“You’re the 1st Trump Supporter I’ve Met”

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"You're the 1st Trump Supporter I've Met"

That was one of the clos­ing sen­tences said to me near the con­clu­sion of a long con­ver­sa­tion with a per­son who I’ve known tan­gen­tially at work for a while.

We’ve spo­ken in the past, both of us hav­ing tech back­grounds (although I’m not doing tech now) and always got­ten along well and because of a tem­po­rary trans­fer of depart­ments we came in con­tact and had time for a long con­ver­sa­tion about my back­ground, why I’m no longer doing tech, about my report­ing and why I’m not doing it full time or as much as before (can’t live on DaTip­Jar although if you want to help change that feel free to help).

The big thing was tak­ing an engineer’s back­ground of going where the data and your obser­va­tions take you when cov­er­ing a story rather than just run­ning with the pack and my obser­va­tions of how cre­den­tialed press actu­ally act and thing of the peo­ple they are report­ing on and to sim­ply by sit­ting there and listening.

He seemed fas­ci­nated by the nar­ra­tive and when he asked why I was doing what I do now, I pointed to my age, back­ground in obso­lete pro­gram­ming lan­guages and the fact that Can­di­date (now Pres­i­dent) Trump had kindly com­ple­mented my work and said he liked me doesn’t win on a lot of friends in Mass­a­chu­setts, it’s at that point that I told him about the two occa­sions of my ques­tion­ing of the future pres­i­dent on the cam­paign trail and why both times the ques­tions that he found favor­able were not about giv­ing him soft­balls, but about rec­og­niz­ing what the actual story of the day was (In Derry NH the num­ber of non activists show­ing up and the lines, in Worces­ter the lack of pro­test­ers in the 2nd biggest city in New Eng­land that has 10 col­leges) cov­er­ing that story and try­ing to frame a ques­tion to draw cov­er­age to the story.

It was shortly after this that he com­mented that I was the 1st Trump sup­porter he ever met and his image of the Pres­i­dent and his sup­port­ers had been formed by the media. I noted the dif­fer­ence between 1st hand data and obser­va­tion makes.

Now given that Don­ald Trump won over 1,000,000 votes in Mass­a­chu­setts (32%) and that based on the excel­lent NYT map of the vote by precinct and county there were hun­dreds of Trump votes in this per­cent and hun­dreds of thou­sands in the county I sus­pect my co-​worker has met many more Trump vot­ers (not to men­tion vot­ers who will be vot­ing for POTUS who didn’t the last time) than he real­izes but those Trump sup­port­ers in Mass­a­chu­setts sim­ply haven’t made them­selves known.

I can’t imag­ine why?



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That was one of the closing sentences said to me near the conclusion of a long conversation with a person who I’ve known tangentially at work for a while.

We’ve spoken in the past, both of us having tech backgrounds (although I’m not doing tech now) and always gotten along well and because of a temporary transfer of departments we came in contact and had time for a long conversation about my background, why I’m no longer doing tech, about my reporting and why I’m not doing it full time or as much as before (can’t live on DaTipJar although if you want to help change that feel free to help).

The big thing was taking an engineer’s background of going where the data and your observations take you when covering a story rather than just running with the pack and my observations of how credentialed press actually act and thing of the people they are reporting on and to simply by sitting there and listening.

He seemed fascinated by the narrative and when he asked why I was doing what I do now, I pointed to my age, background in obsolete programming languages and the fact that Candidate (now President) Trump had kindly complemented my work and said he liked me doesn’t win on a lot of friends in Massachusetts, it’s at that point that I told him about the two occasions of my questioning of the future president on the campaign trail and why both times the questions that he found favorable were not about giving him softballs, but about recognizing what the actual story of the day was (In Derry NH the number of non activists showing up and the lines, in Worcester the lack of protesters in the 2nd biggest city in New England that has 10 colleges) covering that story and trying to frame a question to draw coverage to the story.

It was shortly after this that he commented that I was the 1st Trump supporter he ever met and his image of the President and his supporters had been formed by the media. I noted the difference between 1st hand data and observation makes.

Now given that Donald Trump won over 1,000,000 votes in Massachusetts (32%) and that based on the excellent NYT map of the vote by precinct and county there were hundreds of Trump votes in this percent and hundreds of thousands in the county I suspect my co-worker has met many more Trump voters (not to mention voters who will be voting for POTUS who didn’t the last time) than he realizes but those Trump supporters in Massachusetts simply haven’t made themselves known.

I can’t imagine why?


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