Yesterday Donald J. Trump invaded Everett, a once-thriving mill town that’s now in transition, let’s say, though I have no idea to what. At any rate, its blue-collar heritage intact, Everett joined Lynden and Spokane as Trump venues in the state of Washington, the latter two cities well-known for their extreme conservatism. Is Everett not far behind, despite Democrats solidly entrenched in elected offices?
As my wife and I took the elevator down in our apartment complex, a woman joined us from a floor or two below. With a smile on her face she announced that she was a “Trumper” holding a ticket to last night’s event and hoping to make it into the arena. As my wife and I headed out for dinner, we wondered aloud what was behind the smiling eyes? Unfortunately, we concluded that she was a racist.* Harsh? But if Donald J. Trump stands for anything, it is racism.
Since Trump’s campaign announced that the candidate would be appearing at Xfinity Arena, about four blocks away from our downtown dwelling, I had wondered who among my neighbors would be attending the rally, or at least trying to get in. Actually, I do not want to know the answer. One confirmed is enough.
The Everett Herald talked with a few people waiting to get in. Here are some excerpts:
“This election cost me a 30-year friendship,” she said. “That’s how serious this election is. I have a 30-year friend who was a Bernie supporter. I’m a Trump supporter. We got into it so much that it ended our friendship.”
Brandon Knox, 18, of Auburn, showed up at 2 a.m. and was first in line.
“I like Trump because he’s pro-gun and he wants to enforce immigration,” he said.
Photographs taken both inside and outside the arena show white faces almost exclusively. These are the Trumpkins, the Trumpsters, the Trumpettes, the Tumpeteers.
Conspicuously absent from the event? Local and state Republican office holders. Hmmm.
* Here’s my dictionary’s definition: a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another