Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.
Some Europeans, though, travel out to the wide world, and they say "Hah, colony. Hah, we have a better one. Hah, infantile culture." They're total arrogant dicks about it. Obviously, not all of us -- I love history, I love culture, and I wouldn't dream of being a rude, brash loudmouth wherever I go. But there are some.
The worst you'll get from Americans is a comical inability to speak other languages, and occasional surprise at the lack of free refills.
I couldn't believe a couple people said "I'm just not big into travelling." How can that be? How can you have no innate human curiosity about what another place is like?
Not to mention the one or two idiots who said "Only to bomb it" or something like that. Hell, I think the world would be better off if most of America besides New England, California and the Great Lakes just combusted, but I would never advocate bombing those places out of political disagreement.
But I still like the people there, and I enjoy the culture, and it's a fascinating collection of peoples and states and identities.
I visited Tombstone, Arizona recently. Is it a progressive place? Hell no. Is it fascinating, and was everyone I met perfectly lovely? Of course!
Your own South Carolina is another great example. Politically, I'll bet we have some significant differences. Historically and culturally, I think SC is fascinating, as the Union's most rebellious state (three declarations of secession, no?). I think the Carolinas' history as a pirate haven with the Outer Banks in North Carolina, or the Roanoke Colony, or the Shelling of For Sumter... All of it great. Absolutely riveting history, and it has spawned an interesting culture.
It's not just America -- I think if the entire population of Cornwall or Devonshire disappeared, Britain would be more progressive.
If the entire Middle East disappeared, the world would be more progressive.
I still don't want to bomb these places.