In a politically polarized environment where Trump and his supporters are frequently likened to literal Nazis, Trump voters in California have it especially difficult.
California Trump supporters report personal harassment and say their cars have been vandalized for sporting Trump bumper stickers.
In cities such as Oakland, members of the radical left-wing group Antifa actively “doxx” (out) Trump supporters to the public. Doxxing is a method of harassing people that usually includes sharing personal, identifying information to the public.
“There are signs all over Oakland that show Trump supporters that Antifa has doxxed with their names and picture and a sign saying they are dangerous etc.,” writes one Reddit user.
San Diego may be the most Trump-friendly major city in California due to the high military presence. Los Angeles tends to be more politically apathetic due to the dominance of the entertainment industry. The San Francisco Bay Area, and in particular, the East Bay, is considered to be the most dangerous area for Trump supporters. Oakland and Berkeley are apparently among the worst places to live for Trump voters.
Robin of Berkeley is an anonymous blogger and former leftist who covers life in Berkeley. She describes a bleak place filled with trash, dysfunction, and stressed, angry people.
“Hostility among people had escalated the last 9 years or so. But it’s out-of-control since Trump was elected,” she writes. “The masses are angry – of what happened, of what they think might happen, of every little thing that you can imagine. They expected Hillary – so the outrage is constant and palpable.”
Trump supporters in the Bay Area have to consider very carefully whether they are willing to risk their personal safety to wear their “Make America Great Again” hats or t-shirts. Attackers will target people where they live. Recently, protesters harassed an Oakland CEO at her home to pressure her to not bid on Trump’s border wall.
“My Trump sticker was torn off my Jeep here in the Bay Area. Some oily substance was left on my windshield. I’ve been physically attacked and verbally threatened with violence for wearing my Trump hat,” says one Trump voter.
Cars, in particular, are easy targets for angry Hillary voters. Here is one story:
“My friend put a Trump – Pence sticker on his F30.
A few hours later:
- Slashed tires
- Left and right sides of car keyed
- Multiple heavy dents
- All windows shattered/smashed
- Plastic covering lights smashed
- Rear bumper removed”
While some Trump supporters choose to “stay in the closet” to keep their jobs, others decide they need to hide their affiliation to protect friends and family. More and more, however, Trump voters are choosing to wear their MAGA hats out in public to change the environment.
“It’s so important in places like CA to stand up to the left’s bullying and intimidation. But do so as an adult and with respect,” writes Reddit user Teddy_Schmoozevelt. “If you be the adult, more people will see Trump supporters aren’t what the MSM makes them out to be and see how crazy leftists have become.”