It’s hard to get a handle on the Donald Trump constituency. Since his campaign started, its daily contortions have dominated our news and social feeds with an ever-tightening focus on the rage-fueled pageantry of his rallies. The individuals are lost in the mob.
But there’s one area where we can glimpse the raw vulnerability of the people who make up the Trump camp: Craigslist Missed Connections.
It turns out that Trump followers all over the country take advantage of the service, though some of the postings you’ll find are obvious jokes or romantic fictions: “Slightly Overweight Redhead at Domino’s That Gave Me a Footjob – m4w”; “Trump supporter who fell down stairs, dented car door with head – w4m”; “Compact woman with a subtle limp in Walmart Sunday night – m4w.” Then again, is anything really implausible in this waking fever dream of an election year?
Here are some highlights—all presented sic, some accompanied by reminders of the violence that broke out at the same events where romantic sparks flew. Should any of these touch off an IRL flame, they’ll offer a disturbing reply to some future child’s question, “Mom, how did you and Dad meet?” The answer, from beneath the cold shadow of an impossible wall, might well be this: “While we were making America great again.”
No guns allowed in the arcade – w4m (Sunrise Mall, Corpus Christi, Texas)
We talked about guns, knives and trump in your arcade. I wanted to ask you out on a date, but I was too shy. xo
I-66 E Rest Stop – m4m (northern Virginia)
You drove a red pick-up truck with a Trump sticker.
I wanted to give you a hand.
Blonde in Blue Dress and heels at Trump Rally – m4w (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
We were kind of walking beside each other, you had 2 girls with you, and you were in heels, Your heel actually got caught in a hole.
You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I hope you remember who I was, We parked across the road from the Charlie Rose expo center, and had to cross Mountain drive to get to our cars.
I can’t get you off my mind.
[At this event, a 78-year-old man in a cowboy hat named John McGraw punched a protester in the face. He later told an interviewer, “Next time we see him, we might have to kill him.”]
trump rally deanna – m4w (Louisville, Kentucky)
So we met at the trump rally. I believe your name was Deanna. Thought we had a connection. You were very nice to my son i held onto your signs thru the rally. Im sure this is a long shot but never know. I believe your from mooresville. should have got your number lucking myself. send me a pic ill know if its you.
[At this event, a young girl was violently shoved, reportedly by a known white supremacist.]
Trump Event – m4m (Fountain Hills, Arizona)
You sat behind me and I could not help but notice the huge buldge in your shorts. Not sure if you noticed me taking a few looks at it. Like to see it in private if your willing. You are tall, slim, tell me what you were wearing, age and who u were with, and tell me something about me.
[At this event, a protester in an American-flag shirt was severely beaten by the crowd while sprawled defenseless on the ground. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski also allegedly grabbed the collar of another protester. On March 29, Lewandowski was charged with battery for assaulting a reporter.]