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OP-ED | Calling Out Trump’s Racism and A Traitorous Fajita In New Hampshire

by | Jun 22, 2015 8:59am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Election 2016, Equality, Opinion, Millennial Voices

ELIZABETH FRANTZ / With permission from The Concord Monitor
MANCHESTER, N.H. — As you might expect, a lot of Donald Trump’s supporters are a lot like “The Donald” himself. They are loud, rude, ignorant racists — so of course I traveled three hours to New Hampshire in order to hang out with them.

I was actually in the Granite State to protest Trump. At this point I’m pretty numb to Republicans saying awful things on camera, but Trump’s assertion during his presidential campaign announcement that Mexicans are “rapists” was impossible to ignore. So the next day, a couple of friends and I drove to Manchester, N.H., hoping to hold Trump accountable for his bigotry, and the Republican Party for its subsequent silence.

We arrived in the mid-afternoon at Manchester Community College, where Trump’s first New Hampshire rally would be held. After making and hiding our signs, we headed into the event.

The most striking thing about the Trump staffers was how attractive they were. Young men and women of all races stood smiling at the check-in tables, looking for all the world as though they’d stepped off the pages of Vogue.

After getting past the slew of part-time models Trump had manning the door, we joined the long line of old white people (and College Republicans, who are old white people in the making), and waited for the doors to open. While we stood there, I managed to snag a Trump shirt, which I’m willing to trade for an O’Malley button and a bumper sticker to be named later.

After waiting for about an hour, and talking to a local woman who “really likes” Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders, we managed to get into the college gym where Trump would make the magic happen. First, though, we had to hear from a variety of warm-up speakers — a talk-show host, a failed gubernatorial candidate, a state representative, and so on. My favorite was Miss New Hampshire USA, who said being a beauty queen was the greatest achievement a little girl could dream of. Someone should introduce her to Hillary Clinton. (As an aside, I’m betting either Miss New Hampshire or Miss Iowa wins the Trump-sponsored Miss USA contest this year.)

As exciting as it was to hear from various unknown New Hampshire politicos, it was even better to meet some of my fellow rally attendees. Mingling in the crowd was political satirist and perennial presidential candidate Vermin Supreme. I chatted with him about what it’s like to run for president, and he gave me a lollipop and showed me his dental records. Also in the crowd was New Hampshire local Tyler McMullen, who told me he’d come to the rally seeking a job from Trump. McMullen later began shouting profanities, and was ultimately charged with disorderly conduct, the only person to be arrested at the rally.

After some time Trump arrived, walking on to “Taking Care of Business” by Automotive, a refreshingly honest musical message from a presidential candidate. As Trump started to opine on everything under the sun, I and my fellow rabble-rousers began our protest.

The Trump supporters reacted to our protest with all the civility of in-real-life Internet trolls. If life had a Caps Lock key, these folks would have worn it out in the first half hour. A group of well-groomed young men in suits set the tone by calling me “gay” and a “fruit,” but it didn’t bother me much. I could smell their hair spray from yards away. One of them said he would “knock [my] tube socks off,” which I invited him to try, but we were interrupted by a Trump staffer who hoisted one of the campaign’s signs and used it to block me. At that point, I moved to a different part of the audience and continued to hold my sign high above the crowd.

It was at this point that I met one of the most unpleasant people I’ve ever interacted with in politics, and that’s saying something, since I’ve met Newt Gingrich.

Since I didn’t catch this fellow’s name, I think I’ll call him Gaston. Gaston looked like he was in his late fifties, and was probably about six inches shorter than me. As soon as I came within earshot, the torrent of abuse started:

“No one wants you here, go home.”

“They are criminals, they came here illegally and they need to go back where they came from.”

“Does your mother know you’re here? I bet she would be soooo proud.”

After jawing at me awhile, Gaston decided he’d try to block my sign with a Trump rally sign, but sadly for him, he couldn’t reach high enough, which only made him more angry. He whipped out his cell phone and took a close up picture of my face.

“Oh boy, you’re gonna be famous all right. I’m gonna put you all over Facebook, all over the Internet. I’m gonna destroy you,” at which point I just had to laugh.

“Oh, you think this is funny? Do you know who I am? You have no idea who I am. I’m gonna destroy you!”

During his monologue, other supporters chimed in echoing his sentiments, lest you think he was an outlier. Like I said, Trump’s supporters are much like Trump himself.

After the rally ended, I did a few interviews with local and regional news, and then my friends and I went out for dinner at a Mexican place on Manchester’s main thoroughfare. As I sat in the outdoor seating enjoying my food and chortling about Trump’s absurdity, who walked by our table but Gaston!

“Of course you’re eating Mexican food!” he screamed. “Of course! Because you’re a traitor, and you hate America!” He continued to hurl vitriol my way for about a minute before walking away, and I turned back to my traitorous fajita.

Kiernan Majerus-Collins, 19, is a student at Bates College and a Democratic Town Committee member from West Hartford. He can be reached on Facebook

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posted by: rpk31 | June 22, 2015  9:51am

I love how you’re calling them trolls when you drove 3 hours away for the sole purpose of trolling. Pot calling the kettle black just a touch?

posted by: GBear423 | June 22, 2015  12:07pm

GBear423

Couldn’t go the extra few bucks and get some colored poster board and lettering?? yeesh, protester amateur… 
Myself being of Mexican descent I knew who the Donald was referring to and took no offense. You have to actually apply the brain when republicans speak; you see he was talking about the illegal drug runners and other gang bangers that cross into our country every night (and day too) unencumbered. Of course there are many Mexicans who are crossing in search of a better life. Though they are just hurting the families who actually fill out the paperwork and pay the fees to legally immigrate into this country like I am doing with my family.
This was a good laugh-  You want to introduce Hillary as an example of accomplishments?? For girls?? A woman whose only redeeming quality is her two timing husband that happened to be a former impeached President? Not many will admit this, but the only reason that woman garners any votes at all is who she is married to. She has the achievements of a low level bureaucrat and a list of failures that have left the Security of the United States damaged. She has no business anywhere near D.C.  The beauty pageant winners at least are pleasing to the eyes, while Hillary, well ya, you know… plain as the summer sun. Always a pleasure to see how the University and College system is failing our youth.

posted by: MuleTime | June 22, 2015  12:14pm

get a job kid.

posted by: art vandelay | June 22, 2015  12:23pm

art vandelay

After reading this article, I now know our nation is in serious trouble.  As much as I disagree with the politics of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and other left wing politicians, I never describe them in the manner Mr. Collins does.

If Mr. Collins took the time to listen to Mr. Trump, he might learn there is some truth to what Mr. Trump is saying.  Mr. Trump as colorful as he might be, brings up excellent points regarding immigration, trade, and national security.

posted by: kiernanmc | June 22, 2015  9:00pm

kiernanmc

Hey comments section friends; I’m so glad to see your contributions to our civil discussions.

@rpk31, I wouldn’t consider protesting to be trolling, unless perhaps you think people shouldn’t actually use their freedom of speech?

@GBear423, your comments about Hillary would be funny if they weren’t so sad. I’m no Clinton fan, but it’s undeniable that she has been a trailblazer for women in government and politics. And to suggest that women are only good for their appearance is sexist and awful, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

@MuleTime, thanks, but I’ve already got two jobs.

@art vandelay, Trump is a joke. He doesn’t deserve to be treated seriously.

posted by: MuleTime | June 23, 2015  7:06am

Good for you. What are they?

posted by: GBear423 | June 23, 2015  7:33am

GBear423

@ kiernanmc- latching onto things said out of context is a problem in the marketplace of ideas; allow me to shed a little light on this for you:
Beauty Pageant winners are judged on…. beauty. Nice try though, sadly you will have to go back to your brainwashing sessions at Bates and pay attention to the part where the Kool-Aid drinking hyper-partisan will want to read AND comprehend an entire sentence before using it as ammo for false accusations.

My comment was not sexist and I did not say the “only good” thing, I said “at least”, meaning the smallest thing that Miss NH or Miss IA can be judged on is their appearance, since they were just _judged_ on their appearance!! 

Funny though, you accuse me of judging women on appearance and here you are betting on who will win the sexist beauty competition… is that based on their knowledge of the Democrat Platform? familiarity with the Articles of the Constitution? or what is implied, their appearance?  Sexist little liberal aren’t ya…

I agree with you that Hillary is a sad candidate, though you mention trailblazer… umm, what exactly is the trail she blazed??  No worries, I can tell you she has blazed no trail.  Women preceded her in every position she has held, and had done better than her at the tasks.

posted by: Lincoln | June 23, 2015  8:42am

Kiernanmc - Please help me understand why Secretary of State Clinton is a trailblazer for women in politics.  To my recollection, there have been several very successful, very accomplished women in the same political positions Mrs. Clinton has held.

Why exactly is she a trailblazer?  A list of meaningful accomplishments would be helpful.

posted by: StillRevolting | June 23, 2015  8:56am

Some over-entitled kid with too much time on his hands, an axe to grind, and Mom’s gas money in the tank heads for New Hampshire to get a reaction. He gets one and shares it in such glaringly one-sided terms that all of the content can easily be disregarded even though Trump’s racist minions should clearly be called out. I feel no smarter at all for having taken the time to read this.

posted by: art vandelay | June 23, 2015  9:11pm

art vandelay

@kiernanmc,
When you put your name on a multitude of buildings in New York, provide jobs thousands of people,  contribute millions to worthwhile causes, then you can call Mr. Trump a joke.  I may not agree with everything he says, or all this political views, but he is bringing to light issues that need to be discussed which other candidates are not.
Bernie Sanders has beliefs which are totally out of the mainstream which I do not believe in. I however have respect for the man and do not call him names.  You may not agree with Mr. Trump, but he deserves respect.

posted by: art vandelay | June 23, 2015  9:36pm

art vandelay

@Kiernan Majerus-Collins,
The more I think about it, I believe you are the pot calling the kettle black in regards to Mr. Trump!

posted by: Milton Buckley | June 28, 2015  10:55pm

Grow up sonny.

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