“Majority” of Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Crew Voted for Donald Trump
The Associated Press covered the recent return of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to Norfolk, VA. The article opened by recounting a short quote from a lesbian Sailor:
Sailing on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lara Runge placed a rare phone call to her wife Jessica…on Election Day.
The women prayed together “for the safety of our country and that equality would remain consistent.” Both supported Hillary Clinton, while the majority of the ship’s crew voted for President-elect Donald Trump, said Runge…
Statistically, Runge may be correct, as the US military stereotypically leans Republican, but in truth it’s highly unlikely she really knows how the thousands of other Sailors on her ship voted. Still, it is interesting to hear her — with some apparent disappointment — characterize her beliefs of the politics of the crew.
She went further, though, and took a sideways swipe at her shipmates:
“You have a lot of diversity in the Navy,” she said. “But there are a lot of people who don’t feel that’s best for the Navy.”
Regrettably, Petty Officer Runge appears to have succumbed to the politically correct idea that sexuality can be diverse, but other things shouldn’t be. Call it what you will, but it seems likely a “diverse” group of people who felt left out of the “diverse” fabric of America over the past few years — whether because of political ideology, religion, race, what-have-you — decided to elect Donald Trump, including some of her fellow Sailors.
Supporting Donald Trump wasn’t a vote against diversity, nor a vote against what is “best for the Navy.” In many respects, it was a vote for diversity — including diversity of thought, religion, and expression.
Notice that within seconds of citing the “diversity” in thought and political views on her ship, Petty Officer Runge turned around and criticized that very diversity — she apparently doesn’t think that kind of diversity is “best for the Navy.”
Pro tip: It isn’t “diversity” when everyone thinks the same as you.
It’s amazing how easily that is forgotten by some.