In Johnstown, Pennsylvania, people are die-hard Trump supporters. Especially Pam Schilling. Schilling bought the campaign rhetoric being spouted by then-candidate Donald Trump and it all sounded great to her. Border wall, dumping the Affordable Care Act (ACA), bringing back coal and steel — it all sounded so good.
A year later, her support is unwavering, despite President Trump’s inability to bring about change. Schilling emphatically told Scott Goldsmith from Politico Magazine, “I’m a supporter of him, 100 percent.”
Like many in the area that were interviewed by Goldsmith, nothing will change Schilling’s mind:
I think he’s doing a great job, and I just wish the hell they’d leave him alone and let him do it. He shouldn’t have to take any shit from anybody.
With everything that Trump promised and failed to deliver to this area of PA, Goldsmith noticed what seemed to upset the residents most wasn’t even related to any of Trump’s promises. What bothers the people most in this rural community are the National Football League (NFL) players kneeling during the national anthem. Maggie Frear is a retired nurse and she weighed in on the NFL players:
As far as I’m concerned, if I was the boss of these teams, I would tell ’em, ‘You get your asses out there and you play, or you’re not here anymore.’ They’re paying their salaries, for God’s sake.
Joey Del Signore, a catering company owner, admits he isn’t up on policy much, but he had a very definite position on the NFL:
Shame on them. These clowns are out there, making millions of dollars a year, and they’re using some stupid excuse that they want equality—so I’ll kneel against the flag and the national anthem?
When asked if he was a fan of equality, Del Signore went on a controlled rant mentioning his own ancestors who he feels earned the right to equality. He thinks that blacks, specifically NFL players, just want equality handed to them:
Well, I hate to say what the majority of them are …
Del Signore stopped there, although the implication was clear. Schilling and her husband were not so restrained. They claim to have been Dallas Cowboy fans before they quit watching:
The thing that irritates me to no end is this NFL shit. I’m about ready to go over the top with this shit. We do not watch no NFL now. We banned ’em. We don’t watch it.
Nudging her husband, retired high school basketball coach, Dave McCabe, Schilling urged him to tell Goldsmith what he had said the NFL was. After a small laugh, he denied saying what she wanted him to repeat. She called him a liar, then said:
Ni**ers for life.
McCabe added “for life.”
So, after all is said and done, the NFL players that kneel to bring attention to racial injustice and police brutality are what bothers real Trump fans. They aren’t bothered that Trump thinks “very fine people” were carrying tiki torches in VA and running over people with cars for protesting against white supremacy and Nazism. They aren’t bothered that Trump has failed at virtually every single one of his campaign promises. They aren’t bothered that Trump spends more time golfing than actually doing anything. They aren’t bothered by his many international gaffs and the thought that he might deploy nuclear weapons against North Korea. They aren’t bothered by his insane tweets spouting policy decisions that are not legal according to our constitution. Nothing about Trump seems to bother them.
Seems like Schilling and McCabe, and other residents in rural Pennsylvania may have missed the whole point of the #TakeAKnee movement.