Why we should name the unashamed at Trump rallies

When Trump mocked Dr. Ford at a rally I watched the video of the people behind him smiling, laughing and clapping. My first thought was, “Name ’em and shame ’em!” But as many pointed out to me, “These people HAVE no shame!”  So is naming the unashamed at Trump rallies a useless activity? No, and I’ll Vulcansplain why.

Who is 1) Gold Tie Guy? 2) Tan Hat Guy? 3) Grinning Glasses Guy?

These people chose to attend the rally.  They volunteered to stand behind Trump. They are the opposite of ashamed, they are proud to be on national TV showing their support for Trump as he mocked Dr. Ford. It was an honor.  

Who is 4) Mutton Chop Guy? 5) Beaded Laughing Guy 6) Red Hat Logo Guy 7) Happy Mocking Woman

People suggest name and shame, because they know it would work on them if they said something considered shameful by themselves, their friends and family.

If you showed a video of me laughing, clapping and cheering for Trump as he mocked Dr. Ford, my family, friends and clients would be shocked. Someone would ask me, “What the what!? Is that Spocko’s brain tumor talking?”

My activist friends would ask, “A new deep cover action?” My close personal friend George Soros would call and ask “What’s wrong with you Spocko?” Then he would thank me for volunteering my services. That is what my friends, family and business associates would do based on who they are and what they believe is shameful.  In this case we have shared beliefs. They also know from my writing and activism that this behaviour would be out of character.

But the people at the Trump rally like what Trump is saying. You can tell by the looks on their faces right after he talks and their applause. (I’ve circled them in the video when they started smiling, laughing and applauding. )

If we found them and asked, ‘Is this you in the photo?” they wouldn’t run away from it, they would embrace it.

We need to remember that laughing as Trump mocked Dr. Ford is viewed as a good thing. In their circles it won them approval and gained them social status. It might have made them and their associates money. It might even lead to votes in an upcoming election.

These events are supposed to support local politicians, so there will be lots of Trump supporting Republican politicians at them. This is where your local knowledge and the media’s need to identify prominent people can come in handy. For example, here is a tweet from Chris Dunker of the Lincoln Star Journal at the Trump rally in Council Bluffs Iowa.

That photo was useful now you can see from this video footage of  that Nebraska state senator Steve Halloran is chanting along with the crowd, “Lock her up.” referring to Senator Dianne Feinstein following Trump’s accusation that she leaked the memo about Dr. Ford’s allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh.

But Why Name Them Now?
Each new Trump rally is an opportunity to identify more people who are proud supporters of what Trump says. After Plaid Shirt Guy was spotted making faces after the rally, the Trump advance team only puts real supporters behind him. Now is the time to name them.

Where will these Trump supporters be next? Here a link to the complete list. Don’t forget to buy some merch!

Missoula, Montana
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mesa, Arizona
Friday, October 19, 2018

Elko, Nevada
Saturday October 20, 2018

Houston, Texas
Monday , October 22, 2018

Prepare The Neck Millstones For The Trump Crash 

I’ve worked with brand managers for major corporations who sponsored athletes and movie stars. When a celebrity athlete or performer says or does something that is considered horrible by the company, they often drop sponsorship. Even if that celebrity made them millions of dollars. Words can sometimes be clarified or “walked back” but no amount of Jello pudding pops sales excuse maintaining support for a convicted rapist.

This is especially the case when the words or actions of a person they sponsor are not in line with what the company stated they stand for. That said, I’ve learned that not everyone has the same values! Surprise!

There are employers, clients and sponsors who say, “Yes! Way to go Gold Tie Guy! Laughing and applauding Trump while he mocks Dr. Ford is in line with our values.”

I want to make clear that Gold Tie Guy and the rest are all free to express their political views. It’s their right. This is America. I’m also not the government and I won’t pass any law limiting your right to freedom of speech.  Also lots of people support politicians who have views and policies they don’t agree with. Their friends, family, employers or clients are probably aware of their political support for Trump. What they might not be aware of  is the very specific support they gave to Trump as he mocked Dr. Ford.

So if it’s his right, and his friends, family, employers or clients are aware and are fine with it, why go about identifying them now? Because soon Trump and the views he exposed will experience a huge setback. Then they will go into denial mode. But the video of them supporting morally repugnant views will continue to exist.  

The illegal, immoral and traitorous actions leading to Trump’s and the GOP’s wins will be revealed.  That will trigger the denials, “Trump? I don’t agree with a lot of what he says but….” That is when you bring out the video of them at the rally applauding Trump as he mocked Dr. Ford.

Doubling Down On A Loser, Lose Twice As Much!

I believe in people’s ability to change and grow in both wisdom and compassion. I also know some people chose not to change. They see empathy is a weakness. Compassion is for losers. They see “doubling down” on a losing hand over and over as a smart move because they don’t know statistics.

However, following a November win I expect people giving advice on Thanksgiving family gatherings to tell us to refrain from “rubbing salt in the wounds” of conservative family members who supported Trump and his views.  At that time, if conservatives reach out to us, we should be open to hearing from them.

But it’s a different for people who knowingly chose to celebrate the mocking, lying, cheating, bullying and law breaking of Trump and the GOP.  They believed that nothing mattered on the way to a “win.”

They trumpeted their support of cruelty on national TV.  They hitched their wagon to a dark star that will be crashing to earth. The need to feel the heat or they will never learn.

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