by Travis Mateer
I just returned to my art studio from the Trump rally happening right now outside the courthouse in downtown Missoula. I’m putting out this post ASAP to report on a miraculous thing I witnessed.
A man from the Trump side of the street came over to speak with a man with a rainbow flag and his friend. I was standing there, watching and listening and chomping at the bit to add my two cents (which I did, eventually).
Was there yelling? No, there wasn’t any yelling, but there WAS a conversation, and that conversation identified potential common ground: local corruption.
I came away with two contact numbers of two people who live in Missoula and who understand that local corruption is a good place to start when it comes to angry people wanting to do something to effect real change in their community.
It’s not supposed to go down like this. Trump people are not supposed to speak civilly with rainbow flag people to find any shred of shared humanity.
This is the kind of thing agent provocateurs are brought in to prevent. I hope this show of support for Trump in Missoula doesn’t get the Autozone treatment.