CROSSING THE DIVIDE: Democratic candidate meets Trump supporter...
Steve Gemmer, owns A small business in Ripley County. He has been running messages on his sign board that accuse Democrats of murder due to our support of a woman’s right to choose.
I knew the minute I saw the signs that I was going down to see him, so I called and requested a meeting. Surprisingly, he agreed. We met and talked for about 40 min.
I told him that no one I’ve ever met is actually “for” abortion. He said he feels strongly about the government limiting legal abortion and I said I couldn’t be further from that opinion. He said Biden, Harris and all Democrats were “murderers” and I told him I disagreed.
I told him that the key to preventing unwanted pregnancies is providing free and affordable birth control, and that education and access to healthcare and support for mothers reduces the rates of abortion.
I gave him a Lake for Congress campaign T-shirt and a Black Lives Matter T-shirt. He gave me one of his company T-shirts. He told me that BLM was like Antifa and I told him 93% of BLM events are peaceful.
He and I disagreed on a lot, but as weird as it is, we agreed on some other very important things about America - like our hopes that we can somehow come together peacefully and show the rest of the world we are civil, kind and compassionate.
Even though I told him I was deeply offended by his signs he refused to take them down.
Believe it or not, by the time I left, he said he is actually considering voting for me because I took the time to come talk to him.
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