Between Might 2016 and November 2020, “Trump Superfan” Sean Colgan gave Occasions of San Diego readers a window into the MAGA mind-set.
The Oceanside Republican, featured in a dozen Q&A interviews, attended street-corner rallies and flew a Trump flag from his bike.
In maybe his final Fb submit — 840 phrases on Sept. 11, 2022 — Colgan wrote forward of the first election:
“Even when the man operating for dogcatcher is the residing embodiment of Dr. Doolittle combined with Dr. Schweitzer, has little forest animals frolicking round him wherever he goes, and is the kindest and most mild man you’ve ever met, if he has a (D) after his identify, then he helps all the crap and nonsense I’ve listed above, and you must vote for somebody, ANYONE, else.”
His ultimate phrases: “If you happen to love America AS America, don’t vote for a Democrat. Not even for dogcatcher.”
Six weeks later — on Oct. 20, 2022 — Colgan was useless. He was 66.
His sister didn’t reply to questions, however Fb postings present his cremains being put into sea from a pleasure boat in November 2022 — with faucets enjoying from an iPhone. Colgan was a former nurse educated at Ramona Excessive College and MiraCosta Faculty.
Immediately we introduce the primary Q&A with one other huge supporter of Donald Trump.
Ed Walker, who briefly thought of a run for the vacant Nathan Fletcher seat on the county Board of Supervisors, accepted our request for an interview — a successor to Colgan as a “Trump Superfan.”
A 58-year-old former truck driver, Walker as soon as was homeless. The Phoenix-born man moved to San Diego in center faculty, grew up in Escondido and attended Grossmont Faculty “later in life to be taught computer systems.” He now lives in Hillcrest, working six days every week as a safety guard.
“Getting the additional work isn’t tough,” Walker wrote this week. “Ever for the reason that lockdown, doesn’t appear many individuals are all that desirous to get again to work. Well being smart — nonetheless type of recuperating from trucking, each bodily and mentally.”
He’s engaged on a memoir and a web site with a weblog.
“The weblog was going to be a bit of the web site I used to be constructing to hawk my e-book, which is what’s actually on maintain,” he stated through e-mail. “The entire thing type of morphed into politics and received sidetracked researching the candidates for District 4 supervisor and the opinions would have been from a MAGA standpoint.”
Constructing the positioning and creating content material is taking extra time and vitality than he now has, he stated.
“However the weblog itself might be revealed with not an excessive amount of effort,” Walker stated. “It’ll be revealed below hammerlanepublishing.com with the weblog being referred to as one thing to the impact of ‘We’re Screwed’ as a result of it’ll be targeted on any and all woke insurance policies which might be tearing our society aside. I’ll have a visitor column for those who really feel the necessity to rant.”
We’re tapping Walker for the sake of insights into a neighborhood MAGA fan’s worldview — regardless of what number of of his beliefs have been debunked. [He claims one GOP presidential candidate is a CIA plant.] With conservative Rep. Darrell Issa’s forty eighth Congressional District firmly in GOP palms and 27% of voters in San Diego County registered as Republican, Walker’s views are doubtless widespread.
Like Colgan, he’s additionally notable for being keen to have interaction — and reply to robust questions.
Main San Diego GOP social gathering officers and office-holders hardly ever reply to mainstream media inquiries.
This interview was performed through e-mail in early August.
Occasions of San Diego: What was your response to Donald Trump’s D.C. indictment? Does it shake your confidence in Trump or his skill to win again the White Home?
Ed Walker: Disgusted. It’s an apparent try and get Trump to drop out of the race. Knowledgable regulation specialists comprehend it’s a BS indictment. [Special Counsel Jack] Smith is a Biden donor. Considered one of his DAs working the case is a Biden donor and Smith’s spouse did a documentary about Michelle Obama. The choose [Tanya Chutkan] seems to be the wokest in D.C.
Trump won’t ever get a good trial out of the swamp. Actually, there shouldn’t even BE a trial. So far as shaking my confidence in Trump, by no means. Each time Trump will get indicted, his ballot numbers go up. Everybody sees that. It could solely be defined by the deep distrust folks have now for the federal authorities.
Trump got here in and stirred the swamp up and everybody received whiff of what the D.C. Swamp actually smells like. And now the slithering creatures inside it don’t even faux to cowl up the scent. These are folks that don’t perceive the American mind-set.
Or possibly they do and simply hate it and that’s why they’ve brainwashed a whole technology by means of public training. The upcoming leaders of the nation. As a result of that’s the one method the swamp creatures can destroy America. That’s their secondary objective. Their first is to ransack and steal as a lot as they will earlier than they do destroy America.
If you happen to nonetheless have full confidence in Trump, what accounts for a lot of of his former aides and legal professionals, together with Legal professional Common Invoice Barr, pondering the obstruction and different fees are legit and Trump ought to by no means serve in workplace once more?
I do nonetheless have full confidence in Trump. Greater than ever, now. When Trump first received and took workplace in 2017, he had no concept how deep and huge the swamp actually is. None of us did. He uncovered the corruption that apparently now goes as deep because the Secret Service. Which makes me involved for the primary time for his security.
Trump didn’t inform folks to march all the way down to the Capitol and riot. He referred to as for a peaceable protest and apply strain. He knew he was cheated and felt Pence had the flexibility as VP to ship the electoral counts again to the states. If he didn’t, then why are they, the Congress, making an attempt to go laws with language that’s clear and the function of VP is obvious? If Trump is responsible of something, it’s siding along with his legal professionals.
Trump had each proper to problem these election outcomes and that simply pisses the swamp off one thing fierce. So it’s identical to them to alter the principles of the sport after they start to lose.
Trump additionally faces severe fees within the Mar-a-Lago paperwork case. Do you suppose Trump ought to have saved extremely labeled U.S. authorities data and different presidential papers that federal regulation stated he couldn’t?
My understanding is the president has the one authority to declassify paperwork. He apparently had lots of private stuff combined in with among the paperwork. OK, so it was a sloppy transfer out of the WH. He was going by means of these packing containers; his legal professionals had been in talks with that dumbass librarian.
Trump, in fact, isn’t the one one who has packing containers of labeled materials, however at the least his was behind a locked door with a Secret Service sentry posted and never in his storage stashed behind a Corvette. The indictment is laughable, however sadly corrupt judges and prosecutors are following the swamp’s marching orders. When judges and prosecutors change into outwardly corrupt like this, societies start to fall. That’s what worries me — having to reside my retirement years in a corrupt woke society.
What gave him the proper to defy the Presidential Data Act?
He didn’t defy the Presidential Data Act. He had each proper to undergo the packing containers of paperwork identical to some other president has earlier than him. Curious although — does the VP have that proper? No, they don’t, however by no means thoughts the stacks of packing containers Joe Biden took when he was VP.
The indictment alleges Trump endeavored to impede the FBI and grand jury investigations and conceal retention of labeled paperwork. That’s not “defying” the Presidential Data Act. That’s ensuring his private stuff stays private.
If elected, Trump says he would possibly pardon a big portion of J6 rioters. A few of his GOP rivals say they’d contemplate pardons. Do you suppose pardons are merited for any J6 felons?
Completely. Each final one ought to get a pardon. None got due course of just like the Structure calls for — nope, not for Trump supporters. They’re being tortured and abused in jail and also you rattling proper they [should] get a pardon. And a lawyer to sue after they get out.
How do you get your info on present occasions, and what opinion leaders do you observe, most worth?
I’ve a wide range of media that I watch and browse. Used to observe Tucker Carlson essentially the most, however since Fox has gone full swamp I hardly ever watch Fox anymore. I get residence within the early hours and catch among the morning stuff, usually it’s precise information. I can solely deal with possibly 20 minutes of Mark Levin, Matt Gaetz and Carl DeMaio. As quickly as Tucker will get his buyers in place and begins his personal, then it’s just about catching somewhat right here and there of NBC or ABC in hopes of getting just a few information.
Many Democrats and Trump critics accuse MAGA Republicans of being brainwashed by conservative media, together with San Diego’s personal One America Information. Do you suppose Fox Information, Newsmax and comparable retailers are sharing full and correct info on political occasions?
Effectively as I defined, I don’t catch lots of these. I’m pleasantly stunned to listen to One America Information Community is true right here in San Diego. I used to be not conscious of that. Wow! There nonetheless could also be some hope for precise information for this city in spite of everything.
President Biden and a few Cupboard members are being focused for impeachment investigations. Do you suppose Joe Biden is responsible of any excessive crimes or misdemeanors? If that’s the case, what are his offenses?
Joe Biden is severely compromised by overseas cash. Cash is his God and that’s all he worships. In my view, he has dedicated treason and ought to be impeached. They’ve already linked him to lots of overseas cash tied to coverage making.
Mitch McConnell is his buddy, so impeachment won’t ever get previous the Senate. [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas isn’t match to tie my sneakers. I don’t even suppose he’s able to it. [FBI Director Christopher] Wray is as a lot a diseased swamp rat as [Attorney General] Merrick Garland and each deserve no matter Hell society can heap upon them. [Treasury Secretary Janet] Yellen and [Transportation Secretary Pete] Buttigieg are each incompetent.
The entire administration is packed stuffed with incompetent clowns. I don’t have something good to say about mangy, flea-bitten swamp rats that placed on a swimsuit and tie daily and anticipate folks to belief them.
GOP stalwarts like Carl DeMaio accuse Gov. Gavin Newsom and Statehouse Democrats of ruining California and inflicting many residents to flee the state. Do you agree?
Yeah, I do agree with that. Newsom will virtue-signal absolutely anything and the state Dems will soar on the probability to point out the remainder of the nation how progressive California is. Now it’s like a recreation as to what state can outdo the others in passing sociopathic rules.
Take the reparations panel they arrange. Look what occurred there. The Blacks went berserk in demanding money — it was like $200K, then $250K or $280K. Then it was within the thousands and thousands and I heard some crackhead man say they need a number of million and every little thing free for all times. Then Newsom lastly tells all of them the reality and says: “Effectively, possibly we will’t do that simply but.” LMAO! They actually thought they had been going to attain huge. From Newsom.
Trump holds a commanding lead within the GOP White Home race. But when occasions trigger him to falter, who would you help for president?
Vivek Ramaswamy. Fingers down. He’s MAGA materials all the best way. He’s sensible, rich already like Trump, so he received’t be enticed to commit treason like Joe Biden and never a swamp rat like Pence, [Chris] Christie and Will Hurd, who occurs to be a CIA plant on this 12 months’s presidential race.
That ought to concern all of America — when the swamp installs a CIA plant in an election that’s going to be watched very intently. They’re not presupposed to be working domestically. Sabotaging elections in overseas nations is what they’re presupposed to do, not right here. And albeit, an investigation must occur to search out out simply what the CIA is as much as right here on our shores.
Pence is laughable. Difficult Trump to be “brave” and present up on the first debate. Why? So everybody, significantly Pence, can stand there and take pictures at Trump all evening? If Trump goes to the primary debate with anti-Trump moderators like Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum with a stage full of presidency instigators, we are going to by no means hear what the opposite candidates must say about coverage.
Some political specialists worry violence if Trump had been to be convicted and despatched to jail (after years of appeals). Do you suppose Trump supporters ought to or would take up arms to combat this end result?
You imply like BLM and ANTIFA? The militant arm of the Democratic Social gathering? To be clear, MAGA didn’t begin the violence.
Our Founders gave us a strategy to do these items with out violence. Elections. Sadly, the elections have change into corrupted and ANTIFA doesn’t imagine in an orderly society.
In case you are imagining some form of organized effort to combat again, that’s not going to occur. The FBI already has all these militia-type guys locked up for numerous different crimes. That’s the reason these corrupt prosecutors and judges don’t have any worry. The Lone Wolf issue is what they should concern themselves with.
How do you regard your liberal pals and neighbors? Misguided? Evil? Reformable?
I don’t speak to my neighbors a complete lot. I work graveyard, so timing isn’t proper to be neighborly. Everybody just about retains to themselves and politics doesn’t come up once I do get an opportunity to speak with somebody.
With warmth domes and excessive climate bringing consideration to the local weather disaster, what ought to native, state and nationwide leaders do to fight greenhouse gasoline emissions that gasoline these and different catastrophes?
That’s type of a loaded query. As a result of I don’t imagine greenhouse gasoline emissions are fueling such catastrophes. For one, a warmth dome is when sizzling ocean air will get trapped below a excessive strain “dome.” That has nothing to do with greenhouse emissions. That’s referred to as NATURE!
Newsom has referred to as for a constitutional modification to ban public entry to AR-15 assault weapons, impose common background checks and lift the firearm-buying age from 18 to 21. Do you help this?
Ban public entry? Outright ban the general public from “accessing” an AR15. I’m going to must say NO, I don’t help that. I just like the wording there. It’s as if somebody stated: Effectively, we will’t ban folks from shopping for them so how about banning them from accessing them? Full subterfuge.
Nothing incorrect with thorough background checks. It’s the factors used to disclaim the functions that irk me. Elevating the age to purchase a firearm to 21. Idiocy. I used to be capturing at 8. Many individuals be part of the navy at 18, so all of them should get a go. That’s one thing that irks me as nicely. Simply [raise] the navy age to 21. Can’t purchase a gun till 21, can’t drink till 21. Why are we sending our youngsters to overseas lands to combat and die for a corrupt nation at 18?
The rest readers ought to find out about your views on native, state or nationwide points?
One can solely hope new blood will get in and is powerful sufficient to withstand the woke agenda.
Trump will prevail. Simply heard the Jan sixth fee destroyed all of the proof they’d, so now Trump can’t subpoena it for his protection. They’ll attempt to railroad him like they did the Jan sixth protesters. At the least he has cash for legal professionals, however they’re making an attempt to make him go broke defending himself.
He has not stated it, however he has certainly pledged his life, his fortune and his sacred honor for America and her folks, and as such, we owe him our allegiance. I want America would see that Donald Trump is America’s champion. Our solely champion. There won’t be anybody else that has the fortitude, the guards and the cash to combat again.