Take a moment. Let that conjure an image. Who do you see?
If you’re progressive, rather well off, someone for whom the only choice this election cycle is between Bernie Sanders or Hilary Clinton, you may be seeing a few things. The white guy in a pony tail who assaulted a black protester at a Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina in March, before later declaring “if we see him again, we might have to kill him.” Or the other white man three days later at a rally in Cleveland who, bedecked in a backward-facing cap partly covering his mullet, told protesters to “go to Auschwitz.” Or maybe all those images are an amalgamation in your mind, much like the YouTube video “Crazy stupid racist trump supporters compilation,” a sample of its genre with a particularly revealing name and over a half-million views, that strings together encounters with Trump supporters throughout the nation.
© 2014 Bryce T Bauer