Trump fans describe harrowing acts of ‘Magaphobia’ by mean liberals

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They’ll be OK.

The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., claimed on Monday that a person could not walk the streets of downtown Chicago in Trump gear without getting shot. While that statement was met with ridicule for the hyperbole it was, it echoed a sentiment that has been percolating online among Trump’s biggest supporters.

Trump supporters frequently coin new phrases to explain away the fact that their president is disliked by many. Previously, they’ve tried Trump Derangement Syndrome. Now, it’s Magaphobia.

One of Trump’s most ardent fans and extremely online right-winger Jack Posobiec began tweeting about it in the wake of both the Jussie Smollett hoax and a conservative supporter getting punched in California. It’s a way to show how Trump’s opponents are driven mad by people’s support of the president.

Others picked up on it.

America has seen a rise in hate crimes since Trump took office, with a 17 percent increase in 2017. But don’t tell that to persecuted MAGA stans who can’t see beyond their own myopic world view.

It was when Posobiec asked his followers for instances of #Magaphobia that his panicked proclamations of victimization were revealed to be as banal as can be.

Fears of tense family dinners and TV shows with viewpoints that you disagree with were the most Posobiec’s fans could come up with. He also started to get trolled.

While Trump supporters have faced instances of violence, they support a president who has been rabid in inciting his base of followers to commit acts of violence against journalists and his political opponents and has stoked fear toward people of color.

Nothing any Trump supporter—people who are largely white and male (like Posobiec)—has faced compares to anything persecuted minorities in America experience.

They’ll be alright.

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David Covucci

David Covucci

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