Why this Maine voter says he’s a part of the ‘silent majority’ supporting Trump in 2020
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You would never know Chris P * just listening to his radio show.
He hosted a prominent morning radio in northern Maine for nearly eight years. The morning show host, from Houltown, a town on the border between the United States and Canada, describes his community with deep love and familiarity.
“I spend 6:00 am to 10:00 am entertaining people, talking about a lot of things, and playing some really great classic hits. Love my job, love what I do, love the area I live in, ”he says. "I've made a decision to live my life in northern Maine and get through the hellish winters we have. But it's also as close to heaven as summer and fall can be."
He says his network largely started avoiding political news after the 2016 elections due to increasing polarization across the country.
"They will alienate half of your audience - or all of your audience - depending on the point of view you want to express," he says, adding later, "Breaking off culture is real."
Just because he doesn't focus on politics during his radio show doesn't mean Chris P isn't up to the latest in Washington. The native Maineer says he keeps up with current affairs by filtering through the news each day to find credible sources of information.
Although he is silent about his political views, he says he is not alone. He is part of the "silent majority" as this voter describes it: a term first used by Richard Nixon on his platform in 1969 in the mainstream political world and now adopted by President Donald Trump. The theory is that there is a majority of American voters who support the Trump presidency but remain silent about their views and fear possible social repercussions.
His radio broadcast invites every single politician running in the district to an in-depth interview that has no other agenda than informing the public about the candidate's platform, political goals and key issues. That kind of impartiality is something Chris P believes is important these days at a time of increasing polarization in both society and the media.
"It's not a gotcha interview," he says. "It's more," tell us all about yourself and let people make their own decisions. "We're going to ask the tough questions, but we're not going to lead that I'm a Republican and a Democrat or you're a Democrat and I'm a Republican."
Described as a "story of two states" by non-partisan polling stations 270ToWin, Maine was unique in the 2016 election in that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton received votes.
Rather than give the candidate who receives the referendum all of their electoral college votes, as the previous Democratic candidate did, Maine gives two of its four electoral votes to the winners of its two congressional districts.
With a double-digit win for Maine's rural 2nd district, Trump got one of the state's electoral votes while Clinton won three.
Chris P says he voted for Trump in 2016: "There are a million different reasons to justify this, but I voted for him. Sometimes you have to vote for the lesser of two evils. What surprised me - I honestly like it , what he did. "
He says he was "suspicious" of Trump at first: "He was a Democrat and got the Republican ticket, and I really thought he would be more of a Democrat."
But at some point he came to the President and - perhaps most importantly - was satisfied with the conservative agenda he was adopting at home and abroad.
"I know he's a very bombastic person and he's narcissistic and there are things about him that I definitely don't like, but his politics came as a pleasant surprise to me," says Chris P with a laugh.
Some of the Maine voter's primary concerns are foreign policy and his belief that American forces should not be involved in as many foreign wars as they do today. In particular, he supported the president's efforts to "remove troops from foreign soil and continue to remove people from countries like Iraq and Afghanistan".
And while he believes climate change is real, he supports the president's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement and questions whether human activities are having an impact on global warming.
"It was right for me to get out of the Paris Agreement because we were bearing the brunt of all the changes that should have happened around the world," he says. "I have to agree with him on that, and I think that has helped us domestically, as we are not spending big dollars in this agreement to do some of the things that they have outlined when they have not asked other countries to do that." same.
"I don't think there is anyone on the planet who can't say, 'There is no global warming," he continues. "There is climate change. It happens. Whether we contribute to it as a species or not, and what our effects are Acting, I'm not really sold in this part of science yet. "
Trump has often denied that global warming was real, claiming that climate change was a China-made "hoax" or, at other times, it was committed by the Democratic Party.
Chris P admits he's upset about some of his activities and notes how his "narcissistic personality" shows in his response to Covid-19 and his own diagnosis of passing greetings in a car outside Walter Reed The medical center kept his supporters camped after being flown to the hospital last week.
But this voter, who sees himself as an open-minded voter and says he will vote for Republicans or Democrats, says the Democratic Party moved too far to the left during the 2020 primary. Now he fears that the party's candidate could easily be influenced by its progressive wing.
"You can say what you want while trying to win middle back, but really, your real colors showed during the primaries," he says.
Chris P says he now sees himself as part of this "silent majority".
"We are silent about our attitudes," he says, "but we will make up the majority of the vote."
* The Independent has verified the identity of this voter, who has asked for partial anonymity to openly discuss his political views. We are holding back his last name.
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