SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a late-February morning, more than 100 high school students were joined by teachers and parents as they gathered in East Portal Park in East Sacramento. Some held signs and others chanted, "No justice, no peace," as they marched toward their destination. The last year has seen countless scenes like this play out in Sacramento and other cities as people marched by the thousands, demanding social justice and calling out racism. But on this morning, the focus of the demonstration was a new one: St. Francis High School, a prestigious all-girls private school. The February m...
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Watch: MAGA fan accuses CPAC organizers of bilking him out of money to watch Trump from the 'overflow room'
In a video shared with MSNBC, an unidentified fan of Donald Trump complained that the organizers of the CPAC conference in Dallas, Texas, took money from customers wanting in and then kept them from entering the main rooms because the event was oversold.
In the interview with The Good Liars' Davram Stiefler, the man and his wife -- both wearing MAGA hats -- explained how they were treated.
"We are outside of CPAC in Dallas, 2022," Stiefler began. "People are getting turned away - want to tell us about it?"
"Yes, we were looking forward to seeing Trump live," the man explained. "We actually paid for it right here, and they knew we were not getting in."
"They sold you tickets -- it was already overcapacity -- they took your money, sent you in there and you just got turned away?" Stiefler asked, to which the man replied, "Exactly."
"Do you think it's an issue of the organizers of CPAC getting greedy?" he was asked.
"It could be that. It may not be organized enough, not knowing what the capacity was. I'm not gonna sit and watch in the overflow room." he complained.
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On the day that the Texas CPAC conference in Dallas, Texas drew to its conclusion, former president Donald Trump fired off a series of posts on his Truth Social account boasting about his straw poll popularity over Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) who appears to be the greatest threat to his plans to be the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, as well as a few other surveys taken at the conservative confab.
Of particular note, the former president seemed to be pleased that a survey taken by pollster McLaughlin & Associates showed that his Truth Social media platform came in second to Facebook when attendees at the conference were asked which "social media networks do you use."
Without noting whether those polled were able to choose more than one platform, the Trump graphic (using a big red arrow) pointed out that 48 attendees chose his Truth Social, tying it with YouTube and trailing Facebook which garnered 59 votes.
According to a report from the Washington Post, a small group of die-hard conservatives and Donald Trump supporters who took part in the the so-called "People's Convoy" have yet to go home and have been living in their cars or vans for weeks, meeting each day and wondering why their movement didn't catch on.
The trucker convoy, also known as the "1776 Restoration Movement," was ostensibly organized to protest vaccine mandates, but gradually changed into a grab-bag protest against the policies of President Joe Biden which mostly dissipated as they were ignored and then was dogged by accusations about where donations were going.
In June, trucking industry website Freightwaves issued a special report stating that $1.8 million in donations had been taken in with no accountability about spending which had organizers pointing fingers at each other.
That report stated, "In the days prior to the convoy’s collapse, participants and supporters say they were asked to 'pass the hat' and chip in cash to pay the Hagerstown Speedway for allowing them to camp there and use the site as a staging area to launch its slow rolls and loops around the Washington Beltway."
On Sunday, the Post's Joe Heim reported some members have yet to leave.
"They were hoping that thousands or maybe even millions of other Americans would join their cause, Tom Fisher, 70, a retired state park ranger from Arizona said as he stood in the shade on a blistering hot Washington afternoon last week," he wrote. "Instead, there are about two dozen stalwarts who’ve camped out with American flag-draped cars and trucks since July 6 to demonstrate against what they say is America’s slow but sure abandonment of the Constitution and to call for a peaceful return 'to a constitutional Republic through the restoration of a moral society.'"
In an interview, Fisher admitted he is perplexed why the 1776 Restoration Movement faltered and collapsed.
“I’m disappointed. I thought once we occupied D.C., people would come out," he lamented.
As the report notes, "The response, instead, has been mostly indifference. As well as some heckling and trolling. And some criticism that 1776 Restoration Movement is just another group using a narrowly defined patriotism to grift for dollars and social media clout."
Attempting to put a positive spin on the collapse, Ohio truck driver and evangelical minister David Riddell, 57, who was one of the founders, claimed, "This is family. So far in this movement, I’ve baptized three of them in the Potomac, renewed the vows of another couple, celebrated the 57th wedding anniversary with another one. This is family.”
Riddell added, "Do I agree with what went on January 6? No, absolutely not. That’s not how we do things. Do we have a Second Amendment right to throw off a tyrannical government? Yes. That’s what the Constitution says. But do we have a moral right to do that at this time? The answer to that is a resounding no. You do not, because you don’t use violence until it is the absolute last resort.”
The Post report adds, "On Monday, the group’s protest permit expires. By then, the last of the 1776 Restoration Movement protesters will have packed up their signs and flags and camp chairs and coolers and retreated to Bunker Hill, where they plan to regroup, reorganize, reread the Constitution and prepare to return in early September to redress their grievances once more."
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