If you thought Americans were civilized enough to allow fellow citizens to support and vote for whoever they choose, think again. This presidential election cycle seems to have brought out the worst in people. Maybe it’s always been this hostile during election cycles, but I certainly don’t recall it.
The Rivas family has spent the last 20 years building a restaurant business from the ground up. Now that business is being threatened because Betty Rivas dared to attend the Donald Trump rally on Saturday.
Hoping to get Donald Trump’s attention she made a sign “Latinos Support D. Trump”. It worked.
“Surprise to me he said, I love you darling”, said Rivas, “Donald Trump is a little funny, and he said c’mon, c’mon and I go up and say hi and that’s it.”
Rivas said she wanted to hear what Donald Trump had to say. She said she also attended the Bernie Sanders rally. But word of her Trump appearance soon spread on Facebook and the comments followed. Many called for a boycott of her business, Sammy’s Mexican Grill in Catalina. Other comments were more threatening. And then the phone started ringing at her restaurant, hundreds of calls that included threats of violence.
How sad for this poor lady and her family. For simply exercising her democratic right to hear from the candidates directly. For taking time out of her schedule to personally go to the rallies to hear their stump speeches. Not just one candidate, but two.
If fellow citizens saw her there, recognized her, and decided to boycott her restaurant as a result of her attendance at a rally, that’s certainly their choice. But to threaten her with violence and disrupt her business… that’s about as un-American as it gets. Shame on them!
It can have a chilling effect when business owners and private citizens have to be concerned about their livelihood for simply attending a campaign stump speech. Democracy takes guts. You have to be willing to fight for what you believe is right. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to threaten someone else!
Fortunately, in this case, it looks like Ms. Rivas and her business have come out on top, as floods of people have voiced support to drown out the haters. That’s as it should be! How VERY American…
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