Chill, a new app helps MAGA hat wearers find Trump-friendly businesses
There’s an app you can download that lists Trump-friendly businesses in your area.
Yes, you are reading that correctly…
If you and your family are open Trump supporters who want to dine out, shop or publicly support hate in peace — there’s now an app for that, the Washington Post announced Tuesday.
The name of the app is called 63red Safe. It’s designed to help users identify which establishments are MAGA inclusive to avoid confrontation, backlash or refusal of service.
— 63red (@63red) March 6, 2019
There’s no secret that hate crimes are on the rise in the U.S. This year alone there’s been a 17 percent increase, making it the third year of such rising in a row.
Of the race-based incidents reported forty-nine percent were “motivated by anti-Black or African American bias” while 17.5 percent were targeted at white individuals, according to the 2017 FBI Hate Crime report.
As suggested in the study, people of color experience far more hate crimes and have been under the duress of racially-charged discrimination for years. It’s just white people who are new to it.
While Trumps’s America remains invigorated by his election, policies, and speech, they’ve entered a new realm of security and oppression of sorts, since outwardly standing by him.
Headlines like: Woman viciously attacked for wearing MAGA hat, Bartender disciplined for refusing service to man in MAGA hat, and Bus aid yanks MAGA hat off student’s head are just a few of what have been many instances that right-wingers have been under attack in the public sphere.
“I’m trying to position it as an everyday ‘where can I go eat safely’ app,” Scott Wallace, the app’s founder, tells The Daily Beast.
When you open the app, instead of reviewing a shop for its affordability or timeliness, in a series of four questions you can find out if the restaurant’s owners make political social-media posts and whether they allow customers to carry weapons.
“Does this business serve persons of every political belief?” the app’s questions read. “Will this business protect its customers if they are attacked for political reasons?”
Wallace believes the app will grow in popularity as the 2020 election nears, predicting more attacks on MAGA hat lover that will make for easy customers.
“I believe that, between now and 2020, we’re going to see the rise of the socialist goon squad,” Wallace said. “I think Antifa was nothing compared between now and what’s coming in 2020. And I’m deeply concerned.”
Physically assaulting someone because of an article of clothing they are wearing is not going to solve any issues and having a family meal ruined because of a political choice seems a bit harsh, but so is the message the hat represents.
Alyssa Milano called the MAGA hat the “new white hood,” referencing the robes worn by the KKK and she’s not too off base.
Think of where you’ve seen them over the past two years — at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, in the Instagram avatar of the Parkland shooter, or causing a stir at any protest — it’s hard to imagine the wearer doesn’t know what they’re getting themselves into putting the Make America Great Again garments on.
The app’s success is still to be determined but if we ever needed evidence to just how divisive politics have gotten, this is it.