Evidence of secret support for Hillary Clinton is mounting, and it is characterized by a key common trait: Enthusiasm.
I was recently invited to join a secret Facebook group in support of Hillary Clinton. The group has over 250,000 members and the posts are exuberant.
For all we have heard about a "silent majority" of Donald Trump supporters — voters who supposedly want to see him in the White House but are too embarrassed to tell pollsters — a new study finds that there is no such thing.
Regardless of whether they were asked by a live interviewer or in an online poll with no personal interaction, a statistically insignificant number of likely voters gave different answers about who they are voting for.
But evidence of secret support for Clinton keeps piling up.
It turns out that "there are hundreds of private Facebook groups with names like 'Secret Hillary Club,'" according to Lyz Lenz, reporting for Marie Claire.
Many women, despite the wishes of their husbands, the sentiment in their communities, and the ceaseless media barrage of insults against their candidate, are secretly supporting Clinton. As Lenz writes:
While nodding along with their husbands' politics and passing as Trump supporters in their neighborhoods, there's a group of women making fervent plans for what happens when they're finally alone in the voting booth.
They are not only voting for Clinton. They are fervent about it.
That echoes what evangelical leader Deborah Fikes told Politico about the reaction to her support for Clinton:
Fikes said her public statement elicited a wave of private applause. “I’ve had many more evangelicals than you would realize email me and tell me and text me and say, ‘You are doing the right thing. I’m proud of you. I wish I could do it.”
They are proud of her. They are cheering her on. They are for her.