What If the Armed Occupiers of the Democratic Campaign Office Weren't White, The Young Turks Ask

In Palmyra, Virginia, Trump supporters are exercising their second amendment rights outside a democratic candidates campaign office where they occupied the front of the establishment for 12 hours at a time. 


"I'm trying to provide a voice for some of the people who might be closet supporters of Trump; other people who are worried to speak out because of possible persecution and stuff, I want to provide you with a voice and let you know that there are more of us out here than you think," Daniel Parks, a local Trump supporter explained. 

And Parks echoes Trump's haunting statements made at the last debate, involving locking up his opponent. 

"As a service member, I was charged with working on different weapon systems for the U.S. military, and if I had done a quarter of what Mrs. Clinton had done, would be serving 10 years in a federal penitentiary," the occupier continued. 

Meanwhile, the campaign office employees and volunteers are terrified. 

"He said my candidate was a liar and I explained to him this is the Jane Dittmar [for Congress] office and she is paying for this office, and he turned sideways to be sure we would see that he had an open carry gun, which is legal, it's fine, but it's intimidating," Su Wolff, a voluteer, told ABC News. 

Parks agreed he's just exercising his rights. 

"We are not a threat to anybody. The only threat is ignorance and that will breed fear," Parks said. 

But those inside the officce are skeptical of his statement. 

"If he wants to support his candidate, that is fine, but don't come here and stare into the office all day and expose your weapons," Wolff advised. 

Would local law enforcement be as supportive of the occupiers if they looked different? The Young Turks didn't think so. 

"It's not the focus of the story obviously but...  if the guy in the [Make America Great Again] hat put a turban on and comes there with a gun, he's in Guantanamo Bay," hypothesized "Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur. "Then we're not having a conversation about his legal rights to carry." 

"We've seen Philando Castile, who had a legal right to carry his weapon in Minnesota, get shot because the cop freaked out that there was a black guy with the gun, and even though he told the cop 'I have a weapon, I'm telling you as a legal gun owner,' boom," Uygur continued. "So these guys stare into an office of a political opponent of theirs with weapons -- we have gotten used to it, but we shouldn't."

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