The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington spent last week following President Donald Trump around the U.S. as he rallied for various Republican candidates hoping to win in next week’s elections, and along the way, Pilkington struck up conversations with numerous Trump supporters.
One of the more intense backers of the president openly told the reporter that if it came down to it, he would shoot his own sister in the face to show his support for Trump — and he has already told her as much.
> Tonight in Wisconsin, the crowd are focused on only one thing – hearing their leader. It includes Steve Spaeth (no relation), 40, who runs a home exteriors company in West Bend. I ask him who he regards as his political enemies, and whether “hate” is too strong a word.
> “Not at all,” he says. “I have a deep and absolute disgust for these human beings.”
Spaeth listed off several individuals — many of whom were sent pipe bombs by Cesar Sayoc — including Jewish billionaire George Soros, Hillary Clinton,Rep. Maxine Waters, Sen. Corey Booker, “Pocahontas” (Trump’s infamous nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren), CNN and others.
And why does he hate them so much?
> “They want to turn America into a socialistic country. It’s disgusting.”
Asked how far he would take his hatred, Spaeth provided a disturbing answer:
> In reply, he tells a story. The other day he talked to his sister, who is liberal and votes Democratic. He said to her: “If there is a civil war in this country and you were on the wrong side, I would have no problem shooting you in the face.”
> You must be joking, I say.
> “No I am not. I love my sister, we get on great. But she has to know how passionate I am about our president.”