Darrell Vickers of Oak Island, N.C. went to the Donald Trump rally in Wilmington on Tuesday expecting to see and hear some rhetoric. But what he heard instead was an incitement to violence against Hillary Clinton.
As of Wednesday night, Trump’s campaign was still reeling from the comment Trump let fly at that Wilmington rally. Try as they might, they just can’t unring that bell. Or unblow that dog whistle. Trump himself is openly lying about what he said, which is to be expected by a pathological liar. When lying didn’t work he began to brag that his
minions followers like him even more now that he has placed a target on Hillary’s back.
Many people have weighed in on the comment. Dan Rather was brutally honest about how history will view Trump and this comment in particular. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called him a “pathetic coward” and taunted him on Twitter about being beaten by a girl.
But people wanted to know who that guy was behind Trump when the dog whistle blew. So CNN tracked him down. Darrell Vickers is a retired engineer and, despite his shock at hearing the comment in question, defended The Donald. Vickers would, however, like to offer Trump some behavioral advice for Southern stops:
I can’t believe he said it. I was just absolutely taken aghast. Had we had a chance to talk to him, I would have taken him to the shed. Down here in the south, we don’t curse in front of women, we don’t drink liquor in front of the preacher, and we don’t make jokes like that in public.
Dave Itzkoff caught the moment and Tweeted it:
Watch the guy seated behind Trump react as he says it. Appears to say "whoa" or "wow." https://t.co/5iZCS9ybVV
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 9, 2016
So Vickers, too, is convinced that the comment was a joke. Backing off from his initial shock, Vickers told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that he was concerned that the “liberal media” (oh lord, that nonsense again) would twist Trump’s words so that “people will misconstrue it.”
Misconstrue? Does he not understand the concept of context? Good grief, he even gets that Trump says things he shouldn’t but can’t grasp context?
Vickers continued to defend Trump, even if he would have laid a whooping on him over that remark.
I believe he has the kind of integrity that we need in this country. He’s honest and I am convinced he has the moral fiber to lead this country.
Integrity? This is a guy who refuses to release his tax returns, something every presidential candidate has done for decades. Moral fiber? You do realize this guy cheated on his first wife with his second wife, whom he then cheated on with his third wife, right? And have you heard the creepy comments he has made about his daughter? Moral fiber my arse!
Look, when your first reaction to a comment is to drop your jaw, gasp and say, “Whoah,” there may just be a reason. Your subconscious picked up on the meaning of that ugly comment just as it is meant to do when hearing a dog whistle. How you treat it is a reflection on your integrity and moral fiber.
Watch the full CNN interview here:
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