As we sat there and ate, we did what we loved to do the most- people watch! Man, there are ALL KINDS of people at the York Fair! And the funny thing about people watching is that the same people we are watching are probably watching us too!
Anyway, I saw a guy walk by with a huge Trump/Pence yard sign and my chest tightened. That is literally my reaction when I see Trump signs. I get the symptoms of a freaking heart attack! (I remember going to a birthday party a few weeks ago and as we pulled up to the house I thought I saw a Trump sign in the yard and my first thought was "I can't go in there!" Luckily it was only in the yard next to the house we were going to, so it was okay. But that just shows you my visceral reaction to seeing anything with that terrifying man's name on it.)
Several minutes later I saw someone else carrying a yard sign. Then a guy with two. One woman had three. THEY WERE EVERYWHERE. We walked by booths with confederate flags and shirts that said "Don't register your guns!" The hair on my body stood on edge and I just could not relax. It was like there was an elephant sitting on my chest.
I realized I was a huge outsider in a place like York, Pennsylvania. I try to understand Trump supporters. I wonder what it is about their life experience that compels them to support a man who is racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic? What compels someone to support a man that is incompetent and incites violence? How is it that many Americans are okay with his hateful rhetoric????
As you can tell, it is hard for me to wrap my mind around. That's why I felt like I was in the twilight zone.
Eventually, I found the Democratic Party of York County Booth. I donated $3 to get my I'm With Her pin. (I already ordered a yard sign and bumper sticker... waiting for it to get delivered.) I certainly felt a little bit better after I pinned it to my purse.
It really was surreal to see actual people in real life who support Trump. Sure, they're all over the news, but I only personally know one person who supports Trump. (I am sure there are others, there is just only one person who I am aware of.) To see so many people in real life, in one place... it was disconcerting to say the least.
I'm sure that's how some people feel when they see me with my Hillary pin.