Trump shouted “get her out of here” and then called me a “young woman that doesn’t know… she’s lost”. I was pushed through the crowd by supporters who shoved signs in my face. Someone punched me in the chest with their fist while all around me they chanted, “Trump! Trump!” as loud as they could. A few people in the crowd apparently tried to return my jacket, which I had left behind in the scuffle, to me, but Trump told them “leave her jacket there… to hell with her.” Las Vegas police then dragged me through the crowd to the street, where they said if I came back I would be charged with trespassing. I was shaking from the gauntlet of hatred I was pushed through.
Trump’s hate has only served to further inflame Islamophobic and anti-immigrant tensions. “By the media elevating his hate, the other Republican candidates are escalating their hate. By joining the call you also put the media and political institutions on notice that they are accountable for normalising Trump’s extremism by treating it as entertainment, by giving it inordinate and unequal air time and by refusing to investigate, interrogate or condemn it appropriately,” declared Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues.
Hate begets hate and we know it leads to war. Please stand with us to stop the hate.
“Our democracy cannot be left in the hands of those who would rather watch or participate in a train wreck than stop it.” says Kimberlee Crenshaw, founder of #SayHerName.
Thank you for your support!
Chelsea and Michaela from the CODEPINK LA office
P.S. See a video of Trump reacting to our “Stop Hate!” message as we disrupted his rally in Las Vegas recently!