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A Letter to My Trump Supporting Friends

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You are what happens when platform, fear-mongering and the “right” features create the perfect storm.

You’ve obviously been an ambitious young woman, having hosted and associate produced for your university’s political show, The Scramble. You then followed that up by interning for a Republican congresswoman in your hometown of South Dakota. Pretty par for the course stuff.

I’d imagine you were thrilled when you went in for an interview in San Diego and got offered your own show in 2014. Nothing like a good All-American story. Hometown girl pulls herself up by her theoretical bootstraps and makes it big in a big city with her own show. You lucked up. You live in the day and age where social media is a helpful tool in furthering just about anything you want it to. The internet loves viral sensations and you were just that after your words at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and after the Chattanooga shootings, both in 2015.

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You likened the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK 

You were then offered a position in Texas where you found your niche calling in three-minute hot takes at the end of your new show, where you were free to talk about any and everything. More like rant, but what are semantics when you’re pushing an agenda, right?

Now, in the ever-timely words of grandparents everywhere; God don’t like ugly.

You likened the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK. For the uninformed (you), Black Lives Matter is simply bringing the police and justice system of this country to accountability in how the police interact with communities of color. Not like you could relate or anything, but there are people in this country that would like to not run the risk of dying for no reason other than coming across a trigger-happy cop. I also don’t know if you knew, but like, the KKK has a history of murdering people, burning crosses into lawns, destroying property and the list goes on. They only look to recruit a certain type of person: white. Those are some pretty terrorist group type things to me, but they’re white so it fits. Right?

Semantics. 

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Or that time you loudly and proudly called fleeing refugees “rape-ugees,” when white men aged 18-25 on spring break, or anywhere really, can also fit that title to a well-fitted gym T. They invade whatever tourist spot is hot south of the border, (that you want a wall to be built to separate btw- where will all those boys go? Hm. Ironic.) where they litter, harass and oh yes, rape. The actual refugees are people are FLEEING from war torn countries, looking for safety and a place to care for their families. But what you decided to rant to your core audience, (not that they needed much coaching after centuries of racism in this country) was “not white, not alright”. We’re seeing the pattern here. Oh well. It could’ve all been so simple, but you decided to be racist.

One thing about living in the digital age, especially when you want to be in the public eye: receipts are only a click away. It truly didn’t even have to be all of this. You saw an opportunity and you stepped on the backs of millions of people in the process. Then you messed up.

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Now see, all the people you offended knew that eventually you’d put your foot in your mouth to the point that you would step on your own audiences toes. You’ve already pissed just about everyone else off. Feeling quite chilly now are we there, snowflake? Ironically it was because you admitted that you were pro-choice (probably the most logical thing you’ve ever come out with). Sure, they slapped your hands and suspended you for a week and you’ve lost your position at your current soapbox but we all know one of the bigger fish in the pool will scoop you up. You are still a necessary mouthpiece to keep the target audience riled up and parroting and well… society seems to love astounding mediocrity when it fits the look they’re going for. Simple and sad fact.

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Now you? You’re on twitter asking for understanding on your personal beliefs and views when you didn’t allow that for any of the groups you verbally tore down. I live for the irony of it all. To fix this media storm, you may even double down on your inflammatory speech and bigoted messages, but your main audience? They now see what everyone else sees in you. They know you’re not fully one of theirs and you can’t be trusted, because if you could disagree with them on one of their bigger talking points- what else will you disagree with them about?

Your winter is coming and I’m hard pressed to say that too many people will be feeling sorry for you. Seasons are changing.

Written by Aubri Elle
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You are what happens when platform, fear-mongering and the “right” features create the perfect storm.

You’ve obviously been an ambitious young woman, having hosted and associate produced for your university’s political show, The Scramble. You then followed that up by interning for a Republican congresswoman in your hometown of South Dakota. Pretty par for the course stuff.

I’d imagine you were thrilled when you went in for an interview in San Diego and got offered your own show in 2014. Nothing like a good All-American story. Hometown girl pulls herself up by her theoretical bootstraps and makes it big in a big city with her own show. You lucked up. You live in the day and age where social media is a helpful tool in furthering just about anything you want it to. The internet loves viral sensations and you were just that after your words at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and after the Chattanooga shootings, both in 2015.

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You likened the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK 

You were then offered a position in Texas where you found your niche calling in three-minute hot takes at the end of your new show, where you were free to talk about any and everything. More like rant, but what are semantics when you’re pushing an agenda, right?

Now, in the ever-timely words of grandparents everywhere; God don’t like ugly.

You likened the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK. For the uninformed (you), Black Lives Matter is simply bringing the police and justice system of this country to accountability in how the police interact with communities of color. Not like you could relate or anything, but there are people in this country that would like to not run the risk of dying for no reason other than coming across a trigger-happy cop. I also don’t know if you knew, but like, the KKK has a history of murdering people, burning crosses into lawns, destroying property and the list goes on. They only look to recruit a certain type of person: white. Those are some pretty terrorist group type things to me, but they’re white so it fits. Right?

Semantics. 

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Or that time you loudly and proudly called fleeing refugees “rape-ugees,” when white men aged 18-25 on spring break, or anywhere really, can also fit that title to a well-fitted gym T. They invade whatever tourist spot is hot south of the border, (that you want a wall to be built to separate btw- where will all those boys go? Hm. Ironic.) where they litter, harass and oh yes, rape. The actual refugees are people are FLEEING from war torn countries, looking for safety and a place to care for their families. But what you decided to rant to your core audience, (not that they needed much coaching after centuries of racism in this country) was “not white, not alright”. We’re seeing the pattern here. Oh well. It could’ve all been so simple, but you decided to be racist.

One thing about living in the digital age, especially when you want to be in the public eye: receipts are only a click away. It truly didn’t even have to be all of this. You saw an opportunity and you stepped on the backs of millions of people in the process. Then you messed up.

IMG_2757

Now see, all the people you offended knew that eventually you’d put your foot in your mouth to the point that you would step on your own audiences toes. You’ve already pissed just about everyone else off. Feeling quite chilly now are we there, snowflake? Ironically it was because you admitted that you were pro-choice (probably the most logical thing you’ve ever come out with). Sure, they slapped your hands and suspended you for a week and you’ve lost your position at your current soapbox but we all know one of the bigger fish in the pool will scoop you up. You are still a necessary mouthpiece to keep the target audience riled up and parroting and well… society seems to love astounding mediocrity when it fits the look they’re going for. Simple and sad fact.

IMG_2768

Now you? You’re on twitter asking for understanding on your personal beliefs and views when you didn’t allow that for any of the groups you verbally tore down. I live for the irony of it all. To fix this media storm, you may even double down on your inflammatory speech and bigoted messages, but your main audience? They now see what everyone else sees in you. They know you’re not fully one of theirs and you can’t be trusted, because if you could disagree with them on one of their bigger talking points- what else will you disagree with them about?

Your winter is coming and I’m hard pressed to say that too many people will be feeling sorry for you. Seasons are changing.

Written by Aubri Elle
My Trump Supporting Friends, more about

Up until this past election, prostate I always thought losing friendships strictly from politics was the most idiotic thing. I mean not everyone we encounter is going to have the same viewpoint as us. That would be rather boring if you ask me. I love that I can debate with y’all for hours (literally) about any given topic because it not only challenges my views but also allows me to see it from a different perspective. And even though by the end, I’m often left with a headache, the idea of two people being so passionate about something has a cool kind of beauty to it. However, this past presidential election is much different than any other. The amount of arguments I’ve gotten into is endless, and there’s no telling how many twitter followers I’ve lost (and am still losing) from my daily anti-Trump tweets. To My Trump Supporting Friends Family Guy In the beginning of the election, I would always get mad at myself for taking offense to some of you guys’ support for Trump; I assumed I was just being petty. As I listened to you voice your support for him, I would stay quiet. But on the inside, I was screaming while experiencing about 5,000 different emotions. But why was I so angry and bothered by it, it wasn’t personal, it was just politics, right? For the longest time, I kept my discomfort to myself not wanting to be labeled as “butt-hurt” or as just another “angry black girl”. However, as the election progressed, it became harder and harder to stay quiet. Finally, I reached out to one of my minority friends in our friend group (I should mention most of my friends are white) and told her how I felt every time I seen or heard one of our friends voice their support of Trump. Turns out she felt the exact same way. We ended up ranting for the rest of the day about the level of frustration and hurt we felt towards it. Then it hit me, we had every right to be angry and hurt and frustrated along with any other emotion we felt because it was personal.

Unlike any other President, Trump is a bigot who resorts to bullying and belittling anyone who challenges him. Everything about his campaign was personal. Him mocking the mentally retarded reporter, him calling Hillary Clinton a nasty woman, him vowing to build a wall to keep out the “rapists and criminal” immigrants, him rating women not on their personality and intellect but rather on their appearance, him bragging about being allowed to grope women simply because of his celebrity status; the list is truly endless, and we would be here all day if I attempted to name every single thing, but you get the point. This man is not respectful by any means. He constantly singles out minority groups and minimizes them. So to know of his policies and of all the things he has done, how can you still support him, yet call yourself my friend? Excuse me, but I think it would be a bit weird if I didn’t get mad.

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I know what you’re thinking, everyone has a right to their own opinion, and just because you support Trump doesn’t make you racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. And you’re right, it doesn’t. However, it does label you a bystander. Someone who is present at an event or incident yet does not take part of it which in my opinion is worse. Your support shows you see nothing wrong with his bullying and bigotry as long as you’re not the one committing it; that it’s okay to treat people a certain way. This very acceptance of his behavior then leads to other people believing that it’s okay to be prejudice against, bully, and call-out certain groups because after all, our president is doing it, so why not?

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I know this may seem like an attack, and you are probably offended, but my goal here is not to “drag” you. Like I said before, I understand everyone has a right to an opinion, and I respect that, but you supporting Trump is highly offensive. And before you disagree and write me off please just do one thing: be aware. Take a step back from your privilege and truly educate yourself. Watch the “fake” news, read the articles and “alternative” facts, see what he stands for and how his policies and actions are affecting the ones around you. It’s easy for us to ignore certain issues when they do not directly affect us, but that is something that cannot happen. We must “stay woke”, and fight for each other.

Written by Nia Quinn

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Twitter: @NiaQuinn

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