My facial expressions in response to Trump Trolls and Hillary’s Health

Episode One of The Bobby Hall Show.

This video is about how Trump supporters troll me in respose to my support of HIllary and her health after she came down with pneumonia and had to leave a 9/11 event early on September 11, 2016 in New York City.

 

Coming out of the sadness, Ready to fight

Monday morning I woke up laying in my bed feeling like the weight of the world was lying on top of my chest. Sure it was just my pug, but the emotional weight was coming from the horrific tragedy that befell our LGBTQ brothers and sisters as well as our amazing straight allies at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Not only did we have to process the horrific feelings from the shooting Sunday, but we had to face Los Angeles Pride with the fear that something could happen at any minute to us. The day started off with the news of an arrest of a suspected assailant of some sort. It was an emotionally taxing weekend to say the least.

That Monday morning I was feeling worse that I was Sunday and when I asked a few of my friends how they were feeling they said the same thing. That made me want to take to Facebook to say something, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say. I wrote a brief passage about what was floating around in my mind.

I’m thankful we as a community in Los Angeles had pride yesterday. We had a day to celebrate and enjoy with friends; gay, lesbian, trans, straight, from all walks of life. I woke up this Monday morning like I did yesterday. I have been feeling overwhelmed with sadness and confusion. A friend of mine said yesterday she didn’t want to meet us out at the pride parade but her girlfriend said if it’s our day to go it’s our day but let’s go celebrate. Another friend said his face hurt from crying all morning but he had to be there. We shouldn’t have had to approach pride in that way. I’m angry. I’m confused. I don’t know who to be mad at. People are angry at the shooter, the FBI, Trump, politicians, Islam, ISIS, whoever… But I don’t know. I’m just mad at humanity. We see this and we just fight. My twitter feed today is full of attacks and fighting. I’m glad I spent yesterday distracted and celebrating a community that has come so far and fought so hard to be proud of who we are and forever proud to raise our heads high in the face of adversity. We, the LGBTQ community, are a community willing to celebrate under grey clouds and drizzling rain to take a moment to not fight and find a couple hours of happiness on such a sad dark day. None-the-less I’m still so sad.

Monday I found myself feeling like a hermit. I didn’t want to tweet, although I did. I didn’t want to go on Facebook, although I did. I didn’t want to go to work, although I did. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, although I did. That entire day I refused to engage in election topics. I refused to read anything involving Donald Trump. I wanted to only talk about, read and discuss the Orlando shooting and what could be done to prevent it. Monday night I exploded at the right-wing nutcases on twitter who were attacking me for being mad at the guns that killed the innocent men and women who died. I may have even tweeted the F word out once, which I think I never do. Emotions will get the better of a person during a tragedy like this so I forgive myself.

Tuesday I woke up still feeling in a haze. The hate in the world seemed to be exploding. There were American pastors and priests applauding the murder of these gay men and women. They even called for the murder of even more gay men and women. There were people in the United States saying this tragedy was not a tragedy in their view at all. My heart kept sinking.

Anderson Cooper read the names of those who were lost. My soul tore apart. Not only did my soul tear apart though, I became angry. I didn’t know what to do. Like Monday, I didn’t know who I was angry at and I still didn’t want to take aim at politics. It seemed as if I did that I would be trivializing the situation.

Then Wednesday came around. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut took the floor of the senate and started a filibuster. I thought I was going crazy when my Apple Watch buzzed at me with this notification as I was walking to lunch. I rushed to twitter to see if it was true. It was!

Senator Murphy had taken a stand and said enough with gun violence in America. It was time to do something about these senseless acts of violence that have claimed so many lives. It is time to end gun show loopholes and make sure military grade weapons remain on the battlefield and not in our bars or our schools. He was joined by courageous senate democrats throughout the day. It gave me chills every time I snuck a peak at my social media or news outlets throughout the workday.

Gun control is so important to me. People often think we want to take away their second amendment rights to own guns, but we don’t. We want to remove guns that belong on the battle field from our neighborhood streets. People think we want to prevent them from owning any guns, but we don’t. We want better background checks and to close loopholes which, if you are a responsible gun owner that shouldn’t affect you or bother you. You should still be able to own your hunting weapon. None-the-less your weapon has nothing to do with the founding fathers intent for militias which are no longer necessary due to America’s outstanding military, police force, national guard and the like. I was ecstatic to see action being taken. I was jubilant to know that democrats were forcing a vote to be taken on gun control legislation as oppose to letting republican obstructionism to continue.

Then the end of the workday rolled around and I started walking to my car and I noticed on twitter that the hashtag “#AskTheGays” was trending. I had to ask myself why and of course it was because of Trump. How insane is Trump to think that the LGBTQ community would ever prefer him over Hillary Clinton and how in God’s name did he think we would appreciate him referring to our entire community as “The Gays”?

Between the filibuster and Trump’s continued ignorance I snapped out of my hermit crab funk. I found my mission and it was to start swinging. I didn’t know why, but I had enough of Trump. I had enough of the Republican Party. I had enough of being quiet. I know I am never quiet, but I had enough of feeling helpless and hopeless.

I made my voice heard. I am angry. I figured out what I was angry at. I am angry at the do nothing republican majority running this country not allowing our President to get anything passed through congress. I am sick of senate congressmen and senators. I am sick of the NRA. I am sick of guns. If I had my choice I would ban them all, but I am reasonable and will argue for sensible gun laws.

Most of all I am sick of bigotry, hate, homophobia, sexism, racism, discrimination and the negative rhetoric that spews out of the republican party and Donald Trump every single day. How are comments like what John McCain said today, that President Obama is responsible for the mass shooting in Orlando supposed to help our country heal? How is that comment supposed to help accomplish effective change for the United States? How is that comment proposing a fix to the issues we are facing?

It’s simply not! The democrats think gun control is the answer and the senate, President Obama and Hillary Clinton are fighting to make the changes they think are right. Republicans like Donald Trump and John McCain are just obstructing progress. They don’t have to agree with gun control, but what are they proposing? The only proposal I am hearing is banning all Muslims from the country, which is absurd, unconstructive and unreasonable since the shooter was born in America!

I’m mad. I’m fired up and we are going to win this election. We are democrats. We are Hillary Clinton supporters. We are fighting for progress, not further obstructionism. We are fighting to prevent Donald Trump from making our country slide back into the 1960’s.

Thank you republicans for snapping me out of my heartbreak and giving me the anger to fight on! Thank you democrats for giving me the courage and pride to standup again! And thank you Orlando for showing me that we all should continue to be strong as everyone in Orlando is an inspiration for the ongoing love, strength and community you have shown all of us this week.

I’m starting to wonder. Where are the responsible gun owners?

Many of the second amendment defenders like to argue that those who comment murder or mass murder are unbalanced, mentally ill and in the minority. They argue that most gun owners are stable and responsible. Yet, most of us over the past few days since the Orlando shootings who have been using the hashtags that go along with Gun Control and advocating for gun control have experienced massive amounts of hacking attempts on our Twitter, Facebook and email accounts.

I am not alone in this. Countless of my friends, colleagues, family and followers on Twitter have said the same thing. I have to ask, if you are so stable then why are you so unable to disagree with me in a civil way? Why aren’t you able to see me argue for gun control and say, “well that guy disagrees. I should donate to the NRA and lobby my representative in DC to continue to support the legislation in favor of my beliefs!” Instead you seem to be going with the thought process of, “These people disagree! I’m going to show them by hacking their accounts!”

Okay, there is nothing mentally stable about that. It’s insane. You are not stable. You are not decent and you are not rational. You are the exact type of irrational person that shouldn’t own a gun. If you are so angry at a person that they have to change their passwords multiple times a week you have a problem with your mentality. You need to seek help. There is nothing wrong with needing to seek help. I see a therapist once a week. It’s like good hygiene really nowadays.

Let’s go a step farther though. Do you think hacking my Twitter account or the Twitter account of my friends or followers is going to help change our views on gun control. Do you think hacking my account or attempting to and making me change my password five times in one week is going to have me wake up one day with an awakening and say, “you know what… I think I am going to support the purchase of AK-15s and AK-47s for now on!”

No, that’s just crazy talk. The only people who should have those weapons are our men and women in uniform. The men and women who are trained to protect us and keep us safe. The men and women I trust and honor and respect. The men and women like my father. The men and women like the ones who kept us safe during the LA Pride parade this past Sunday (thank you to all who were there watching out for us)!

The more crazy all of you “responsible gun owners” get with your “logical” attacks the less responsible gun owners I really think are out there.

Let us grieve – #OrlandoShooting

Since the Orlando shootings I have wanted to write, but I have found myself unable to write more than the restricted text length of a tweet because of the rainbow of emotions I experience in the matter of one minute every minute of the day. I’m sad and torn apart.

How could this happen. How could a man see two men kissing and resort to murdering 50 unarmed innocent people? How can this person enter a venue for expressing love, pride, celebration and jubilation and shoot over 100 people? How can this one person cause fear in people across an entire nation at events, public places, parades, festivals, clubs, and bars? How do we live in a country where a man who, at least for a while, was on a terror watch list and was still able to purchase an assault weapon? How do we live in a country where a man with a history of spousal abuse is able to purchase a firearm and work for a federally contracted security firm and hold a weapon for that firm?

How do we live in a country where a tragedy of this nature turns into a political debate in under 12 hours? How do we live in a country where politicians turn a tragedy to a story about them? How do we live in a country where politicians like Rick Scott try to deny that a massacre was not a hate crime when the shooter said he saw two gay men kissing then went into a gay night club and shot 100 gay men and women? How do we live in a country where people are more worried about the right to own assault rifles then letting the mourning actually mourn? My questions are endless. My pain is deep and my anger is soaring.

Yes, a lot of those who are distraught over the Orlando shooting took to social media to shout out in anger over gun laws, over the fact that a man who was once under FBI investigation was able to legally purchase an assault weapon and that we still don’t have sensible gun laws that could have prevented him from purchasing this rapid fire weapon so easily, yet I still don’t understand the need for the far right to attack. Of course people are upset. Of course people are going to vent their frustration. Let them. Let us!

After the Charleston, NC shooting the same thing happened and no one took your guns away. No legislations were enacted. After the tragedy in Sandy Hook the same cries were made and nothing happened to your guns.  It’s a form of grieving, yet you second amendment buffoons can’t see through your hatred of the left and your obsession with life taking weapons to see that people are grieving. If this was a random Monday, then fine. Polarize and argue your politics.  Until then, can you open your hearts up a little and leave people alone?

The gun control fight will continue, but for a few days give us space to be angry and yell and cry. It’s a fair request. Have a heart.

I don’t know anyone searching you out saying, you know what… let me find a gun loving 2nd amendment toting person to harass today… No. All I see are people tweeting each other messages of love, messages of agreed outrage until we are attacked by your disagreement. Back off. Go tweet with your loyalist who actually care about your views on guns and that you love holding a powerful life taking weapon. Until then respect our right to feel hurt.

Respect us. Respect our right to be angry that this man legally purchased a gun that could shoot massive amounts of people in seconds. In my world, you don’t need an assault rifle or military weapon to kill Bambi for dinner.

The last thing we need right now in our grief is people sending us insults and angry messages. A woman with the twitter handle @msalott whose twitter bio reads, “Christian due to Grace of God thru Jesus Christ! Wife and Mother and Proud Grandmother who believes in my Country and it’s greatness! Donald Trump supporter!” sent me countless tweets attacking me on my views on guns, my grief, and slams on Islam and Muslim’s as well as personal insults then asked me why I was just looking to hate her…

Lady… if you are going to send me messages of attack out of the blue, let me remind you, I don’t search for people to tweet. I respond when tweeted to only. But, when you are going to send me messages of attack out of the blue you best believe I am going to hate you. You best believe in my grief and anger I am going to educate you on my views and you should also know my anger is going to grow at the hypocrisy of you labeling yourself as a Christian and not having the respect to understand and allow people to grieve in the face of tragedy. These people are disgusting. These people are heartless. These people are not American.

Let us grieve. At the very least remember the names of those who were lost because maybe that will make you think twice when you are so nasty:

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34.
  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23.
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20.
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22.
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36.
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22.
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22.
  • Kimberly Morris, 37.
  • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30.
  • Darryl Roman Burt II, 29.
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32.
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21.
  • Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25.
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35.
  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50.
  • Amanda Alvear, 25.
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33.
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37.
  • Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26.
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35.
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25.
  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31.
  • Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26.
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25.
  • Miguel Angel Honorato, 30.
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40.
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32.
  • Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19.
  • Cory James Connell, 21.
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37.
  • Luis Daniel Conde, 39.
  • Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33.
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25.
  • Jerald Arthur Wright, 31.
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25.
  • Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25.
  • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24.
  • Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27.
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33.
  • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49.
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24.
  • Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32.
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28.
  • Frank Hernandez, 27.
  • Paul Terrell Henry, 41.
  • Antonio Davon Brown, 29.
  • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24.
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18.

 

 

Call for Submissions: Why do you support Hillary. Submit Here to be Included in my next video!

hillaryclinton_2016_328x253-328-254I am working on a new project to show the many reasons (positive reasons) we all support Hillary Clinton. I’d love to include messages from as many of your, especially the “Twitter Army” as possible. Whether that’s quoting your tweet, sending me a testimonial or sending me a video to consider including.

It’s time for Bernie Sanders to Bow Out and accept his ticket home!

If you asked me just a few months ago how the primary season would shake out I would never have guessed we would be where we are today. After the Indiana Primary, Governor John Kasich and Senator Ted Cruz respectfully dropped out of the Republican race leaving the nomination in the hands of none other than the xenophobic, racist and sexist candidate that is Donald Trump. This has been so upsetting to some in the Republican Party that House Speaker Paul Ryan announced today that he is not ready to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

None-the-less, after months of infighting and publicly hating each other the candidates did what they thought was best for their party, but mostly for the ideals they feel they share most with their frontrunner Donald Trump over the democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. Even the morning of the Indiana Primary Ted Cruz was taking brutal swings at Trump, but still stepped out of the race when the cards showed he was not going to win.

 

Yet when you look at the Democrats the race is still chugging along. While Bernie Sanders requires 101% of the remaining delegates left to be allocated he refuses to drop out of the primary. He, somehow, sees this impossible accomplishment as possible. Why? Because he thinks he can flip delegates and his supporters keep sending in their money to him.

The reality is that Bernie Sanders needs 101% of the remaining delegates from the remaining primaries to win. That comes out to 944 out of the 933 remaining delegates, which is statistically impossible. Not just statistically impossible, but Hillary will win some of the remaining states (if not all) and the remaining delegates will be split. Following Tim Robbins, a Bernie Sanders surrogate, insulted Guam you can even assume she will get a majority of their 12 pledged delegates in addition to most likely sweeping California.

With that being a REALITY you have to accept the fact that Hillary only requires 163 more delegates to get to the magic number of 2383. That number drops after every single primary. Bernie Sanders is proving to be nothing more than a self-ego boosting elitist who pounds the ground like a petulant child when he doesn’t get his way.

Yes, I know a bunch of you will respond saying the primary was rigged, but you won’t find a sympathetic ear from me. The inability for the Sanders campaign to educate it’s supporter base to register as democrats to vote in democratic primaries is on the Sanders campaign. The voters who did not register correctly need to take responsibility for that. The argument that all American’s should get to vote is also a ludicrous thought. No one has ever prevented you from your constitutional right to vote for the next President of the United States. Nope, not a single person or party. A party primary is where a party selects their candidate to run for President. Candidates have an option to run in the major political parties or not to. Jill Stein is a great example of someone who didn’t fit the major party platforms so is running on her own. Bernie Sanders made the choice to switch from an independent (which he is running for senate as in 2018), but instead decided to run as a democrat. He was fully aware of the rules set by each individual state. He also publicly announced he only ran as a democrat for the media attention and money. These are all choices Bernie Sanders made and his supporters need to accept or point the finger of blame at him.

And yes, 120,000 democratic voters were ousted or purged from registration in New York, but those voters represented supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Oh and it was a republican who made this move and has since been punished for it.

The argument that super-delegates should be forced to side with the candidate who won their respective state is also a voided argument. According to ABC News, even if super-delegates voted for the winner of their state Bernie would still not get the edge. The super-delegate totals would go from 520 for Hillary and 39 for Bernie to 374 for Hillary and 147 for Bernie.

Another way to look at this is 4 scenarios proposed by Sanders and/or his supporters:

  1. Current Rules: Hillary Clinton is the clear winner.
  2. As I stated if super-delegates had to vote the way their state went Hillary still wins.
  3. If we had the same rules as the Republicans do for their party primary and had winner take all states Hillary wouldn’t just be winning, but the race would have ended already.
  4. If super-delegates were removed from the equation all together, the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination would be lower and Hillary would still win. If eliminated the new majority of pledged delegates needed would be 2,026. Bernie would require 66% of delegates remaining and Hillary would only need 34%.

All in all nothing is rigged. In fact, there is nothing more democratic than the candidate with the most popular votes, pledged delegates and super-delegates in a party primary winning that party nomination for President and moving on to the general election.

The trophy generation needs to wake up. There is no trophy for the loser in politics. This  isn’t a little league game and your mommy can’t fix it for you. You just have to accept reality and align with a candidate who best fits your beliefs… Or you can just not vote if you feel so inclined, but that is a shame if you truly care about progressive and liberal issues. If you truly cared about the issues then you would help defeat Trump in the general election which HAS started.

Bernie can keep limping along pretending like he will get something out of this, but all he is getting out of this is hurting the party that embraced him. The loser of a primary doesn’t get to set the winners agenda. Hillary Clinton didn’t make demands like that of President Obama and the 2008 election was much closer! It’s a reality Bernie will have to face soon. I can’t wait for him to return to the senate to find all of his leadership positions gone.

The Truth about #MEMEGate and I’m def. Not feeling #TheBern. Sick of being bullied by #BernieBros

This election has gotten out of control. I have been under Bernie supporter attack for the past 24 or 48 hours. I don’t even know how long it has been. They accuse me of taking someone’s artwork or meme to Get Out the Vote for Bernie Sanders and altering it to support Hillary.

Now the internet and social media are full of memes that get alterd and shared. This is an everyday happening. Most people in my twitter feed came to my defense and most just found the entire situation hilarious. It’s a meme! It’s a twitter picture. It’s a get out the vote picture. What is the big deal.

Not to mention, I didn’t even alter the original. I found it on twitter while searching hashtags. I don’t remember which one, but I am sure it was something like #WIPrimary, #WisconsinPrimary or #Wisconsin. Something relating to the election because that was what the meme was about, to get the vote out for the democratic primary.

We all repost memes.

The creator of the original meme with Bernie Sanders face on it tweeted me with an insult telling me if I was going to rip off his work to at least do a better job. I tried to explain I just reposted a meme I found. Naturally, the faceless profile of the Sanders supporter didn’t believe me. Soon he and a couple of his followers were sending me constant tweets asking where I found the picture then.

I replied honestly, “I found it on Twitter.”

That wasn’t good enough. They wanted the person responsible for altering the picture. Well, I didn’t know who was. I just found it randomly, saved it and reposted it. Just like them, I could have searched and searched to see the original posting date, but at this point I was getting trolled and attacked by multiple Bernie supporters. I didn’t want to force someone else to have to experience this. That’s what happens. Why should someone else have to be harassed and bullied? Someone I don’t even know who may not have even altered the meme or picture either? I didn’t have it in my heart to try and search some innocent person out to feed to the trolls.

“You are just like Shillery, a thief with no skill or talent.”

“You suck! At least do a good job if you are going to be a Hillary criminal”

I try to defend myself and I’m called things like faggot. The tweets got mean, personal and random since none of them were true. I never altered the picture so my design skills couldn’t have been in question.

The tweets just came and came. I made light of them as most of my followers did. Then they got aggressive so I started blocking everyone. One after the other they do start to chip at you a little. None-the-less it’s just twitter.

I woke up today thinking it would subside, but of course constant Bernie supporter attacks, “You shouldn’t steal people’s property.” It’s a meme on twitter. Everyone reposts them. Find me a meme on twitter that hasn’t been reposted more than once?

Then out of the blue I get an email from a Hillary group I respected:

Next time though don’t rip someone design no matter how pissed off you are. It’s gonna bite you in the end. Also im ho it makes it look like a cheap act and we are above that. They tagged us in the tweet so in some way it felt it came from us

They didn’t ask me what happened. I wasn’t pissed off. I just wanted to post a get out the vote meme for Wisconsin and I did when I found one I liked on Twitter that someone else had posted first. They didn’t try to listen to logic. They just heard the call of the BernieBro attacks and accusations and joined in the BernieBro attacks.

I reposted a MEME. There are countless memes on the internet. It was a get out the vote poster. I shouldn’t be in tears. I did nothing wrong.

Everyone needs to take a step back and remember we are progressives. We are liberals. We are all fighting for positive change. We are all fighting for love and kindness. What is the crime with reposting a Get Out the Vote poster or meme? Even if someone altered it for a different candidate? That’s what progressives are for, getting people to vote regardless of candidacy.

I feel heartbroken and letdown by my own people. I want this election to go back to what it should be, bettering America. Ending this silly childish new game of campaigning that has become the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Love-and-kindness