Give the Trump the Silence He Deserves

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Given that the likely Republican candidate for governor in Montana is an unrepentant bigot, the last thing we want people to see in our state is a full house of Donald Trump supporters cheering on his incoherent, xenophobic rants when he visits the state this week. We’ve got one bigot too many running for high office in the state right now to worry about another developer from back east making the state look bad.

Unable to attend the event in Billings, a local friend and teacher, Jesse Franzen, came up with an excellent way to register our displeasure about the message of a candidate whose half-baked ideas and troubling worldview deserve condemnation.

His answer? Order tickets to the event. And don’t show up. Encourage your friends to do the same. Post your tickets on Facebook and let people just how easy it is to give Trump the empty seats to match his empty suit.

I got four this morning, in two separate orders.

If enough people reserve seats and don’t attend, Trump will receive the exact message someone with his views deserves: our contempt and disregard.

Order your tickets here and make other plans today.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Michael S
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Michael S

So if we’re not supporting Trump, who are we supporting? If you say Clinton, then your website title is very misleading.

NORMA DUFFY
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NORMA DUFFY

Done and I know a good twenty more who did the same thing Don! Genius!

Dave
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Dave

No signs or banners allowed, eh? Well, we should all go, but sneak in vuvuzelas down the legs of our Wranglers, whip them out en-masse and Trumpet his crazy ass into oblivion. (You’re welcome. 🙂

Geoff Spencer
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Geoff Spencer

You people are complete idiots. Get your egotistical heads out of your own asses and take a look at the world with open eyes.

Audrey
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Audrey

That’s the most immature thing I have heard. I worked very hard to ensure that there were no anti Bernie protesters in Billings and this is their answer

Shelob
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Shelob

I think it’s very mature and brilliant!

Skye
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Skye

Here is my sister’s response to this idea, and she is right … You know every candidate has the right to campaign and those who wish to go to any of their campaigns should be able to! It appalls me anyone would deliberately do anything to disrespect that process Or deliberately disrupt anyone’s campaign event! It especially saddens me that a TEACHER would come up with the idea to get tickets just so others can’t attend! To teach our youth that that kind of behavior is okay is NOT okay! Its your right to disagree with others views. Its your… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

How else can we fight back against a rich, bought out campaign that leaves no room for real discussion or reasoning? I for one KNOW that my June 7th vote MIGHT count, and my November vote WILL NOT count. This is one way we can respectfully let this man know he is not welcome here. If we went to the campaign rally and tried to voice our dissent, what would happen? He would have us thrown out and then make some sick sexual comments about us once we were gone. That’s the Trump way. “Make America great again”, by NOT… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

I love the idea, and am doing it…and passing the idea on to all my friends! Thanks!

Jamie
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Jamie

Isn’t it Trump who is disrespecting “the Process”? Banning those who don’t agree with him, trying to degrade the policies of our great country by closing it off to anyone who isn’t rich and white? He is trying to take us back a hundred years to when women, immigrants, and people of color were not allowed to have a say, and were disrespected for just being what they are. This is a great way, as a Montanan, who respects and loves her nation, to say “NO, TRUMP. You cannot have our decent, people loving, down to earth state in your… Read more »

Ashton William
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Ashton William

They oversell tickets so reserving and not showing up will not help your cause. That’s why at every Trump rally there are thousands of people outside that don’t get in. I would argue that sharing this article and discussing on social media will actually encourage more people to go since they will be curious.

Dre
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Dre

What’s scary is this author is a TEACHER and this article is written as if the author has downs.

The author could not form a single political point against Trumps policies and instead spews out main stream media insults as if they’re not absolutely debunked.
Really makes me sad your a teacher though. All those poor kids that have to learn from someone so mentally incapable of forming a true political opinion.

This article proves how slow the author is because he really believes the venue doesn’t oversell the tickets ! LMAO

John Hooks
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John Hooks

It’s appropriate that this dude wrote teacher as TEACHER, as a former student whose life he has unequivocally changed for the better, I’d say Don Pogreba is one hell of a TEACHER.

Ken
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Ken

What happens when a weak, effeminate high school teacher who seems to have some major insecurities with regard to his own intelligence decides to spearhead a laughable campaign against Trump in a backwater town? Find out here!

Edd Blackler
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Edd Blackler

It’s really disappointing to see the pitiful posts by obviously disillusioned Trumpites. I am pleased to note that there are plenty of Montanans who see this bozo for what he is, and will not fall for his malarky.

laker1
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Without getting into all the noise, the objection that the campaign will sell more tickets than there are seats has some support. See Trump campaign gives out 20,000 tickets for 1,400-seat Flynn (http://www.wcax.com/story/30899425/trump-campaign-gives-out-20000-tickets-for-1400-seat-flynn)

Bob Williams
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Bob Williams

Dre and Ken, have been weakly attempting to show off proficiency with hate speach and slander, to crudely word smith a positive into a large scale negative. But zero success to either nabob of negativism!
This blog, plus the evidence that Don wrote from a position likely then unaware of, not imprinted by, MSM features about aspects of Trump’s tropes about HIS CROWD TURNOUT, suggests that Don, like high school teachers should, does comprehend prioritized essentials.

Pogo Possum
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Pogo Possum

I am curious to hear Pete’s and James Conner’s comments on Don’s little stunt.

Pete Talbot
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I’m curious to hear your opinion on Trump being the Republican nominee for President, Pogo. I’m not skirting your question and will answer it below. But you’re a rational person; is this what your party has become? What are you reasonable Republicans thinking? And what are you going to do in this election and in the future? Please let us know. As to your question: I probably wouldn’t have advocated this action. I support the Bill of Rights and would even acknowledge that Nazis get an opportunity to air their platform. On the other hand, since Trump has a record… Read more »

Pogo Possum
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Pogo Possum

Pete, My apologies for taking so long to respond. May was a busy month. While I fully appreciate your desire to demonstrate your displeasure with Trump, I disagree with the method. Simply put, it’s a slippery slope and is aimed at denying people the opportunity to attend and participate in a legal gathering. At best, the effort may have felt good but was totally ineffective and, in the long term, possibly counterproductive. Trump had over 8,500 in attendance that day (a huge turnout in Billings) and no one was turned away. Sanders Billing’s event had 3,000+ and Bill Clinton met… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

When the Dem’s tell me what they are going to do for Montana and the country then I may consider supporting them. But all I hear is criticism and trashing the Republicans every time they actually do something for the State and/or propose a plan forward. I hate when Trump uses the work “Loser” but I can see why. How many jobs have been or will be lost in Montana? Coal mining, rail road, public service, my neighbor left the state because loss of students so teacher positions reduced. Think about it. You can pat yourselves on the back and… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

FYI, Trump 8500 attendees in Billings, Sanders 3000, Bill Clinton, held in the back of a Burger King….lol….it’s the economy stupid ….again!

Pogo Possum
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Pogo Possum

Pete, In case you missed it, I replied to your request concerning my thoughts on Trump. I watched Sanders speech this afternoon and see he is understandably refusing to concede. I assume he still has hopes of convincing unpledged delegates to defect from Hillary. I also suspect if that fails, he will lobby for Hillary and the Party to adopt some of his key issues in the Party Platform to ensure his support. He may also demand changes in delegate selection – e.g., no more Super Delegates. I am curious if you had any insights or thoughts on what Bernie… Read more »

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