Last week’s article “A Dialogue With a 22-Year-Old Donald Trump Supporter” inspired a lot of reader emails, including a few from voters who cast ballots for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary but plan to vote for Trump in November. Here is one of those emails:
I am in my late 30s, married, and have young kids. I’m “white” (mostly 19th-century German immigration). I am from the Midwest, middle-class background (but not upper-middle-class), and I went to college but dropped out. I spent the next decade working odd jobs, factory and retail, and being a left-wing activist. After that I was heavily involved in the “global justice” protests and the anti-war protests, as well as labor and immigrant rights activism. I was a member of a number of radical groups and identified as a socialist for many years.
Eventually I moved out to California, got a degree in Computer Science, and started working at area software startups. Currently I am a lead developer with a six-figure salary but a lot of school-related debt too. Living in the Bay Area finally got so terrible that last year––insane cost of living, commutes, impossible to raise a family. I told my company I was moving back out to the Midwest and they didn’t try to stop me.
I suppose I am a natural Bernie voter, and indeed I voted Bernie in the
primary. In the past I have tended to vote Green and stay away from
the major parties. I may do that again this election if it’s an
option, but I admit that voting Trump seems tempting—terrible as he is—and I don’t think that I can vote for Clinton.
Many in my family and my wife’s family who normally vote Democratic say they are going to be voting Trump this time around, as well as the people in my family I know who aren’t are hardcore evangelicals who usually vote Republican.