Many Trump supporters have been subjected to an unprecedented number of both verbal and physical assaults. Since the beginning, they have endured being labeled as racists and bigots, shot with pepper spray and, in some cases, violently beaten.
Being mocked, ridiculed, or bullied has become commonplace. But, like the president they elected, they don’t back down. Ever.
Last month Charlotte resident, Kayla Hart, visited her local Starbucks wearing her Trump shirt and was mocked by employees. Rather than ask her name for her order, baristas wrote, “build a wall” on her cup.But Hart didn’t make a scene. She called the corporate office and filed a complaint, and was offered the customary apology. However, some of her fellow Trump supporters found a better way to teach Starbucks about tolerance and acceptance. 50 people showed up in their best Trump gear to place an order.
There were members from several local conservative groups in attendance at the “sit-in,” including some from the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, Hispanics for Trump, Women for Trump, and a pro-Trump LGBT group. To lighten what some supporters said was an “initially tense situation,” they placed their order using names from President Trump’s administration— including Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The demonstration completely filled the Starbucks location, including the parking lot. James Tatro, a board member from MCRP, told the Charlotte Observer that the group had no demands, but rather they just wanted to stand-up to a business who was disrespectful of their political views.
“We wanted the staff to see that Trump supporters are just as human as anyone else,” said Tatro. “We live in a diverse city. It’s unacceptable in a modern society to make a customer feel uncomfortable, whether it’s a liberal business mistreating a conservative customer or a conservative business mistreating a liberal customer.”
While there was a significant amount of humor and common sense, there was no nasty name-calling and no violence at the event. It was just a peaceful demonstration the way political dissent was meant to be. These proud Americans defended their rights and their president in a shining example of how love is supposed to “Trump” hate.