ATLANTA — Among the tens of thousands of people who took part in the National Rifle Association convention here, women were an obvious minority.
The thing that seemed to unite them was an overwhelming enthusiasm for President Trump.
“Look at what he’s putting his family through for us,” said Anne Jansen, an artist selling jewelry handcrafted out of bullet casings and shotgun shells.
“It’s for us. Right? He’s doing nothing but things for us. . . . To the resistance, it’s like, follow him. Take a chance. Follow him. He’s your leader. Are you an idiot?”
Jansen had never voted for president before supporting Trump in November. At 53, the self-proclaimed bohemian from Quincy, Ill., had only cast a ballot once before in her life, when she wrote in Mickey Mouse for president.
That was 10 or 15 years ago. Now, from her booth on the vast NRA exhibition floor, Jansen laments she can’t take a break to see Trump speak.
“I’ve always liked him,” she said. “Just knowing he’s here makes me feel good.”
Trump’s presence at the NRA convention Friday electrified the mostly male, mostly white crowd. But his choice to become the first sitting president to speak here since Ronald Reagan seemed to have special meaning for the women in attendance, from political junkies to gun enthusiasts to saleswomen.
They couldn’t be happier with Trump, these women said in nearly two-dozen interviews. Even if they felt uncomfortable at first with the president’s attitude toward women after a race in which he was accused of being a sexual predator — even if they didn’t support him in the GOP primary, they’ve spent the past 100 days developing a profound sense of loyalty to him.
Can I just say GROAN!!???
Thanks for defending flag and freedom? Like people who aren’t NRA members don’t defend the flag and freedom? Oy Vey!!!
“Just knowing he’s here makes me feel good.” This must not be the same Donald Trump I have seen on TV.
Please someone, tell me what he has done for these people? Just name me one thing,