Yesterday we decided to attend the Phoenix (actually Fountain Hills) rally for Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. He was joined by Arizona’s Sheriff, Joe Arpaio who has not been favorable toward the Mexican community. We saw all the reports of clashes with Trump supporters and protestors on the news so we were prepared for a crazy day. Below is a play by play of what happened and what we learned.
- To be official or not: We decided to be official so we got tickets in advance. Fortunately the tickets were free and we loaded the tickets on our iPhone Passbook app. Later we found out that they only allowed certain people in so obtaining the ticket at this event was a waste of time.
- Come Early: We didn’t anticipate the traffic and got stuck for along time just trying to get close enough to walk. Later we found out the Trump protestors blocked the highway. (salute!…wait)
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- Be careful where you park: We initially parked with all the rest of the cars behind some businesses but a white guy told us to move our vehicle or he’ll have it towed…only us. We moved the car and found a public spot very close. Next time we may Uber our way there and back.
- Trump supporters are almost all Caucasian people who express they are fed up with the current state of US economy all the way to border security. They tend to blame allot on Native, Mexican, Liberals, Muslims and Black people. Almost every Trump supporter we encountered just wants the OLD America…whatever that is.- - - - - -
- Trump Protestors/demonstrators (Arizona) are comprised of Native American, White, Black, Mexican, Muslims and are typically young. The main objective of the protestors was to show solidarity against Trump’s rhetoric and inflammatory speeches. In attendance were representatives from Puente Arizona, #BlackLivesMatter, and UniteHere (Who have been following Trump demanding equal rights to form a union at the Trump Hotel in Vegas).
- The Police were not biased. We were waiting for them to act crazy or side with Trump supporters but we didn’t see that all yesterday. However, they were ready and dressed in riot gear.
- The Clashes: Every clash we filmed and saw was fueled by the Trump supporters instigating the protestors. We also saw some KKK thug type individuals among the crowd agitating the Trump demonstrators. Most of the clashes were verbal and non violent unlike the rallies we saw on the news. Things could have been worse but none of the Trump supporters seemed willing to go that far yesterday.- - - - - -
What we learned: Trump rallies are a small peek into the mindset of America. At times It felt like we were at a KKK rally in Mississippi. Trump can’t fix America and neither could Obama. You get a sense of prophecy after watching young white men spit at and call Black and Native people racial slurs for 3 hours. For poor people, and non whites, America hasn’t changed since the 60’s and things WILL get worse with either Trump, Bernie, or Hillary in the office. Sorry.
“I do not see how we will ever solve the turbulent problem of race confronting our nation until there is an honest confrontation with it and a willing search for the truth and a willingness to admit the truth when we discover it. – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Grosse Pointe High School – March 14, 1968