Most assume with a few basic facts they know my political affiliation: I’m a young woman living in an urban area. I’m a journalist with not so much money to my name, and I’ve got a background in higher education. I have a master’s degree in creative writing (clearly worth the money). I go to coffee houses and write poetry. Sometimes I even wear sandals.

So imagine the surprised look I get when I admit I’m a right-leaning conservative. (Please don’t hurt me.)

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