“America’s Already Great”: What It’s Like To Be Roughed Up By Trump Thugs

Three weeks out from the first votes of the 2016 presidential election, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is better-positioned than ever to win his party’s nomination.

Dismissed as little more than a sideshow just a few months ago, the long-predicted Trump collapse has failed to materialize, and political professionals increasingly view Trump as a possible, perhaps even likely, general election candidate.

The magnate attributes his success to support from a “silent majority,” but Trump backers are neither.

Earlier this week, fed up with Trump’s hateful rhetoric, I traveled to Lowell, MA to protest at a Trump rally.

What I saw horrified me. The crowd packed into the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell resembled nothing so much as a physical manifestation of blinding rage.

Generally speaking, people waiting to enter a political rally are happy and excited, eager to see their favorite candidate. But from the moment I encountered them, Trump supporters seemed to wear a permanent scowl, trading dim-witted barbs about “libtards” and other enemies.

Countless numbers wore shirts attacking Hillary Clinton, often reading “Hillary for Prison 2016.”

Once inside, as we waited for the rally to begin, an announcement played over the PA asking rally attendees to refrain from attacking people who disagreed with Trump. Folks around me laughed menacingly, and remarked that the Trump campaign was asking too much.

But I had no idea what I was in for when a few minutes into Trump’s rambling speech, I held up a sign reading “America’s Already Great.”

It didn’t take long for the glowering people around me to take issue with my sign. A nasal voice behind me told me to put down my sign or else.

I turned to ask the voice’s source, a balding, fat man older than my father, if he disagreed with my sign—which again, contended that America is already a great country.

“You think America’s not great?” I asked. “You think I should hurt you?” he responded.

WATCH: Trump supporters rip up sign of Kiernan Majerus-Collins and friend at Lowell, MA rally.

Things went downhill from there.

Another man, who could have been the goatee-clad brother of my first critic, told me “You’re at a Trump rally? Ditch those,” referring to my sign. “Do you disagree with this?” I shot back. “Yeah. Ditch ’em,” he responded, and at that moment, both of the men grabbed for my sign and tore it up.

The crowd around me began to loudly call for my removal, which was shortly accomplished (although not before the first man hit me on the head and tried to grab me).

The next day, a video of the encounter shot by a friend of mine who’d accompanied me, went viral, and in the days since I’ve become even more familiar with the special brand of thuggery and intimidation Trump’s supporters practice.

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My family and I received death threats, and messages poured in calling me every name in the book (although typically, the names were misspelled).

If this was an isolated incident, it would be awful, but it wouldn’t have any greater meaning.

But I’m sad to say my experience is part of a pattern.

Trump is running a campaign fueled by the anger of poorly educated, racist white people, the kind of people who love to criticize “PC culture,” but became offended to the point of violence when I held a sign asserting that ours is a great country.

And as Trump soars in the polls, these people are becoming emboldened. The billionaire blowhard has convinced millions of Americans that not only is their bigoted hatred of Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans and others justified, but that it is the key to making America “great again,” as if it wasn’t great already.

It’s possible that Trump’s fall, so long awaited, will finally come. I certainly hope so. But Trump’s political demise will not undo the damage he has done to our politics, or to America’s reputation in the world.

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About the Author
Kiernan Majerus-Collins is a student at Bates College and the Senior Correspondent at Youth Journalism International.

6 comments on “America’s Already Great”: What It’s Like To Be Roughed Up By Trump Thugs

  1. Fred Marsico says:

    I didn’t understand the support Trump was getting. Your article helps show why some if not a large majority are supporting him. I see Trump as a threat to our nation and not the answer to freedom and constitutional governance

    Please see: http://fixamerica-fredmars.blogspot.com/2015/11/trump-is-pathological-narcissist.html

  2. Sean says:

    General rule, you go into the middle of somebody else’s rally and tell everybody around you how little you think of their beliefs you aren’t going to be treated well. That’s not condoning ripping up your sign, but it’s just a fact of mobs that has nothing to do with Trump. Go to a Black Lives Matters rally, go right out in the thick of them, and hold up a sign that says Black Lives Don’t Matter and see how they react. As to Republicans making libtard jokes, again, you will be at a Sander’s rally for 2 minutes before you here people making ‘Merica and derp jokes. Its easy to provoke a reaction out of people no matter what their race or political affiliation, and it’s disingenuous to go provoke a reaction and then scream racist and uneducated comments. Especially as you are as white as the people you intentionally provoked, and I didn’t hear you poll any of them on their education level.

  3. Jenny says:

    What a joke , just a spoiled brat who needs some attention. This guy is on a pretty high horse, walking around judging and condemning these people like some ultimate arbiter of good. It’s because of people like you does a candidate like Trump seem appealing. Without your kind, there wouldn’t be a need for a Trump.

  4. Greg Saunders says:

    >Trump is running a campaign fueled by the anger of poorly educated, racist white people, the kind of people who love to criticize “PC culture,”

    For a Bernie supporter who probably gets high off of standing up for the “working man”, you seem to have a very negative view of them. Also, I’m sure you wouldn’t say the same thing about black people, who are not as educated as whites.

    >And as Trump soars in the polls, these people are becoming emboldened. The billionaire blowhard has convinced millions of Americans that not only is their bigoted hatred of Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans and others justified, but that it is the key to making America “great again,” as if it wasn’t great already.

    Why should the Republican base, which is 99% white, be happy about being displaced with people who don’t vote like them? Do I have as much of a right to live in China as a Chinese person? To be clear, 3rd world immigration didn’t start until 1965.

    >But I had no idea what I was in for when a few minutes into Trump’s rambling speech, I held up a sign reading “America’s Already Great.”

    What exactly are your views? … *minute later* I see you support Bernie Sanders. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the mainline liberal views on America are
    >guilty of slavery (even though whites ended it and put pressure on African and Arab countries (many of whom ended it as late as the 1960s- 80s)
    >evil for committing genocide against the Native Americans and conquering this land
    > doesn’t pay its workers a “living wage”
    > killed 1M + people in the Iraq war + millions in past, unjust wars
    > home of evil corporations
    >didn’t let women vote and pay them 23 cents less per dollar (which is a total lie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUNHMoWBy2A)
    > not as advanced as Nordic countries because we don’t have universal healthcare
    >late to the gay marriage game in comparison to some european countries

    I can add more positions by request and you can clarify what you support, but even if you support half of these positions (many of which would be enough to disassociate yourself from someone who disagreed with you), how could you think America is great? The Bernie campaign refers to itself as a “political revolution” (more like simply shifting the left’s overton window to accept Nordic socialist esque programs) and wants to radically change America? It doesn’t make sense.

    Also, how hard were you hit over the head? Who give a shit if they tore up your sign?

  5. When you show up at a venue rented for a candidate’s event to hijack it by having your own counter-protest inside the hall that they have paid for, you should expect opposition and ejection.

  6. Gus D says:

    To quote the great Bugs Bunny…..What a maroon. Go to a rally any rally and take up the opposite position and see how long it is till you get bounced. Especially when you’re an entitled elitist.

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