On Thursday, President Trump held a re-election campaign rally at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena, and yours truly was, of course, in attendance. I had planned on both reporting on and participating in the rally, with the emphasis on participating. Yes, you can do both.
I wanted to support my President and in reality, the big guys and girls are already covering the rally. I wanted to cover the people who were there. What was their “Trump Story?”
My editor suggested that since I was granted media access, I should probably wear kahkis, and maybe a polo shirt. Translation – you probably shouldn’t wear Trump gear if you want to be seen as an objective media member.
He is [ALWAYS] right, there is something to be said for professionalism.
The SNHU Arena holds close to 12,000 people and it was close to capacity when the doors finally closed, breaking the arena’s previous attendance record, held by Elton John. Add to that the thousands watching outside the arena. 14,000 – 15,000 people... that’s a lot of racist homophobes.
If you were to believe the narrative that is being pushed by the Democrats- that President Trump, and anyone who supports him, is racist, homophobic, blah, blah, and blah- then you’d believe that this non-white, gay guy who was walking into the heart of MAGA Country would be lucky to make it out alive.
That’s not bleach I smell, is it?
From the moment I began my walk back, people beeped, waved flags and smiled as they gave me the thumbs up. I entered the pub and just like on the street; the shirt was a hit. There were words of support, encouragement and people even took pictures.
As we approached the arena, there was a small line of protesters which I walked right through. One woman spun around and shouted, “Gays for Trump?! Really?!” to which I looked right at her and replied, “Damn straight!” with a wink.
That’s when another woman in a white shirt put her arm around me, pointed at me and shouted “Gays for Trump! Gays for Trump!” I looked at her, she smiled at me and very calmly said “Read my shirt.” Well, I’ll be damned.
Lesbians for Trump.
Now it’s a party.
Let’s just say the protesters pretty much ignored us from that point on, and it was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to exchange info with my new lesbian friend, but President Trump now has another accomplishment to add to his ever-growing list. Bringing gays and lesbians together (That’s a gay joke).
Waiting outside of the arena was a bit of a surreal experience, and it was all because of my shirt. People came up to me with words of encouragement, to thank me for coming and take pictures. Two veterans thanked me and wanted to take a picture. I had no idea what to say.
Anyone who still possesses critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to think for themselves, knows that half of the country isn’t racist, homophobic, blah, blah, blah. I, in no way, shape or form, anticipated any issues with my “Gays for Trump 2020” shirt, but the last time I felt that welcomed in a group that large was when the LGBTQ community accepted everyone regardless of their political affiliation.
Instead of finding out everyone else’s “Trump Story”, I guess I found my own. President Trump is right, it is about the people. The American people, because that’s what we all are and what unites us. When it came down to it, no one really cared that I was gay (which is what we marched for in the first damn place), we were all there for the same thing. Keeping America Great.
What else happened? Brad Parscale threw a hat at me… Oh, and someone else noticed the shirt and gave it a thumbs up. How do ya’ like them apples?
Allan Giberti is the host of RI Red Radio on 990WBOB.com. You can listen to Allan live on Mondays at 7pm and Tuesdays at 8pm. All times Eastern.
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