the bar and asked, “Hey, folks, if the election were held tomorrow, who would you vote for?”
The man, an off-duty police officer whose name I didn’t catch, seemed ambivalent at first, but eventually he said, “It’ll probably be Trump. The more I hear negative about him, the more I like him. Because I know if you’re pissing them off, you must be doing something right.”