As Hillary supporters made their way out of the gymnasium, an officer in riot gear pointed and said “that way only.” I stopped in my tracks when I saw where he wanted us to go. The sole exit from the campus was a narrow walkway approximately 40 feet long, lined 2-3 people deep on each side with more than a hundred screaming, cursing, jeering, angry Bernie supporters pushing hateful signs into people’s faces. They stood above the path on a two foot cement border wall, looming over and into the walkway, shouting SHAME ON YOU!
A scan of the signs revealed the same tired slurs rotated out against Hillary for decades. “Liar,” “Wall Street Shill” “Murderer” “Frack You” “Hillary Deports Children” “Clinton Crime Family” “Release the Transcripts.” A large sign written in drippy red paint screamed “Honduras!” and “You killed Berta Cáceres!” Conspiracy theories abounded, each one could easily be refuted with basic research from reliable sources, or a visit to snopes.com.
Entering the gauntlet, two protesters cursed and shouted through megaphones mere feet away, ringing eardrums. One of the megaphone men was dressed in a loincloth, partially exposing himself, his face painted red and wearing a headdress of feathers. A young girl in a pink jacket jabbed her fingers at people as they passed and yelled “Get out of here, get out of here! You’re not from here, none of you!”
Every single Hillary supporter was forced to pass through the tunnel of hate. Some smiled defiantly, flashed peace signs, sang and danced their way through. Some angrily flipped the bird and shouted back, shoving signs out of their faces. Some took pictures, some covered their faces and ran, some sheltered their children and elders. A number of people using wheelchairs or walkers navigated carefully through the bellowing mob. No one was spared. A handmade sign with Hillary’s autograph was ripped from a child’s hands and torn up. Children cried and parents’ faces registered shock, gears turning: “How will I explain this behavior, and why they’re so mad at us?”
The Democrat Party’s chickens have come home to roost.