The New York Times last October visited “Trumpstock,” a small Arizona festival celebrating President Donald Trump, and spoke to multiple attendees “who extol him as a cultural champion reclaiming the country from undeserving outsiders,” according to an article released Monday.
"Trumpstock" speakers included local GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, an unnamed "fringe 2020 Senate candidate in Arizona who ran a website that published sexually explicit photos of women without their consent," and a Trump-supporting rapper who has used a racist slur against former President Barack Obama in his lyrics while performing at the festival.
Multiple speakers at the festival spoke of their fears that immigration from Mexico, and the idea that this will lead to non-white people becoming the majority in Arizona within a decade.
Times national politics reporter Astead Herndon visited the festival, held in Golden Valley, Arizona, and spoke to several attendees about their views on Trump, the United States, and how they are viewed by non-Trump supporters.
"They label us white nationalists, or white supremacists," said Guy Taiho Decker, who the Times describes as a "right-wing protestor" who has been arrested in the past after allegedly making terrorist threats.
“There’s no such thing as a white supremacist, just like there’s no such thing as a unicorn," Decker added. "We’re patriots."
“I don’t have a problem with Muslims, but can they take the rag off their head out of respect for our country?” said Angus Smith of Arizona, one of the festival’s attendees
"We like to call this the 'Red Wall of Arizona,'" said Laurence Schiff, psychiatrist and Mohave County GOP campaign official who is assisting the Trump campaign. “Winning the state starts here, with us.”
One attendee said he was stockpiling guns in case Trump is not re-elected, saying that "nothing less than a civil war would happen,” in that case. “I don’t believe in violence, but I’ll do what I got to do."
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