Meet Michigan's divided: Ron Price

Ron Price

Ron Price (Photo by Brian Widdis)

Vital stats

Name: Ron Price
Age: 27
Place: Holland
Job: Account rep for an industrial adhesives company
Income: “I would say my needs are provided for.”
Voted for: Trump
Hopes for 2017: That the country will again be the United States of America

HOLLAND — Two days after the election, Ron Price stood in a crowd gathered in downtown Grand Rapids to protest Donald Trump’s victory. He was not one of them. In fact, he had driven from his home in Holland to voice his support for the next president. “I felt led by God to go there,” he said. “All I was trying to do was to inform people. I wanted to listen, too – to really understand where they’re coming from. I was dumbfounded at how divided we could be on some issues.”

As a devout Christian and businessman, Price hopes Trump will create more jobs. As for Trump’s videotaped boast about groping women, “we’re all sinners,” he said. “All I can hope is he’s asked God’s forgiveness.”

Price reads the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other mainstream media, but he also visits right-wing websites like the Drudge Report, Breitbart News and Alex Jones’ Infowars. He believes Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta might be a Satanist and that an assistant in Clinton’s State Department talked in an email about sacrificing a chicken. The mainstream media are “not going to present the facts objectively,” he said. “It’s so negative. I’m going to read a bunch of things and make my own decisions.”

He knows some will stereotype him as racist. As a one-quarter Native American, he resents the label, and insists he, too, has compassion for the disadvantaged, especially given how his people were treated.

“I can see where we can go as a country,” Price said. “I want America to live up to its potential. The stereotypes are not going to get us anywhere. We can’t just lump people into categories.”

“Understanding,” he said. “That’s what’s going to make us a country that’s truly united and not divided.”

About The Author

Pat Shellenbarger

Pat Shellenbarger is a freelance writer based in West Michigan. He previously was a reporter and editor at the Detroit News, the St. Petersburg Times and the Grand Rapids Press.

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