Results for - What happens when a 20 year Democrat attends a Trump rally (Part 4 - Final)
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If you haven't already, please take a moment to review the first 3 surveys in this series by searching for them. They are all titled the same, "What happens when a 20 year Democrat attends a Trump rally". Once you've read over the questions of each, that should bring you up to speed to where this survey picks up...
1. Have you taken (or at least reviewed) the first 3 surveys on Karlyn Borysenko and how she got to this point - actually attending the Trump rally? (And here is the source of the article (feel free to read it yourself, as I was unable to include all the details): https://gen.medium.com/ive-been-a-democrat-for-20-years-here-s-what-i-experienced-at-trump-s-rally-in-new-hampshire-c69ddaaf6d07)
2. Ms. Borysenko explains further, "Once we got inside [the Trump rally], the atmosphere was jubilant. It was more like attending a rock concert than a political rally. People were genuinely enjoying themselves. Some were even dancing to music being played over the loudspeakers. It was so different than any other political event I had ever attended. Even the energy around Barack Obama in 2008 didn't feel like this." Have you personally ever attended a political event - for either Democrats or Republicans?
3. "I had attended an event with all the Democratic contenders just two days prior in exactly the same arena, and the contrast was stark. First, Trump completely filled the arena all the way up to the top. Even with every major Democratic candidate in attendance the other night, and the campaigns giving away free tickets, the Democrats did not do that. With Trump, every single person was unified around a singular goal. With the Democrats, the audience booed over candidates they didn't like and got into literal shouting matches with each other. With Trump, there was a genuinely optimistic view of the future. With the Democrats, it was doom and gloom. With Trump, there was a genuine feeling of pride of being an American. With the Democrats, they emphasized that the country was a racist place from top to bottom." Are you surprised to hear that the stadium where Trump held his rally was packed to the gills or that the same location - with all of the Democratic contenders (even after giving away free tickets) - weren't able to fill the location?
4. "Now, Trump is always going to present the best case he can. And yes, he lies. This is provable. But the strength of this rally wasn't about the facts and figures. It was a group of people who felt like they had someone in their corner, who would fight for them. Some people say, "Well, obviously they're having a great time. They're in a cult." I don't think that's true. The reality is that many people I spoke to do disagree with Trump on things. They don't always like his attitude. They wish he wouldn't tweet so much. People who are in cults don't question their leaders. The people I spoke with did, but the pros in their eyes far outweighed the cons. They don't love him because they think he's perfect. They love him despite his flaws, because they believe he has their back." If you are a Trump supporter (overall), are there things that he does (or has done) that you don't agree with?
5. "As I left the rally—walking past thousands of people who were watching it on a giant monitor outside the arena because they couldn't get in—I knew there was no way Trump would lose in November. Absolutely no way. I truly believe that it doesn't matter who the Democrats nominate: Trump is going to trounce them. If you don't believe me, attend one of his rallies and see for yourself. Don't worry, they really won't hurt you." Does it surprise you to hear a 20-year Democrat say that she sincerely believes that Trump is going to win the election in November - despite whomever the Democrats nominate?
6. And Ms. Borysenko continues (after sharing who she voted for in the Democratic primary - (which you'll have to read the article to find out), "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." Are you surprised to learn that a faithful Democrat for 20 years is walking away from the party because she is tired of the vehemence and hatred she has witnessed so many times from her fellow Democrats?
7. And Ms. Borysenko concludes, "I think the Democrats have an ass-kicking coming to them in November, and I think most of them will be utterly shocked when it happens, because they're existing in an echo chamber that is not reflective of the broader reality. I hope it's a wake-up call that causes them to take a long look in the mirror and really ask themselves how they got here. Maybe then they'll start listening. I tend to doubt it, but I can hope." Do you, personally, hope that she is correct in her statement that Trump will win the election in November?