Dave Eggers went around the country doing what the Democrat Media Complex didn’t do very much of during the election —- talking to voters outside The Bubble —- and despite hearing what they were saying, is still at the end of a very overlong article, still baffled why the left was rejected by most of the country.
In Michigan, he met a middle-aged gay man who supported Donald Trump. (Most leftists are unaware of the existence of gay people outside the coasts.)
Steven McManus has come out of the closet twice. First as a gay man, then as a Trump supporter. We were sitting at a coffee shop in Detroit’s Eastern Market neighbourhood, and McManus was almost vibrating. This was two days after Trump’s election, and McManus was elated – about the victory, yes, but more personally, about the fact that after Trump’s election, he’d had the courage to post a message on social media declaring his support of the president-elect.
“I lived a lot of my life as a closeted guy,” McManus said, “and the liberation I felt as a man coming out was similar to how I felt coming out for Trump. You really truly think you’re the only one who has these feelings. It’s liberating. I felt it was time to come out again.”
“Trump was the only candidate talking about the trade imbalance,” McManus said. “Being a businessman, a successful businessman, he understood why business decision-makers, at the highest levels of their companies, move their production overseas.” McManus was angry when auto companies, after receiving bailouts from the US government in 2009, continued to move production to Mexico. “In Detroit, we gave America the middle class. But this is now a false economy. The housing market is decimated, and the middle class is shrinking. I want someone to shake it up. Let’s move the whole country forward.”
McManus is not blind to the rareness of an openly gay man supporting Trump. “But I don’t have to vote a certain way based on my sexuality. In my mind we’ve moved beyond having to vote Democrat just because you’re gay.” And he’s not worried about a reversal of the hard-fought right to marriage gays just achieved. “We’ve got our rights now,” he said. “It’s settled.”
At the end of the article, Eggers is still pretty much convinced the reason Trump lost is racism and Misogyny. His closing argument:
We are entering an era where uniquely vindictive men will have uniquely awesome power. Dark forces have already been unleashed and terrible plans are being made. On 3 December, the Ku Klux Klan are holding their largest public rally in years, to celebrate Trump’s victory, which they claim as their own.