(REPORTER’S NOTE: This event was first reported in Salon on March 30, 2016. It is every bit as deplorable as if it happened yesterday.)

When you consider all the arglebargle and fooferah surrounding Hillary Clinton’s reference to some of Donald Trump’s supporters belonging in a “basket of deplorables,” you might ask yourself what is meant by the word “deplorable.”


Then, one might ask the pundits who have been clucking their tongues and stroking their beards while wondering aloud, “Who does this woman think she is calling so many Americans ‘deplorable?’ Scandal!”

Turn with us now to an event in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. You know Janesville, right? That’s where Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was hatched from his leathery, lizard egg shell lo, these many years ago.

A 15-year old anti-Trump protester attended a Trump rally and was treated in a manner that seems to fit all the above definitions of the word “deplorable.” (Note: Your humble correspondent chooses to not delete or redact or otherwise disguise the invective hurled at this young woman as she was pepper-sprayed for exercising her freedom.) According to a March 30 story in Salon:

Police in Janesville, Wisconsin, are searching for two Donald Trump rally attendees who pepper sprayed and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old anti-Trump protester outside the Republican presidential front-runner’s rally on Tuesday. Video of the incident shows other apparent Trump supporters shouting “bitch” and “nigger lover” to the teenager as she attempts to walk away with pepper spray in her eyes.

“Damn, Donald, back at it again with the white supremacy,” read 15-year-old Alex Drake’s topical protest sign, according to video that captured the incident. As another protester raised a sign that read, “Black Lives Matter,” the crowd of mostly older white Trump supporters began chanting “All lives matter,” attempting to drown out the Janesville teenager:
Deplorable? Not to the happy, smiling Trump supporters enjoying the view as a 15-year old girl gets a face full of pepper spray. A vision of the dystopian world to come if Trump wins? You decide.

Law enforcement in Janesville, home of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, said that “a male in the crowd groped the 15 year girl, when she pushed him away; another person in the crowd sprayed her.” Video of the incident shows Drake confronting a man she says touched her breast before she reached out to strike him:

Another video shows one Trump supporter yelling to “get that bitch out of here,” after the teenage girl stumbles from being pepper sprayed.

“Goddamn communist, nigger lover! Get out of here,” another Trump supporter can be heard shouting…


Disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, unworthy, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgivable?

Typical of the way Alt Right monsters treat teen girls, while trying to overturn laws passed to protect them from harassment, such as “Grace’s Law” in Maryland?

Sadly, yes.

Or a prophetic glimpse at the dystopian world to come under a Trump presidency?

Choose wisely.


    I’m guessing these Trump supporters were acting at the upper limits of their intellectual ability.

  • DumpTrump

    I don’t think Trump supporters have any intellectual abilities. Very informative article.

  • Anonidas

    The article is 6 months old, the girl is on video saying she deserved it, the cops seriously considered charging her because she assaulted the man which is why he pepper sprayed her. This new editor for BU is horrible. Old stories, wrong facts. Man, this place used to at least pretend to want to get the facts.

    I guess the question is, will BU step up and update the story or will they continue to lie to their readers?

    • King Leonidas

      So, pepper spraying a girl is OK with the Alt Right suckups? Color me surprised.

      • Anonidas

        When the girl assaults someone? Yes, perfectly OK. How would YOU react to a young person attacking you? The man used a non violent response and stopped the attack. Besides what does being a girl have to do with it? I thought Progressives were all for equal rights? Would it have been ok if the person doing the assaulting were male and got sprayed?
        I will also note that you have finally admitted this is an old story, but you didn’t include the comment from the girl directly after the incident when she said “I deserved that.”. I understand that doesn’t fit your narrative though.

        P.S. Stop with the Alt Right schtick. You heard a new buzz word and must use it. We get it. You come off sounding as ill informed as the rest of the far left.

        • King Leonidas

          Odd how, just like racists hate being called racists, people in the Alt-Right seem to bridle at that term. Thank you for your readership. I’m sure as you dig further into the issues you will become better informed and your questions and comments will reflect an increase in your ability to reason.

          • Anonidas

            Ah, personal insult but no substance? Typical of BU Editors. As to reasoning, I will note that you didn’t dispute any of my facts. So your readership will just need to assume you have lost another battle of logic. I remember when Osbourne ran this place before his unfortunate firing. At least he TRIED to use logic to defend his positions.j