Meet Michigan's divided: Lisa King

Lisa King

Lisa King (Photo by Brian Widdis)

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Name: Lisa King
Age: 34
Place: East Lansing
Job: Communications specialist
Income: $60,000
Voted for: Clinton
Hopes or fears for 2017: Losing ground on women issues and LGBT rights

EAST LANSING — When Donald Trump’s image flashes on the TV screen in the East Lansing home of Lisa King, the 34-year-old mother of two toddlers grabs the remote and hits mute. “I don’t want my four-year-old son to think that is the way you should talk to people,” she said.

Granted, King grew up in a Democrat family near Bay City. But for the Central Michigan grad, a self-employed communications specialist for nonprofits, this election wasn’t about partisanship – it was about being a woman and a mom.

“My kids are growing up in this country, and I want them to respect our leaders,” said King, taking a break at a coffee shop while her husband supervised their children. “And we see that clip of Trump (In the bus, talking about grabbing a woman’s genitals) … and I think, every woman has these experiences: Here’s the sleazy guy who you know you’re not supposed to make eye contact with, the guy who isn’t in your social circles because he’s rude, the guy you wouldn’t accept a (Facebook) friend request from. And he’s president!

“I feel there’s good in everybody,” King said, but admits feeling a deeper anger at Republicans than she has felt after past elections. “I’ve always felt you take care of others first and it comes full circle, that’s how we all continue to grow,” she said, staring down at her chai tea latte. “He has this me-first attitude.”

King said she cried Nov. 9. A lot. That’s something she says she never expected. It makes her wonder if the stakes have changed in some fundamental way. “I just feel like the gap is growing between us,” King said. She then headed back home to her children.

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