An article in today’s Daily Sentinel says Mesa County Deplorables will hold a rally downtown today against the people who make up the “caravan” of central American refugees headed northward on foot towards the U.S. border to escape violence in their home countries. People joined the caravan and have been traveling together to protect themselves against violent attacks while en route to find a safer place to live with their families.
Who are the “Deplorables”?
“Deplorables” is a label many of President Trump’s supporters eagerly took on during the 2016 presidential campaign. The social media of “Deplorable” groups around the country depicts the group’s ideology as manifesting broad-brush disrespect towards people from other countries, objectification of women and an emphasis on the way women look rather than on their intellect, abilities or contributions. “Deplorable” ideology reflects feelings of superiority and an outright fear of people who are different physically, racially, sexually and ethnically from people within their own social circles.
To gin up even more fear among Deplorables about people from central America, President Trump has publicly claimed without providing any proof that there are “middle easterners” in “the middle” of the caravan. Trump has admitted he has no proof of this, but nevertheless continues to make the claim.
Among those who belong to the Mesa County Deplorables’ Facebook page are Mesa County Commissioner John Justman, sitting Grand Junction City Councilman Duncan McArthur and former Grand Junction City Councilman Marty Chazen.