Supporters at Trump's Bangor rally on Saturday.
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BANGOR, MAINE — Sitting alone at the back of the Cross Insurance coverage Heart area, Rachel Harvey regarded round rapidly, ensuring not one of the a number of thousand Trump supporters have been watching.
A smile on her face, she lifted up her black sweater, revealing the t-shirt she’d worn for the rally. Throughout her chest was a black model of the acquainted coiled snake of the Don’t Tread On Me flag. However as an alternative of these phrases, beneath it stated, merely, Don’t Seize My Pussy.
“I made it myself,” she stated proudly, pulling her sweater again over it. She wasn’t right here to make a public present of her opposition to Trump, thoughts you. It was a silent protest, she stated, explaining that she’d pushed three hours from New Brunswick, Canada, together with her husband, Jeremy Currie.
Although his spouse was born in the USA, Currie is a Canadian. However he loves Donald Trump with a ardour. “It’s the nationalism. Backside line,” he informed BuzzFeed Information.
“After we obtained collectively, if I’d have identified there was going to must be a Trump take a look at, issues may need gone in a different way,” Harvey joked.
Though she didn’t wish to make the three-hour drive, Harvey finally determined to assist her husband, who stated he “would have pushed 10 hours for this.”
However earlier than she agreed to go, Harvey made him promise “to not put up something on Fb. I’ve solely informed a number of individuals we have been coming,” she stated.
“None of my mates would perceive,” Harvey stated.
Certainly, whereas Canada has a conservative political celebration, there isn’t something actually approximating Trump, and this yr’s election has been a topic of alarmed bemusement for a lot of Canadians.
The gang in Bangor.
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Though Harvey isn’t a partisan particular person, she very a lot agrees together with her Canadian mates and neighbors. “It’s laborious for me to consider there are our decisions,” she stated. “I really feel like each time I watch the debates, it's like watching two toddlers combat.”
However, she stated she’s going to vote for Clinton due to her eight yr previous daughter. “I would like her to develop as much as be a powerful girl … and never should take care of all of these items,” she stated, referring to the many sexual assault accusations in opposition to Trump.
After the rally, Currie shopped for memento t-shirts outdoors the sector. “The adrenaline dump later goes to be implausible!” he stated. “Even when he doesn’t win, I feel it’s going to be the tip of the Republican Occasion and the beginning of a nationalist motion.”
Requested about why nationalism appeals to him, Currie defined “This isn’t a neo-Nazi, white nationalist form of factor. It’s ‘care for the individuals right here’ … there’s no purpose for cash to be going abroad. There’s poor children right here,” he stated.
As for Trump’s therapy of girls, Currie argued the “locker room discuss” is a promoting level. “I adore it. It’s refreshing, even when it’s off-putting to some individuals.”
Currie’s assist for Trump causes pressure typically, they each admitted. “He’s obsessive about Trump. It’s a bit of robust,” Harvey stated.
Currie stated a part of the strain comes from the truth that a lot of his countrymen look aghast at him when he wears his Trump shirts round city.
“Canada is a extra liberal, progressive place” he stated, explaining that “individuals, households, cease and level at me.”
Whereas it could make his spouse uncomfortable, Currie revels in controversy. “I get pleasure from it. I adore it. Fuck ‘em,” he stated, a large grin spreading throughout his face.