President Trump and his supporters have proven recently that they are willing to go to extreme lengths to create the illusion that those who align with the president are not all white and racist. First, a pro-Trump Twitter account posted an old photo of two black Trump supporters in a misguided attempt at trolling counter-protesters who attended yesterday’s free speech march in Boston.
Now, the Trump campaign is allegedly looking to hire minority actors to attend his Phoenix rally for $10 per hour. On Sunday, organizer and activist Marcus Ferrell tweeted a photo of a Craigslist ad calling for minority actors to hold pro-Trump signs at the rally, which is scheduled to take place this week on Tuesday.
— Marcus Ferrell (@Marcus4America) August 20, 2017
Trump’s people are clearly desperate to send the message that people of color support the president, but that’s not all. According to right-wing reporter Mike Cernovich, some are also allegedly planning on dressing up as anti-fascist protesters, presumably to try and create drama at Tuesday’s event.
Cernovich tweeted this news on Saturday afternoon:
I’m told some Trump supporters will be wearing ANTIFA attire and going undercover during Trump Phoenix rally. https://t.co/NGHaTNcE9g
— Mike Cernovich ?? (@Cernovich) August 19, 2017
Neither of these stories has yet been confirmed. However, whether they end up being true or not, Tuesday’s rally is still guaranteed to be eventful. According to ABC News, Trump’s remarks are expected to be centered around his ongoing feud with Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.
Flake published a book last month, titled Conscience of a Conservative, that questions Trump’s Republican values. He also criticized Trump last week for his callous response to the violent white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. Flake said that Republicans, including Trump, “can’t claim to be the party of Lincoln if we equivocate in condemning white supremacy.”
Meanwhile, Trump called Flake “weak” in one of his petty tweets and threw his support behind Flake’s primary opponent, former State Senator Kelli Ward.
Responses to the above tweets from Ferrell and Cernovich about the upcoming rally were mixed, but many people made it clear that they’re not surprised those who align themselves with President Trump are willing to go to extremes to try and push his — and their — agenda.
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