Drag star Courtney Act recently left the gay summer seaside pleasantness of Provincetown to journey to somewhere much more sinister: a Donald Trump rally.
Act decided to make the trip when she realized that Trump would be holding an event only 4 hours away from P-Town, where she’s performing her The Girl From Oz show this summer.
Act was a little scared going into the rally, but it seems the scariest thing she found once there was a general disregard for facts–to put it lightly. Act wrote about her experience attending the rally for Junkee:
My whole goal of going to the rally was to understand people. I didn’t want to belittle or mock them. I really wanted to have conversations and listen in the hope that we could find some common ground. What I found really surprised me.
Not one of them made any sense — and I don’t just mean their views didn’t align with mine. It was their use of the English language didn’t make sense. None of them spoke in complete sentences or seemed to listen, comprehend or properly respond to what I was saying. There was a lot of buzz words and rambling rhetoric cut and pasted together….Nothing I heard was based on any facts whatsoever. Just jumbled up sound bites, spewed out with passion and conviction.
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Yet despite the fact-free zone she found herself in, and the dread she felt leading up to the rally, Act was surprised by the crowd:
I found them all to be likeable. I didn’t feel scared. These people weren’t filled with hate. There weren’t innately bad or wanting to cause harm. It made me feel inspired that we are not fighting an enemy that hates us; they’re just misinformed. They’re not thinking about the world beyond their own immediate needs. They haven’t researched, read several independent news sources and created informed opinions that happen to be diametrically opposed to those on the left. This isn’t about facts, it about fear. Yes, that may make them a bigger threat to the future of the free world, but my perspective was totally shifted.
Read the rest of Act’s reflection on entering Trumpistan here. And watch her video, below.