I assume this is satirical fiction but just in case it is not self-mockery of Leftist ideological hatred of anyone outside their PC circles, I would make the following observation:

“There were aspects about Ryan that really appealed to me. He was affectionate and his generous compliments seemed sincere. He seemed to have a healthy relationship with his family. Although it wasn’t obvious at first, I came to learn that our socioeconomic situations were very different. I have been fortunate to have had a successful career in a lucrative industry. Ryan has a college degree, but works for a screen-printing business making minimum wage doing manual labor.”

So you identify Ryan as a nice guy from a poor working class background, who has tried to better himself through education, yet is working for minimum wage in a manual labouring job. What you are describing used to be the core demographic for Democrat supporters: the working poor.

You on the other hand are a rich kid in a well-paid job who can afford to have leftist virtue signalling as a hobby while despising the working class. You, like the Democrat leadership, have abandoned the working class you once identified with, because you are rich, and they are a “basket of deplorables” like Ryan. Manual Labour? Yuk…

Who is the better person here? I’m going with Ryan on the evidence.

But he voted for Trump, and Trump is a Racist, Homophobic, Misogynist Nazi!

Actually Trump was a Democrat member and financial supporter of the Democrat party for most of his life, and he only ran for President because Democrat Governments kept making really bad deals for American workers. Climate Change, Free Trade deals, outsourcing and offshoring were all bad news for working class Americans like Ryan: that is probably why he, a University graduate, had to take a minimum wage job, and why he voted for the only man who said he would make things better for working people.

A year down the track, Trump has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, a lousy deal for America, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade deal which would have taken more American jobs, and has rolled back several anti-business laws and regulations, and given American Companies tax cuts.

The result has been a 25% rise in the American stock market in the year since his election, historically low unemployment rates and an American manufacturing rennaissance. American companies (Google most recently) are bringing their production back to America, paying bonuses to share the tax cuts, and investing in American business. The consumer and business optimism is the highest in 20 years, and the outlook is for wage growth after 20 years of flat incomes. The GDP growth is approaching 4%, which a year ago was ruled impossible by all economists.

“It’s the economy, Stupid!” Ryan will soon have a new, better paying job, and will soon have a far better girlfriend than you, too. In three years he will vote for continued economic growth and Trump will be elected in a landslide for his second term.

It seems to me that Ryan made a sensible decision to vote for Trump, and that Trump has proved himself worthy of Ryan’s trust. Rather than being revolted by the notion of nice guys from good working class families voting for Trump, maybe you should take Ron’s advice and get help with your fanaticism, which is sort of like cult programming.

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.

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