A video from a recent pro-Trump rally shows some of the president’s most fervent supporters calling for “genocide” against their political opponents.
Maricopa County, Arizona, which gave Donald Trump the most votes of any other county in America, had a “March for Trump” last week, and footage from the gathering shows a rally filled with the same unhinged paranoia and enraged racism that came to define Trump’s campaign rallies in 2016.
A frequent topic from speakers and attendees revolved around various ethnic and religious groups who were unwelcome in America.
“If you don’t like it here, go to Syria, go to someplace else,” one attendee shouted to anti-Trump protesters.
“I don’t want ’em, as a veteran I don’t want ’em, let ’em go back home,” another said. “If they’ve got a problem, let Saudi Arabia take care of ’em.”
“This is America, we don’t want Sharia Law,” one attendee told Dan Cohen of The Real News Network, adding that America was “Christian country.”
A 13-year-old Trump supporter said of a protester that “If she is Jewish, she should go back to her country.”
“Where are the gay pride events in Gaza?” said one man into a bullhorn. “I have a gay friend who’d like to go to one.”
When Cohen asked one of the few black people attending the event why so few people of color were present, he theorized that “They don’t want to stand up for their fellow white people. It took white people standing up for us to get us through the civil rights movement and give us civil rights. It’s going to take black people and colored people standing up for white people.”
“I’ve never liked McCain too much. His mask came off. I think there’s reason to believe he was working for the enemy when he was at Hanoi Hilton,” said another supporter, who also said that “there’s a lot there” in regards to the absurd Pizzagate conspiracy, which alleged that Clinton campaign officials ran a child prostitution ring out of a Washington D.C. pizzeria.
“I just want to let them know I can’t wait for the liberal genocide to begin,” said another Trump supporter. When asked to clarify his comments, he said “That’s the way to make America great again. Liberals are destroying the country.”
Also in attendance were local militia men, armed to the teeth with rifles, camouflage, and tactical gear.
Speakers at the rally, some of whom are current and past government officials, gleefully stoked the hysteria.
“They showed the proof about the birth certificate,” said event emcee Tim Horn, referencing Trump’s long-debunked claim that President Obama was born in Kenya. “It’s out there… and I, for one, and I hope you, want the Trump administration to find out the rest…
“The Democratic Party is the Socialist Party of the United States. Because they’re anti-Americans, they’re not pro-Americans. They are liars and misleaders, and they want to wipe us out. We need to wipe them out.
“I heard ‘lock her up, lock her up,’ and we still need to pursue that,” said Arizona Congressman Anthony Kern of Hillary Clinton.
These claims were met with wild cheers and chants of “Build that wall! Build that wall!”
“Proud as can be,” said a man dressed in an orange wig and Trump’s trademark red tie. “I’m as happy as I’ve been, almost in my lifetime. So I would do this every day for the rest of my life.”
Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. His less-political Youtube channel can be found here. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW