Friday evening, GOP Presidential frontrunner and half-orangutan Donald Trump held a YUGE political rally at a football stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Days before, the venue was changed from a 4,000-seat auditorium to the 43,000-capacity field due to the expectations of a massive crowd. While The Donald did draw a crowd larger than the civic center could have held, he fell well short of expectations, as it has been estimated that maybe 20,000 showed up, as the stadium was appeared to be less than half-full.
Regardless of the bad optics of a mostly-empty venue, the fact remains that the reality TV star turned aspiring leader of the free world was able to convince thousands of supporters to spend their Friday evening listening to him ramble on incoherently about how he will Make America Great Again! Cable news networks carried the speech live — MSNBC eventually put in on split-screen and muted him 20 minutes in — so all the world could hear and see Trump speak to a rabid base of white conservatives eat up every bit of his xenophobic and racist rantings.
And eat it up they did! At one point during his speech, one spectator clearly shouted out “white power!” Below is a video clip of that moment, courtesy of YouTube user Killer Guy:
Prior to that moment, you could hear at least one audience member yell out to Trump to impeach President Obama. A number of reporters made their way to the event and interviewed attendees of the rally. The New York Times’ Alan Blinder spoke to one loyal Trump supporter clad in a Ted Nugent t-shirt who said that he thinks we should charge for hunting permits at the border in order to shoot Mexicans.
“Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill,’ ” said Jim Sherota, 53, who works for a landscaping company. “That’d be one nice thing.”
The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel sent the following tweet Saturday morning as he was transcribing an interview he had done with an Alabama farmer. The tweet says it all.
All of this comes on the heels of a couple of South Boston residents beating up and pissing on a homeless Hispanic man. One of the Southie residents said they assaulted the man because of Trump’s rhetoric regarding immigration and Mexicans. While Trump eventually condemned the attack, his initial reaction was that his supporters are just “passionate.”
It is obvious that Trump has courted the racist white voters that make up a large part of the GOP base. While that allows him to lead in an extremely crowded Republican field, it is becoming more and more of a nightmare for the party as a whole. Months from now, when many of the candidates have dropped out, Republicans are going to have to actually deal with the statements, actions and positions that Trump made and many of them co-signed or even doubled down on.
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