As told to Veronica Wells
This campaign cycle has really shown a lot of people’s true colors. There are the lurking he-man-woman-haters who oppose Hillary for the simple fact that she has a vagina. The the shallow and ageist among us who believe Bernie Sanders shouldn’t be president, not because he’s unqualified, but because he’s not attractive or might have a heart attack in office. And the worst of them, the Donald Trump supporters. While it would seem that anyone with common sense couldn’t support a candidate who is lacking not only in diplomacy but basic human decency. Then again, you know what they say. Common sense ain’t all that common.
There’s nothing worse than regarding someone as intelligent, kind and charismatic only to have that original impression completely demolished.
I work for an internet startup company. And my boss was the intelligent, kind and charismatic one. He is honestly, hands down the best supervisor I’ve ever had. Not only did he know his job, he was invested in making sure his employees had the resources and proper environment to ensure that they could perform to the best of their ability. After I had been there for some years, he was the one who came to me and suggested that I go out for a new position with more money and more responsibilities.
Because he was so heavily involved, whenever he noticed that I was feeling down about something that had happened in my personal life, he went out of his way to provide solutions. Just an all around, cool, White dude.
I never noticed how conservative my boss was because we never really talked about politics. But all of that changed when President Obama was running for reelection. That’s when all the contempt came out. All of a sudden the water cooler conversation was dominated by the ways in which my boss found President Obama to be incompetent and deplorable. I shrugged it off. There was nothing wrong with being cool with a Republican.
But Lord knows, if Mitt Romney had won that election things might have been different. Thankfully, I never got a chance to witness that.
I thought things were bad in 2012, but 2016 has proven to be even more ridiculous. The Republicans seemed to have literally no one worthy of the presidency. (Maybe Jeb Bush…but you saw how that worked out.) The candidates were so bad, I thought even my boss would have to admit that he would have to switch teams and vote Democrat for the first time in his life.
I was mistaken.
A couple of weeks ago, he told us he was taking off work to visit some family members in South Carolina. But a few days later, I learned the real reason why he was down there. My boss, the man I had trusted and even confided in, sent me and several other employees, many of them non-White, pictures from a Donald Trump rally. Not a Trump rally he just so happened to pass on his way to some other, more morally befitting event, a Trump rally he was attending. And not in protest.
Cheesing and grinning in front of campaign posters, my boss sent a message along with the images saying, “You guys are looking at the name of your next president.” When someone asked him why he was supporting such an uncouth bigot, my beloved boss said that he’s tired of the same old political tricks and rhetoric. He was sure that Trump would ‘tell it like it is’ in order to change America. My boss said Donald Trump was the only one who could “make a difference.”
I didn’t respond to the text and instead removed myself from the fruitless conversation. A man who supported Trump is obviously a man beyond reason.
I’m so disappointed. So much so that in my free time, I find myself thinking back to any signs of delusion or intolerance that I may have missed. It had to have been there. After all, I don’t know how any White person could be for Trump and not be racist.