Let me introduce you to a few Donald Trump supporters, men and women whom I met randomly, in line at the First Baptist Church, in Sparks, Nevada, yesterday evening. I wasn’t looking for cranks or fanatics. I was simply asking people to talk to me about whom they were voting for in the caucus and why.
Meet Gene A., retired supervisor at a sugar factory. (Gene was quite comfortable advocating mass murder, but in true coward’s form he didn’t want his last name used, in case his words could be traced back to him.)
What did Gene think about Trump’s calls to “temporarily” bar Muslims from entering the country?
“They’d be happier in their own country where they can pray the way they want. They’re not here in America to do any good. They’re here to do evil.”
Would he expel all Muslims from America?
“Absolutely. You can’t tell the good from the bad, so you have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I’d give ’em a choice—a trench on one side or a ticket out of here.”
Are you talking about execution?
“Absolutely. That’s what they do to us in their countries. I’d give ’em a choice: Get out of here or else.”
At his words, a lady sitting nearby gave a thumb’s up, and murmured her agreement.
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Meet Gene and Margo Perkins. Gene is a retired carpenter.
Gene: “They ought to register all Muslims. The Muslims, or ISIS, or whatever you want to call them, they should be screened.”
Did Trump’s comments, last Friday, about executing terrorists by shooting them with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood bother him?
“Not really. What are they doing over there? No difference. He’s giving them mercy. Shooting them, not cutting their heads off, not killing women and children. You fight fire with fire. The Bible says if they don’t want to conform to what society is like, get rid of them. What did God tell Joshua? Get rid of every man, woman, child and beast. If the Lord says it’s okay, he has the final say-so.”
Margo: “I like what he stands for. I want to bring our country back. I want us to honor and respect our country. I want us to love our country and be proud of it. I want to bring God back into our country. He loves our country so much. He loves our country.”
What did she think of barring Muslims from America?
Before Margo can answer, Gene interrupts: “You’d be standing there cheering, just like I will.”
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Meet the 55-year-old, gray-bearded man, in a cap, jeans, and a long, untucked, blue-flannel shirt, who owns a moving company and was attending a caucus for the first time.
Did he approve of Trump’s comments on Muslims?