You Just Never Know
By Babette Holder
Last night after my speaking event, I stopped by a local convenience store as I was too tired to drive further away from my home to go to the grocery store. The mini-me’s were texting we were out of sugar, bread and could I bring them some ice cream…ice cream is a food group in our house but I digress. While wandering the store in a “I’m too tired for this” fog (only 3.5 hrs of sleep the night before), I’m chatting with one of the delivery truck drivers. He told me that if I could wait about 5 more minutes another truck was arriving with a fresher supply of baked goods. He didn’t have the correct load so he was waiting himself on this driver to get a pallet for his truck. So I said OK, at this point it’s whatever, I’m tired either way.
So we’re all chatting, him, me and the overnight cashier I’ve known for years. This delivery man is Black, we’ve exchanged polite hello’s for a long time now if I run into him at this local business. The cashier has worked at this store from the time my girls were little and he’s spoiled them rotten with free frozen drinks or some other treat. Nice man, his son is now grown, college graduate, IT specialist now and married, so I’ve known his family as well. He’s Hindu and very kind and gracious.
The cashier as he’s ringing up my purchases (the other delivery has arrived), says to me and the delivery driver I was originally speaking with, “How about this new President? He’s a bit cracked in the head no?” Before I could answer the delivery man states, “Naw naw, he’s not cracked, he’s just not a polished politician, he’s a business man, he’s run boards and enterprises, he just does and says things in that manner.”.
Me: (crickets) my mouth is catching fruit flies if they had any in the store. I’m actually stunned he’s defending Trump.
I’ve had a few conversations as I’ve said in the past with this man, but we’ve done the polite skirt around stating anything solidly political but have made a few comments each on some issue in the news, so I thought, I had a good idea of which side of the political aisle he aligned with and I wasn’t wrong but there is a reason he jumped sides this time.
So I finally joined in and said he’s right on that, but also that’s just Trump. I’m sure many will be shocked often, but anyhow…
The driver goes on to say, “There’s no way I could vote for Hillary, so I said, “was it because of the super predator remarks in her past or something else? I’m being semi-snarky and, so he says to me, “no she was running around talking about how she admires this really racist person, super racist.”
So I said, Who? My brain is foggy, I’m exhausted at this point.
Driver, “Uh…I can’t think of the name, but Clinton said she wanted to be just like this person and admired them.”
DING DING DING!
I said, “Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood right? When she accepted the Sanger Award.” He stated, “YES!”. I said, “The woman that called blacks, human weeds, wanted to exterminate them and the feeble as well as had the Negro Project.” He said, “YES! That nailed her coffin for me!”
So long story short, he voted for Trump, because he believes Trump will make America Great Again. After the long disappointing eight years of Obama, his biggest regret was the “four more years” he helped Obama have with his vote in 2012. He straight ticketed R this election, felt that he would be wasting his vote if he went with Stein. He was more of a Dr. Carson fan, but no way in hell he said was he voting Clinton. These conversations never cease to amaze me because of the who factor!