I had a conversation this morning with a friend, who announced to me she’s going to vote for Donald J. Trump this fall for president of the United States.
She is likely among a majority of Texas Panhandle voters who’ll do so. That’s no surprise, given this region’s strong Republican ties and its apparent intense loathing of Democratic nominee-to-be Hillary Rodham Clinton.
OK, so the conversation progressed.
I took a deep breath, looked over my friend’s shoulder at the TV screen in the lobby — which always is turned to the Fox News Channel — and said without offering specifics, “But Trump is not fit for the office.”
“Neither is Hillary,” my friend said.
I could feel my eyebrows lift.
“What has she done” to make her unfit for the presidency? I asked.
“I don’t know,” my friend said. “All I know is that I cannot vote for her.” She said she intends to vote for someone for president, it just won’t be Hillary Clinton.
I mentioned Gary Johnson, the recently nominated former New Mexico governor who’s going to run for the second election in a row as a Libertarian candidate for president.
She was unaware of Johnson’s candidacy. I encouraged her to take a look. She said she would.
We then agreed that we won’t talk politics from this day on … until after the election in November.
We’re still friends. I hope she still considers me a friend.
I took a profound feeling of non-acceptance away from that brief conversation this morning. I don’t get the sense that there’s anything in Trump’s alleged “platform” that appeals to my friend. She’s just not going to vote for Clinton because, I presume, she doesn’t trust her.
As for Trump, he’s tapped into some unknown reservoir of something among voters.
I know that he’s reeled in at least one Texas voter who’ll cast her vote for him.
My sense, though, is that the my friend has revealed more about the general electorate’s mood going into this presidential campaign than perhaps she realized.
There’s a lot negative karma in the air.