‘No Amish is going to vote for Hillary’: Pennsylvania community mostly backs Trump
Despite ‘too much bragging’ by Trump, Amish against social liberalism and voting for a woman
The Canadian Press
August 7, 2016
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Young women from Pennsylvania’s Amish community ride a horse and carriage in July. (Alex Panetta/Canadian Press)
On the outskirts of a town called Intercourse, Pa., an entire community of people has survived this election season with the chastity of its eardrums never once penetrated by the sound of Donald Trump’s voice.
Many Amish have never heard him speak. They’ve read newspaper articles about him, learned about him through word-of-mouth, but have never had the full sensory experience because their traditionalist faith forbids television, radio and the web.
So the reactions are spontaneous and physical when a reporter visits this farming community and attempts to impersonate the outer-borough twang of a candidate who brags about his billions, his beautiful wife and the gold-garnished skyscrapers adorned with his name.
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Eyes pop in surprise. Bellies burst in laughter. Heads shake in disgust.
“That’s a little too much bragging,” says a young woman at a bookstore counter. “Usually when people think too much of themselves, that’s when it all goes downhill.”
Across the parking lot with the horse and buggy, the local librarian strokes his beard and says, “We’re supposed to be humble and not have pride.”