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Wed Nov 22, 2023, 01:13 PM Nov 2023

Trump Rallies are Tutorials in Hate, Vulgarity, and Disrespect


“MOM, I DON’T THINK YOU SHOULD SEE THIS. You should leave the room.”

That was my younger son, age 7 or 8, purportedly trying to “protect” me years ago from a risqué music video on MTV.

We were relatively permissive parents. The boys watched MTV and The Simpsons from an early age—so many episodes of the latter so many times each that even now, in their thirties, both of them can spout the perfect bit of dialogue to fit any occasion, no matter how surreal. I see now they were right—that show was hilariously and cuttingly on the nose about everything.

I thought of all this while reading a Washington Post account of a Donald Trump rally in Iowa. I thought I knew what these rallies were like: I watched one start to finish back in 2016 and since then I’ve read many verbatim transcripts of Trump rallies and speeches. And I thought I knew Iowa and its unique political culture: I spent much of the 1990s and 2000s covering its liberal peaceniks, conservative Christians, caucuses and straw polls. I figured that, like many journalists and Americans in general, I was shockproof after eight years of Trump, though I’ve tried hard to avoid becoming numb or bored or exhausted.

Hannah Knowles has proved I am not shockproof. Her Post story about Trump’s rally in Fort Dodge on Saturday is, in fact, a continuing series of new shocks. That’s because her focus is not only on Trump but on the people who came to see him, and their children. Brace yourself:

Children wandered around in shirts and hats with the letters “FJB,” an abbreviation for an obscene jab at President Biden that other merchandise spelled out: “Fuck Biden.” . . .

One of Trump’s introductory speakers from the Iowa state legislature declared anyone who kneels for the national anthem is a “disrespectful little shit,” quickly drawing a roaring response. And outside the packed venue, vulgar slogans about Biden and Vice President Harris were splashed across T-shirts: “Biden Loves Minors.” “Joe and the Ho Gotta Go!” One referred to Biden and Harris performing sexual acts.

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Trump Rallies are Tutorials in Hate, Vulgarity, and Disrespect (Original Post) Nevilledog Nov 2023 OP
Just shocking gratuitous Nov 2023 #1
Plenty of people did warn about these monsters ExWhoDoesntCare Nov 2023 #2
Yep, they're monsters. No need to be nice -- if you ever were. shrike3 Nov 2023 #4
That's why all the maggots love him. 🤬 🤮 🤬 🤮 🤬 a kennedy Nov 2023 #3


(82,849 posts)
1. Just shocking
Wed Nov 22, 2023, 01:19 PM
Nov 2023

The defendant's supporters are every bit as vindictive, vengeful and victimized as he is! The nation reels in surprise that, just as Hillary Clinton said, they're a basket of deplorables.

Why didn't someone warn us?



(4,741 posts)
2. Plenty of people did warn about these monsters
Wed Nov 22, 2023, 05:46 PM
Nov 2023

It's not our fault too few were listening. And that too many still ignore the warnings.

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