WILMINGTON, Mass. – Nick Rocco went to polling day amplified. A 26-year-old hairstylist, he has spent the last few months campaigning for President Trump, taking particular satisfaction in offending Biden supporters.
It was still summer when he was kicked from his town’s community Facebook page for his pugnacious pro-Trump posts. When someone stole the Trump sign from his backyard, he replaced it with half a dozen new ones, including one with a curse.
At his wedding last month, guests walked around in oversized Donald and Melania masks, and he relished the discomfort of his wife’s Democratic parents.
“The problem is, we don’t care,” Mr. Rocco said. He looks forward to many years of Trump presidencies. “I hope Don, Ivanka and Eric all end up running,” he said last week.
Mr Rocco represents a notable category: young voters drawn to politics for the first time by Mr Trump. He didn’t go to college and prides himself on his independence of thought; it falls under the category of smart streets, not smart books.
He never bothered to register to vote until 2016, when he first heard Mr. Trump debate on television and saw a political figure who reminded him of himself.
“He doesn’t speak like a politician, he speaks like me,” he says. “I can understand what this guy is saying. He talks like an American talks. He doesn’t speak like a robot.
He and his wife, Jenna, a 27-year-old nurse, went all-in, organizing rallies and standing by the roadsides. As the election and vote count drew to a close, daily recordings with the Roccos saw their mood shift from excitement to foreboding.