April 8, 2016
Gavin McInnes: Long Island Trump rally ‘a blast’
Gavin McInnes writes:
I began to notice arrests as interlopers from the other side were caught harassing and even getting violent with supporters. They were brought out in handcuffs, but when a crazy-looking bisexual kid (pictured) with blond dreads and a T-shirt that said “America Was Never Great” started yelling at the crowd, he wasn’t arrested. He was escorted out. I followed him out and was truly impressed with the wide berth he was given. This kid’s shirt also said “Fuck Trump Supporters,” and he was totally alone in a mob of Trump supporters (maybe 2,000 couldn’t get in). Nobody bothered him. Try wearing a Yankees jersey anywhere in Boston at any time. Try wearing a T-shirt that says “NYPD” at any rap concert. Try dressing like a bisexual punk at a Black Panthers rally with a shirt that says “Fuck the Black Panthers.” You’d be dead. I interviewed the kid and he answered, “Everything” when asked what he most dislikes about Trump. I forced him to choose one thing and he said, “He’s sexist.” Apparently Trump is sexist because he’s against abortion and a woman’s right to choose. When I pointed out that about half the women in America are pro-life, which means it’s neither sexist nor feminist to be against it, he said he’d have to look up that statistic—which is what they all say.
Tom Slater of the UK’s Spiked Online was there, too:
On this point, animal-shelter worker Joe was unconvinced: ‘Trump is tapping into the people that are prone to hate, fearmongering and people who are just angry.’ As I move around the pen, ‘I get why they’re angry’ is said time and again. But it’s little more than a throat-clearing exercise. When it comes down to it, the anti-Trump protesters think his supporters are either racist, or plain stupid. ‘People who support Trump are uneducated’, said postgrad student Sally. ‘They don’t have broad minds about what’s going on. I think it’s intelligence.’
For all the talk of ‘making America hate again’, the people who were really being smeared or scapegoated at this rally were Trump supporters – working-class voters who dare to support someone who strays from the PC-politico script. Indeed, the only harsh words thrown at immigrants emanated from the designated free-speech area: as a group of Latin-American men walked past, heading to the rally, a gaggle of college students screamed ‘You’re on the wrong side!’.
There are plenty of reasons to dislike Donald Trump. He’s a crass opportunist, who, for all his talk of sticking it to the freedom-squishing status quo, has more than his fair share of authoritarian tendencies. But this protest in a sleepy New York suburb, and the wretching that Trump has sparked among the cosmopolitan classes nationwide, isn’t really about him. It’s about his supporters: the dumb rednecks who, Sally and Co tell us, know not what they do.
Trump may not go the distance at the Republican convention in July, but this fear and loathing of the masses is here to stay.