This black man went to a Trump rally to silently observe, yet the crowd still managed to turn on him.
James Troup, a man from Cincinnati, decided to go to a Trump rally in Ohio alone as a sort of social experiment to see what Trump had to say and how the people reacted to a man of color in the crowd.
What he experienced is alarming to say the least, especially because he stood there standing silently without disturbing anyone. He came to observe, but wound up garnering unwanted, negative attention.
He said the crowd was mostly white, but that there were some people of color dispersed throughout the audience, some of which turned out to be protesters.
Not surprisingly, Troup reported that Trump’s speech that night was shrouded in fearful rhetoric that the crowd ate up and fueled their hate for a variety of different groups. Troup said this,
“He told Ohioans that only oil was propping up their state and that their economy was in serious trouble. He said this over and over again. He also told the crowd that ISIS was out to kill them. That ISIS was putting 50 people at a time in cages and drowning them in the ocean. And that we had to kill them first.”
As though inciting fear and the violence of killing ISIS, a group which is notoriously difficult to kill without harming countless civilians, wasn’t typical enough of Trump, he brought up waterboarding as well. Troup recalled that the speech took a dark turn, as did the crowd’s reaction,
“Cheers for waterboarding. Cheers for torture. Calls to cut off their heads… They loved everything that was being said. The calls for the wall. The calls to blow up oil fields. The calls to torture and kill people.”
As the night went on, the fear and hate that Trump had riled up in the hearts of the people was evident in the way they treated protesters. Troup was astonished at what the people were saying as they kicked the protesters out:
“Every time a protester was kicked out, they were yells to get them out of here, even to KILL THEM!!! Really? Kill them? For protesting?”
The crowd began to turn on him as well, yelling, “Well what about this one? He needs to go too!” as they pointed out Troup to the Secret Service, despite his complete silence throughout the entire event.
“At this point, the black kid that grew up in the projects, surrounded by drugs and gunfire, felt CONCERNED for his safety… at a Donald Trump rally.”
This man’s account of his experience at this rally is frightening and a sign of things to come if Trump were to be elected president. What’s ironic is that these Trump supporters have fear in their hearts of Muslims, members of ISIS, people of color, and many more minorities, but others in the United States are mostly fearful of Trump supporters. They’re often unpredictable and confrontational, sometimes becoming violent and scaring innocent people.
Read Troup’s full account below:
This is what I will say about the Trump rally I attended Saturday…alone.
It was scary. This man knows just what to say to fire up his crowd, no matter how factually inaccurate it may be.
Wall! ISIS! Kill Them! Mexico!
Then there was the blatant fear mongering. He told Ohioans that only oil was propping up their state, and that their economy was in serious trouble. He said this over and over again.
He also told the crowd that ISIS was out to kill them. That ISIS was putting 50 people at a time in cages and drowning them in the ocean. And that we had to kill them first.
Cheers for water boarding. Cheers for torture. Calls to cut off their heads.
If this was a brown person saying the exact same things in the Middle East, we’d call them a dangerous terrorist. But since it’s a white man in America, we call him a Presidential Candidate.
The scariest part was the crowd. They loved everything that was being said. The calls for the wall. The calls to blow up oil fields. The calls to torture and kill people.
And the protestors. Every time a protestor was kicked out, they were yells to get them out of here, even to KILL THEM!!!
Really? Kill them? For protesting?
I felt like at any point, the crowd was going to light torches and grab their pitchforks, and spill out into the streets.
The worst part was when their venom turned toward me. There were protestors around me who got ushered out, and then people started pointing at me, motioning for the Secret Service to “get him out of there”.
Now mind you, I hadn’t uttered a single word the entire rally, but people still said things like “Well what about this one? He needs to go too!”
At this point, the black kid that grew up in the projects, surrounded by drugs and gunfire, felt CONCERNED for his safety…at a Donald Trump rally.
At that rally, I saw the scary underbelly of America. I saw unadulterated hate, fueled by intentional misinformation.
These people who, just 2 hours ago, seemed like good and kind people, were now cheering for blood.
The worst part is Donald Trump knows EXACTLY what he’s doing. He’s patterned his campaign after a WWE match…
And it’s working.
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