LANCASTER, Pa. — As more entities claim that support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is akin to walking on thin ice in one’s social circles, Trump’s supporters say they would prefer to keep politics out of it entirely.
The 2016 election cycle, coupled with Trump’s often controversial and polarizing statements, have prompted studies and open letters attempting to convey some type of Trump effect, in which support for the billionaire’s campaign severs loving bonds between individuals.
One study conducted by Plenty of Fish, suggested that only 33 percent of Americans were willing to date a Trump supporter, instead preferring an apolitical or liberal leaning other-half:
And the political divisions extend beyond finding a match. In August of 2015, before any American had even cast a vote in the name of Trump, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens wrote:
“If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling.”
James Kirchick wrote in April for Tablet Magazine, that Trump supporters and advocates are to be detested.
“I do not respect anyone who considers himself or herself a ‘fan’ of Donald Trump,” Kirchick wrote, because:
“The notion that we must be solicitous of Trump voters—that we have to treat their idiocy as a mature and well-considered expression of political preference—is the “soft bigotry of low expectations” defined, as it basically concedes that lower-income whites have good reason to endorse the absurd proposition that Donald Trump is in any way qualified to become leader of the Free World.”
But at a town hall event for Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the local campaign supporters insisted on keeping politics and private life as separate as they can — even with Clinton voters.
Local resident Ken Knapp told Independent Journal Review that his friends and family do not necessarily support a specific candidate, rather “they’re either anti-Clinton or anti-Trump.” But Knapp noted that discussions with disagreeing friends and family are never heated:
“We just don’t talk strongly, we just, you know, go over the facts about what was said or who said what.”
Politics are a big part of his life, Knapp said. But it is “not a large element of the relationships” he maintains.
Dan Fischbach said the only Clinton supporter in his life is his sister and that fighting about who one supports is off limits, “because she’s always had that political background and I’ve always had mine.”
Christian Emmanuel, also of Lancaster, said his close friend recently revealed their decision to back Clinton. But Emmanuel is not letting his friend’s support for Clinton create a rift between the two.
Rather, Emmanuel insisted that his friend is a nice guy, so he does not let politics divide them:
“It all depends on the person that you have as a friend and it’s based on how if they’re emotional on politics or not. So for him, we understood each other we’re still friends.”
“I will admit that I do want to bring [politics] up to him sometimes, but if we’re just having a good time and just talk about Marvel comics and sports,” he added.
For Emmanuel and likely many other Trump supporters, politics is secondary — and relatively meaningless in the grand scope of things.