By this time, I'd become a regular of a pub connected to the place I was staying, and also been 'taken in', best I can put it, as part of that area & community. The pub had a dance club in the rear of the building that was open weekends.
One night I met 2 Irish girls & we ended up partying, dancing and had a great time all night. The club was closing for the night, and the girls & I were talking outside before we were going back to the pub. Politics & Trump had not been mentioned by either of them the entire night, but then here it came. One girl said, ' I'm dying to know what you think about Trump being elected?' At the same time, a 20 something year old Irish guy had sidled up next to us, no doubt interested in the girls, but was just listening to us.
I explained to her why I'd rather not discuss it, yet she persisted and asked if I'd at least say who I voted for, and added, 'I bet you voted for Trump.' So, fueled with plenty of Guinness by then I said, 'if I tell you who I voted for do you promise not to go further with the discussion?' She said, yes. So, I simply said 'your guess was right.' At that point, the guy took a step forward, looked me in the eye, and said very seriously, 'well, you're just a --- white supremacist aren't ya then.'
That was my tipping point. I verbally launched into him & in his face. No way can I recall everything that spilled from my mouth, but I know it started with, 'do you have any idea what you just called me? Do you know what a white supremacist even is and how they think etc.?' Followed by giving him a detailed explanation of what he just labeled me, based solely on my vote, I am Caucasian, but I'd have voted for anyone other than Hillary, including Bernie, but that part I was rarely asked about nor did I offer freely very often.
I also know I ended my tirade by saying, 'you do realize that your country is made up of a population that is 90% white, 1.7% Muslim, about 3% black with the rest being other, don't you? Yet, somehow, I'm the white supremacist among us?'
Now, I want to be VERY clear on this. I fell in love with the Irish people & their country & this was the only instance where anything like this was said to me. To the guy's credit, he knew what he said was extremely insulting to me, obviously from my reaction, and offered his hand & apologized.
That is a lot to try to explain in short fashion, and I've left things out that may have helped paint a better picture of my experience as a whole, and relate in ways to the topic. My whole point is, labeling someone as being something so atrocious & insulting to them, and is baseless in its assumption, is reckless & is no way to engage in civil discourse.
I hope some of this makes sense, as I am not trying to further an argument over it, but I did make the mistake of making mention of it. Thus, for me, I was obligated to explain it as best I could.