A radical far-left activist who writes for the radical far-left blog ThinkProgress admitted in a personal newsletter Friday that he recently cut loose a friend over his Trump Derangement Syndrome. Granted, that’s not how he told the sad but typical story.
According to his version of events, he’s the “emotionally wounded” victim who was purposefully hurt by his former Trump friend. Never mind that it was he who started it.
“I gave my friend an ultimatum. I told her I wouldn’t unfriend her so long as she apologized for wearing the hat and promised me I wouldn’t have to see it in my feed again,” activist Zack Ford wrote.
“When she claimed I was trying to police her beliefs, I corrected her, pointing out that my conditions only regarded the hat, not her position on any particular issue. When she claimed that she’s equally offended by the Pride flag, I corrected her again, explaining that objecting to a symbol of inclusion is in no way comparable to objecting to a symbol of exclusion and that she was making a false equivalency.”
Specifically, I share a story in today’s newsletter about my decision to unfriend someone I’ve known since high school over her decision to wear a MAGA hat. I gave her a choice, and she chose the hat over me. https://t.co/NkcdMHeHMK
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) July 6, 2019
Speaking of false equivalences, the claim that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is a “symbol of exclusion” is patently false, as evidenced by all the blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Native Americans, gays and others who’ve proudly adopted the same message. Were “MAGA” a “symbol of exclusion,” they wouldn’t have been allowed to adopt it, period.
“When she said, ‘If I can’t have an opinion about something then I guess I don’t really live in a free country,’ I knew there was no longer enough common ground for us to have a relationship,” Ford continued.
The key word there was “I,” in that it was Ford — not his friend — who’d allowed small-mindedness and bigotry to corrupt his mind and heart.
“We have free speech, but we don’t have freedom from accountability for that speech,” he further continued. “Anyone reading this is free to wear a MAGA hat, but you can’t both wear a MAGA hat and claim to ‘love thy neighbor.'”
“You can’t both wear a MAGA hat and claim to respect me or millions of other Americans. You can’t both wear a MAGA hat and believe that you’re not reinforcing hate and oppression against others. We’re way too far past such naiveté at this point, and I certainly want no part in helping you to convince yourself otherwise.”
Clearly, he was unable to comprehend the stunning irony and hypocrisy inherent in his statements. On one hand, he falsely claimed that the president’s charitable supporters are unable to “love thy neighbor.” Yet on the other hand, here he was refusing to “love thy neighbor.”
“Every time you wear the hat, you remember you lost a friendship over it. Every time,” were the exact words he reportedly blurted out to his former friend when she refused to abide by his decrees.
My final words to her were: “Every time you wear the hat, you remember you lost a friendship over it. Every time.” I know for sure I’ll now think of her every time I see a MAGA hat, and I’ll fear its corrupting power even more than I used to. https://t.co/NkcdMHeHMK
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) July 6, 2019
As of Sunday afternoon, the two tweets above from Ford had a combined 179 comments but nearly 4,000 comments, virtually all of them highly critical of his arrogance and ignorance.
“You gave her an ultimatum, do what I say or I will unfriend you,” one critic wrote. “She chose wisely, you can’t bully people into submitting to your will. For you to think you had authority over her is pathetically comical. She earns way more respect by standing up to your pushy arrogance.”
“I realized in junior high that any ‘friend’ who gave me this kind of ultimatum wasn’t really my friend and that I would be better off without them. You’re an awful friend and the MAGA hat wearer is better off without your toxic presence in their life,” another added.
Some of the comments were even posted by Ford’s fellow anti-Trump Democrats.
“No. You basically said ‘Obey me or I won’t be your friend!’ I’m no Trump fan. I can’t stand him. But lifelong friendships require the strength to realize others go another path and we should accept what that is. You just aren’t strong enough, or too young, to realize that,” one wrote.
Triple ouch. You’re out!
Look at these comments below:
You gave her an ultimatum, do what I say or I will unfriend you. She chose wisely, you can’t bully people into submitting to your will. For you to think you had authority over her is pathetically comical. She earns way more respect by standing up to your pushy arrogance.
— ATennesseePerspective (@SpeakinFromTN) July 7, 2019
I realized in junior high that any “friend” who gave me this kind of ultimatum wasn’t really my friend and that I would be better off without them. You’re an awful friend and the MAGA hat wearer is better off without your toxic presence in their life.
— Amrond Thardell (@amrond99) July 7, 2019
No. You basically said “Obey me or I won’t be your friend!” I’m no Trump fan. I can’t stand him. But lifelong friendships require the strength to realize others go another path and we should accept what that is. You just aren’t strong enough, or too young, to realize that.
— Steve on Resler (@steve_sez_3MTA3) July 7, 2019
She didn’t choose the hat. She chose to not let you control her. Sounds like a reasonable choice considering you not only thought this was a great thing to share with the world (attaboy!) but have left it up even after seeing no one agrees with you.
— Spartacus Finch (@jenandlaw) July 7, 2019
Friends don’t let politics end a relationship. It is on you if you ended an otherwise good friendship. I have lots of liberal friends – people I went to school with. I think their politics are dumb & they feel the same way about mine. I still love um.
— Charles S ?? (@Charles1978) July 7, 2019
Sorry, you’re wrong on this one. If she was truly a friend, then you ended the friendship the minute you gave her an ultimatum. You may want to reexamine your decision. Best wishes.
— DoshierMath ? (@DebbieDoshier) July 7, 2019
Zack screams for attention and he gets it. One hell of a ratio. Here you go, Zack, you’ve earned it. pic.twitter.com/Oqa80fcxlF
— JPS (@kahblanco1776) July 7, 2019
They weren’t wrong, but you would be wrong to assume Ford’s behavior is an anomaly. Statistically, it’s more likely not.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2017 found that nearly half of liberal Democrats — 47 percent, to be exact — felt that knowing that a friend had voted for Trump would “strain their friendship.”
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