After finishing my stint on The Ed Morrissey Show today, I once again headed back outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in search of delegates to chat with or any protesters who might be milling about. Unfortunately it had been raining on and off and everyone was rushing to get inside for the final night of speeches. Then I saw two young men – I’m guessing late twenties – lighting up cigarettes by the wall a ways down from the entrance and I overheard one of them saying, I decided today. I don’t care anymore. I’m going with Trump.
The guy had some Bernie stickers and that definitely caught my attention, so I approached and introduced myself. I asked if he would mind if I asked a few quick questions. (No. No problem.) I also asked if I could use his name and/or get a picture. (Nope. Don’t need that kind of trouble.) After confirming that he was a Bernie supporter and alternate delegate, I got down to business.
Was he not giving any consideration to voting for Hillary? Nope. Never intended to vote for Hillary, wasn’t going to change now.
What was it he disliked about her so much? Nothing really. He only became interested in the election because of Sanders and didn’t care for the way he was treated in the primary.
Because I knew I wouldn’t have him for long I got down to the million dollar questions… what was it about Trump that appealed to him? Did they share some policies in common that made him a closer fit to Bernie than Hillary? The answer was no. Was this just an angry response to Bernie losing, leaving the possibility that he might change his mind later and go with Clinton? Again… no.
Playing devil’s advocate, I tried one more approach and asked him if he wasn’t worried about all the terrible things being reported about Trump and concerned about the future of the country under a possible Trump presidency. That’s where he really surprised me with a quote I jotted down as closely as I could as soon as he left.
“I’m not worried. We’ll get by like we always do no matter who wins. As for Donald Trump, I know this sounds bad but… I really just want to see what happens.”
I’m honestly not sure what else to read into that, but Trump has at least one supporter in the disaffected Feel The Bern army. Sounds to me like that young man just wants to roll the dice one time and see what the heck happens. I’d need to see a much larger data set, however, before beginning to wonder if this is a common phenomenon among Bernie’s supporters.