Meet Michigan's divided: John Hulett

John Hulett

John Hulett (Photo by Brian Widdis)

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Name: John Hulett
Age: 72
Place: Sunfield, 25 miles west of Lansing
Job: Retired salesman and motivational speaker
Income: Fixed income
Vote: Trump
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SUNFIELD — John Hulett’s father was a Kentucky coal miner and preacher who sent his son away to a Christian boarding school at age 14. In November 1960, that school herded students together for an all-night prayer session, asking God to intervene against a Catholic running for president. “People were scared if Jack Kennedy won, the pope would be running the country,” recalls Hulett, now 72. “They thought the world was coming to the end. But look at the president he turned out to be!”

Today, Hulett lives in a tidy farm house in rural Eaton County, on property owned by his wife’s family for over 100 years. On the coffee table is a Bible and a copy of a children’s book about an opossum co-written by his wife, Miriam. “They think Trump is going to be a Nazi and Hillary is going to sell us out to the world,” said Hulett, leaning forward in his recliner. “At the end of the day, whoever is president, the world is going to go on.”

A former car parts salesman who later ran anti-drug programs for teens in the Grand Rapids area, Hulett preaches acceptance of other’s views. Still, he is quick to praise Trump and call Clinton “the most corrupt individual in the world.” His strident opinions led his brother, “a retired teacher, a liberal,” to unfriend him on Facebook.

“The decisions (wife) Miriam and I make are all bathed in prayer,” said Hulett, an evangelical conservative Christian. “We read the Bible. We read devotionals. So we feel we are doing the right thing.”

God may lead others to vote differently, Hulett admits. “God didn’t make us all from the same cookie cutter. Faith is an experiential thing. You operate out of your context, and that looks different for different people.”

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Ron French
Ron French

Ron French is Bridge senior writer, based in Lansing. He can be reached here.

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