The Rally That Changed My Mind

Psychologist and author Karlyn Borysenko wouldn’t be caught dead at a Trump rally. So what was she doing in a New Hampshire arena, surrounded by 11,000 cheering Trump supporters? And what did she take away from the experience? She explains what happened when perception met reality in this eye-opening video.

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I wouldn’t be caught dead at a Donald Trump rally.

I mean, come on—I’ve given money to Bernie! And yet, there I was—February 2020, listening to the President of the United States address a crowd of 11,000 supporters.

How in the world did ​that​ happen?

Well, it all started with… knitting.

I knit to relax—to escape the drama of real life. But like almost everything nowadays, even knitting has become political—to the point that only those with politically-correct views are welcome in the online knitting forums.

You think I’m kidding? I wish I were.

But I’m not. The online knitting mob is real. And like all mobs, it’s mean. That always made me uncomfortable—the insults and the name-calling. But I despised those knuckle-dragging Republicans as much as the next knitter. So, despite my discomfort, I never gave it much thought.

Truth is, I’m more interested in mastering a three-needle bind-off than discussing immigration policy. But the knitting mob wouldn’t drop it. It became a fixation—a daily litany of how horrible the president and his followers were.

It started to bug me. All I wanted to do was knit. But then I began to wonder: Could those Trump supporters, some of whom were literally my neighbors, really be as irredeemable as they said? I assumed the answer was yes, but I had to find out. And that is how I came to be at a rally for the president on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.

My friends urged me not to go. They feared for my safety. One offered me her pepper spray for protection. I declined, but I won’t pretend I wasn’t nervous. I had no idea what to expect.

I arrived four hours early. The line outside the arena was already a mile long. At first, I said nothing to those around me. I didn’t want to provoke a scene. But then, as people are wont to do when stuck in a long line, we started to chat—first pleasantries, and then to more serious topics.

And here’s what I discovered: These people were soooo nice! No one harassed me. No one intimidated me. No one threatened me. In fact, when I mentioned I was a Democrat, their response was invariably a smile and “welcome.”

These were decent, hardworking people from every walk of life: electricians, lawyers, schoolteachers, small business owners, veterans. I might question some of the policies they supported—they were only too happy to debate me—but I couldn’t question their good intentions or decency.

Inside, the atmosphere was electric—more like a rock concert than a political event. People were dancing and having a fantastic time. They were actually enjoying themselves.

As it happens, two days earlier, I had been in this same arena for a Democratic Party rally. The contrast was stark. Whereas the event for the president was full of optimism and enthusiasm, the Democrats’ event was all doom and gloom: the country was wracked with racism, sexism, and xenophobia. At the Trump event, the participants were bursting with national pride.

Of course, the president touted his achievements—especially the economy, and attacked his opponents. But I was surprised how funny he was. And his energy never flagged. He seemed to be enjoying the event every bit as much as his audience.

Here’s something else that surprised me: While the crowd had obvious affection for the country’s chief executive, there was nothing slavish or mindless about it. These people were not stupid, not brainwashed, and, as far as I could tell, not racist, sexist, or phobic-anything.

So, did going to a Trump rally change me? Well, my values are the same, but my perspective is different. I’ll even say the experience made me a better person.

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  1. I love this. Can we all learn a lesson from her and try to see the other sides point of view, and try to be the bigger person when they go low ?

  2. She's a college educated psychologist and can't figure things out on her own?

    It just goes to show that a college education doesn't add up to much.

    Shes got balls for going amidst those knuckle dragging deplorable Republicans. ?

  3. Shes wrong! They are evil. Look at the cities that are being damaged and peoples businesses destroyed in an attempt to manipulate people to think that President Trump is causing it.

    Democrats are pure evil!

  4. Let’s not forget the difference in how attractive the people are. I’ve been to many democratic events, and holy cow were most of those people genetically ugly. Total opposite for trump events. Don’t know why but it’s real.

  5. my experience with trump can be summed up like this

    me:well, his policies are pretty good but he can structure a statement which paints a poor image of his intellectual capacity

    Biden: exists

    me: I retract my prior statement

  6. I love how a large portion of conservatives are really so deluded that they think they're being oppressed for their beliefs. You have your circles where you are welcome, liberals have theirs, etc. When you step outside of it, you're going to get flack. It doesn't just go one way.

  7. I'm really happy that she had her notions, and maybe still has them, but she was willing to go into a situation with an open mind.

    The biggest myth is that these people worship Trump as a god-emperor. Sure, I bet there are some. Probably just as few as antifa members and other extremists.

    If Trump went nuts, I firmly believe that 98% of his voters would turn on him. He knows that, we know that, the only people saying otherwise are the leftists trying their darndest to prevent him.

    What made me certain I'm voting Trump, is i have to wonder why all these career politicians, who have done nothing but get obscenely rich, are frothing at the mouths to make sure he doesnt win….

    This is why i say frequently that at WORST Trump is the enemy of my enemy…

    I'm not sure if Biden winning would be the death of America, but i sure as hell don't want to give them 4 years to find out. I dont love that she's a Democrat but I'd vote for Tulsi after Trump

  8. Great video! I think you touch on a key point: love of the country vs. hate of…anything! Thank you for sharing and daring to see the "other side" for yourself 😀

  9. I watched a lot of political videos and I have to say that prager u is the only place where opinions are accepted and multiple perspectives are included

  10. Thank you, Karlyn for sharing your experience! How wonderful! Welcome to the Light Side! … looks secretly side to side … We're the ones that ACTUALLY have cookies! Shhh!