Donald Trump tends to elicit sharp opinions across the country, and Clovis is no exception. In last Thursday’s issue of the Wall Street Journal, reporter Michael M. Phillips wrote an interesting front-page article about how Trump can even divide the most cohesive couples. First stop: Here in the Central Valley, where he found Clovis residents Jeannine and Jon Hinman. The couple, who have been married for 34 years, have very different opinions about the current GOP frontrunner.
Jon Hinman, 59, is an anesthesiologist who has backed Trump from the start. His wife, a 56-year-old attorney, knows that she won’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders but isn’t sure she’ll be able to bring herself to vote for the bombastic real estate mogul if he ends up being the Republican nominee. It’s likely a common scenario for many happily married couples this campaign season, and it was great to have a Central Valley perspective on the front page of an international newspaper.
“It’s making it a testy time,” Jeannine Hinman, told the paper. “I know we’ll weather this storm, but there are moments when I think, ‘I have no idea who you are.’ ”
The subhead of the story states, “Discord over GOP front-runner is making some marriages rocky,” but fortunately it appears that the Hinmans have things under control. While Trump is known for his name-calling and often rude behavior, none of that seems to have carried over into the Hinman’s house.
As Phillips writes, “The couple jokes they need a safe word that either can draw on should the Trump talk get too heated. They have agreed to a no-gloating policy through the primaries and Republican convention in Cleveland in July.”
If only there was a safe word moderator Wolf Blitzer could have used during last week’s Houston debate. Actually, things might have been more civil had the Hinmans taken over for Wolf. The couple has figured out how to give each other space, respect each other’s opinions and agree to disagree. All things we’d like to see from the remaining candidates, starting immediately.