What I Learned Hanging with the Vegas 'Deplorables'
I went over to Las Vegas Trump headquarters near McCarran Airport this morning to hang with the "deplorables" (Trump volunteers) and see what they were thinking on the eve of the Great Debate.
It was a relatively—though far from completely—geriatric crowd because this is Vegas, where Southern Californians go to die with their faces in the slot machines (okay, not always). But for a group of oldsters, they were remarkably upbeat and optimistic. And for supposedly low-info "deplorables," remarkably well informed.
To begin with, I have some bad news for Fox News. They're on to your game. On two occasions the people there were relieved I didn't work for Fox. They think Fox is finito commedia as far as conservatism is concerned and Megyn Kelly, in particular, is the object of considerable disdain, which I gather has been reflected in her ratings of late.
Although not a hugely diverse groups, several blacks, Latinos and Asians were present. None of them thought Trump was a racist (I asked). In fact, they thought the idea was ridiculous.
More interesting was a thirty-two year old man named Steve Azhar, pictured here. It was easy to see that Steve was disabled as he limped around the room, doing his volunteer work. I hesitated to speak to him, but eventually walked over and engaged him in conversation, going straight to the question that would be on almost anyone's mind in that situation:
How in the world was he for Donald Trump, a man who had notoriously imitated that disabled New York Times reporter early in the campaign? Azhar, who was palsied from birth, had clearly been asked this question before. He simply said it didn't bother him. He didn't believe that was the way Trump actually felt about the disabled. He then went on to list his reasons for supporting the businessman, which revolved around jobs and foreign policy.