I’ve literally heard the words “racist, bigot and xenophobe” more times from the media this year than in my entire life combined. You can hear it in the newspapers, on social media and among friends having even the simplest of political conversations. The media has been trying to make the name Donald Trump synonymous with racism and hate. So far, they have mostly only succeeding in convincing those who are already left-wing liberals, voting for Hillary Clinton anyways, that Trump is Hitler reincarnated, but there are still many voters who are on the fence.
Everyone is familiar with the civil rights movement of the 60’s and segregation of blacks and whites before that time. Blacks could not do their laundry, attend the same schools or use the same restrooms as whites and it was accepted by a large portion of society. Although the blacks had won their freedom after the civil war, they were still viewed as second-class citizens by many and not afforded the same privileges because of the color of their skin. There were even times that restaurants and bars would refuse to serve blacks.
Yet those days are long since past, and for decades the black race has been held as equals to all others within our country. Actually, even higher than equal in cases of affirmative action, quotas and lowered standards for college admissions based on race.
So who are the new victims of prejudice and denied service based on their appearance or beliefs?
Trump supporters, and not only in isolated cases either.
For some time now I’ve been reading news articles about Trump supporters getting attacked, abused and denied service for no other reason than they support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
In fact, simply holding a “Make America Great Again” sign, a slogan you would think all Americans could support, can get you trampled by an angry mob in Phoenix during a Black Lives Matter rally.
A Donald Trump supporter was standing in the street and holding a sign for the candidate. Black Lives Matter Protesters accosted him during their rally for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
“I was standing in the street holding my ground and they started coming around me,” Matthew Meinecke said. “And then I got cramped and everyone’s like cursing me like crazy and swearing and then I fell down to the ground. “I was pushed to the ground and then I started getting trampled. That’s when the police pulled me out,” he said. Holding up his ripped Trump sign, he said, “And then obviously this stuff happened. And it’s very, very insulting. It’s terrible.”
Some may argue that this man should have known better than to hold a Donald Trump sign at a Black Lives Matter rally, but why is that the case? Should violence against someone be justified because of their beliefs or appearance? By appearance in this case I mean holding a Trump sign or wearing attire indicating your support for Donald Trump.
Even if you aren’t being physically accosted for supporting Trump, you can still get denied service at a public restaurant it appears.
An Orange County woman claims she was tossed from a Mexican restaurant Sunday, not for too much tequila — but for too much Trump.
Esther Levy, 61, of Warwick, said an employee at the popular Cancun Inn eatery in Sugar Loaf chucked her out for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and a Trump button.
Levy said she was booted for her support for the presidential candidate who wants to curtail illegal immigration and build a wall on the Mexican border.
Joined by retired local judge Alvin Goldstein, she took a seat and ordered two sangrias from a smiling waitress without incident, Levy recalled.
But the server soon returned and told them they had to leave.
“I was shocked,” Levy, a writer, told The Post. “She [the waitress] seemed very surprised by it all and was told to refuse us service. We just got up and started to leave.”
Levy said a man who identified himself as a co-owner blasted Levy and Goldstein for supporting Donald Trump as they left.
“On the way out, the co-owner decided to yell at me and humiliate me,” Levy recalled. “He said, ‘We don’t serve Trump supporters here. Get out of here and never come back.’ ”
Goldstein said he defiantly predicted victory for Trump as he walked out of the restaurant.
“The man told me that Hillary was going to win,” Goldstein said. “I certainly won’t be back there. It was horrific what happened. I’m not used to being thrown out of restaurants.”
So a 61 year old woman and her friend, a retired judge, cannot have a meal at a restaurant they’ve attended regularly because they are wearing cloths supporting Donald Trump. Being denied service for reasons of appearance (wearing Trump supporting attire)? Where does that sound familiar? Should Trump supporters have to start their own restaurants just to be able to eat in peace and avoid humiliation? I guarantee you that anyone wearing a Hillary Clinton hat would not be treated this way in a largely conservative area, and if they were, the story would dominate national news cycles for weeks.
The patrons were rightfully shocked, as they had never before experienced that brand of prejudice and hatred in their lives, and nor should they have to. That’s not the end of the story, however, as the owners of the restaurant claim that Ester Levy and Alvin Goldstein were being “rowdy and rude” and that is why they were ejected. So a 61 year old Jewish woman and a 79 year old retired judge were really being that disruptive? Right, because senior citizens are well known for being loud and abrasive during their dining experiences.
In another example, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat may get you denied service at a local fast food eatery.
American women continue to face discrimination — at the hands of opponents of Donald Trump.
A Virginia fast food restaurant denied service to two women because of what they were wearing: Trump t-shirts and red “Make America Great Again” hats.
Shannon Riggs and her cousins had just attended a Trump rally in Richmond when they headed to Cook Out for some hamburgers and milkshakes, WTVR reports.
“As soon as we got to the window, someone inside said ‘Hell no! I’m not serving them,’” Riggs says.
According to Riggs, after a few minutes of discussion behind the window, the apparently offended employees eventually took their order.
“It was very unfair and unbusinesslike.”
“Everyone was laughing and giggling,” Riggs says of the restaurant workers.
According to Riggs, employees seemed to taunt them because of who they support.
When an order was called and someone in her party went to claim it, “oh, not for you,” a worker supposedly told her.
While the workers — who undoubtedly want $15 an hour — laughed, Riggs canceled her order and wanted to speak to the corporate office.
“They had this sense of anger,” teenager Lauren Wolfrey tells the news station. “They were just really rude to us.”
The restaurant chain released a statement after the incident:
Cook Out is, and always has been, a politically neutral company. We welcome all customers regardless of political affiliation.
Regarding the refusal of service at our Colonial Heights location, the situation has been resolved and was resolved that night per Cook Out policy.
“You should not be discriminated based on who you support, whether it be Bernie, Hillary or Mr. Trump,” Riggs says.
It also seems you can’t even be a student in college these days and support Donald Trump, as many of their attempts at holding peaceful meetings for his supporters end up being violently shut down by anti-Trump protestors.
The first meeting of Portland State University’s Students for Trump group was loudly interrupted and shut down by anti-Trump protesters, who barged into the group’s meeting on Thursday evening.
Although the conversation was initially civil, it eventually progressed into name-calling and shouting. An Anti-Trump protester threatened a student that was filming the scene: “Point that f**king camera at me… Wait ’til that camera is not there…do you want to get f**ked up by a f**king faggot?”
After a protester took to standing on top of a table to address the crowd, a pro-Trump student suggested that starting a “Students Against Trump” group would have been a more productive way to combat pro-Trump students at PSU.
“The only way to combat this shit is to join an organization that has an anti-racist, anti-capitalist stance,” another protester claimed. “You need to get out of the fucking way and let people of color…let these people organize themselves.”
Despite the meeting being a closed event for the club, the protesters demanded the right to speak. When a few pro-Trump students tried to calm down a protester yelling from atop a table, another protester yelled, “If you don’t let her talk, I will f**k shit up.”
Although the disruption primarily led to shouting and name-calling, there were some productive discussions that happened amongst the chaos. One pro-Trump student explained that his own parents had gone through a lot to immigrate legally: “My family are immigrants, they paid thousands and thousands of dollars, they waited years. I don’t see why it’s fair to let anyone – we don’t know who they are, they could be criminals, they could anything – just waltz through the country with no repercussions.”
Although most listened respectfully as the student explained his support of Trump, one student responded that he was disappointed that a minority could support Trump: “People of color Trump supporters make me so sad.”
After it was clear that the protesters wouldn’t relent, the Students for Trump members disbanded the meeting and began to leave the venue. As they left, one of the leaders of the protest group declared victory and issued a warning to the pro-Trump students: “I just want everybody here to know that you have just participated in a successful Trump shutdown! If they try it again, the same shit is gonna happen, I promise you.”
So simply having a different political opinion than your fellow students, and attempting a small gathering of like minded individuals, is apparently just too much to handle for anti-Trump proponents.
The irony of these so called “social justice warriors” is that they are using the same fascists tactics to shut down free speech that they are claiming to fight against.
Finally, let’s look at the famous incident of a woman getting egged for simply trying to leave a Trump rally and get back home.
After the backlash from the public seeing this poor woman humiliated and attacked in such a way, reports from the left-wing media later came out saying she was swearing and yelling racists remarks at the crowd. In the minds of the left-wing liberals, simple words and emotions justify physically attacking and demeaning another human being, so it becomes acceptable as long they are assaulting someone who disagrees with the liberal narrative. So what if she gave the crowd the middle finger prior to getting hit with eggs, watch any video of anti-Trump protests and you can see/hear much worse directed towards Trump supporters.
In Germany during the early days of Hitler’s rise to power, the Nazis had mobs of supporters quickly shut down any gathering of opponents to their political party. They used violence and intimidation, particularly in the Night of Long Knives incident where Hitler had his thugs murder the top political opponents to his party in a single night.
Thankfully the anti-Trump groups haven’t resorted to straight up murder yet, but we have a long way to go until the presidential election, and with the current outbreak of violence against police, its not entirely out of the realm to imagine someone getting killed because of their support for Trump.
I’m not attempting to trivialize or make a direct comparison between the civil rights movement and the prejudice that many Trump supporters are facing, as the argument can be made that black people can’t change the color of the skin, but Trump supporters can change their political affiliation. In America, however, no one is suppose to have to change their opinion to prevent being discriminated against. The emotions felt by these Trump supporters who are being ostracized for their beliefs are likely very similar to a black person’s when being denied equal rights to eat at the same location as a white person. Anger, confusion and disappointment…the result is the same.
If Hillary Clinton gets elected as president, I fear the conservative movement will be permanently marginalized and many average supporters will be shamed into suppressing their beliefs. Many of the Republican politicians will be forced to adopt what amounts to a “Democrat Light” position, in which they embrace the liberal policies of the left and just offer token resistance to maintain their appearance of an opposing party.
Should you have to avoid showing support for your preferred presidential candidate just to eat a meal in peace or attend a rally? In the minds of many Democrats the answer is yes, but they are letting their emotions dictate their actions rather than their humanity and conscience.