“I guess I would fit the stereotype hippie thing,” says Sean Smith, a Bernie Sanders supporter from New Jersey. “I advocate for peace and love and all of that.
"But at the same time, my wife and I, we have a small business. She’s also a freelance court reporter, we have two kids, and we own a home in a very mid(dle)-class-ish town in New Jersey. And I think the thing that people have to understand is that we don’t want free stuff. What we want is for our tax dollars to work for all of us – to pay for things that benefit all citizens: Trump supporters, Clinton supporters, Sanders supporters, Gary Johnson supporters, Jill Stein supporters.”
His wife, Patty Smith, adds:
“Most of the articles I see written keep saying how there’s white, young supporters here for Bernie marching through the streets. It’s not young and white. We’re staying in an apartment with a young Latino couple. I’m 47. There was a woman who was about 72 years old with a cane, trying to walk at least a couple blocks with us in the 100-degree weather.
"I’m sorry,” Mrs. Smith says as she begins to cry. “I start to get emotional because it’s everybody and they just keep focusing on the Millennials, and it’s just not true.”