When the Donald Trump Facebook Superweapon Targets You
Prideful bullying politics.
As of this Thursday morning, there were 112,096 members of “Donald Trump For President 2016!!!!!!,” a Facebook group that functions as a forum for white grief and racially charged meme pics. You’d better hope they don’t ever find a reason to dislike you, because they will make your life very shitty very fast—which is exactly what happened to anti-Trump activists and college students Diana Chavira and Ben Bobo.
Last month, Chavira and Bobo used Facebook to organize a protest at a March 11th Trump rally in Chicago. It’s now a given that attending such an event with anything other than a mind that is pure for Donald and a face that is as white (or orange) as his puts you at risk of physical harm—rally violence is now the norm (Does Trump himself even enjoy it anymore?). But it’s less expected that the rancor will follow you out of the building.
Trump ultimately canceled his appearance at the Chicago rally that day, and although supporters and protesters still physically clashed, Chavira said their own visit “went smoothly.” But only in person. Before the rally had even ended, Chavira and Bobo’s photos and phone numbers, home addresses, and workplace information were posted in Donald Trump For President 2016!!!!!! in an effort to punish them for their protest. On the page, mere pixels away, was a stated policy against harassment and the publication of personal information: