While feeling bombarded today by nightmarish hearsay (CNN) I rediscovered this photo of something I witnessed back at the Anaheim Trump rally and had forgotten about completely. You may have heard things about the Trump rallies during election season--particularly about the way that Trump was reported to deal with protestors: before Trump comes out on stage, an official recording asks attendees to help in the removal of protestors by surrounding them and chanting "Trump! Trump! Trump!" until security can come drag them away. Even though I'd heard about this before I went to the rally, it sounded so medieval I don't think I really believed it. But then in Anaheim I saw it happen over and over again. And each time, Trump shouted the final order to security: "Get him out of here!" And the crowd cheered. Security wasn't necessarily gentle during these removals: I saw them get one protestor through the exit by lifting him up and shoving him through the double door like a human battering ram. That seemed excessive to me. But my sense was also that these protestors had come to the rally with exactly this in mind. In a way Trump kept giving them what they wanted: making himself look more authoritarian and dangerous each time he ordered another one of them thrown out. Anyway--all this is just to explain the context for this picture, which is of the weirdest example I saw. This young guy in the center of the image (I hesitate to even call him a protestor) entered the convention center on the upper floor, then just stood in the entrance holding up two small flags: one for Mexico and one for the United States. That was all: he didn't speak. Just stood there. Soon enough, people spotted him and he got dealt with the same way as all the others--though he'd never actually said a word. What you see here is the beginning of the crowd's response, as they started pointing him out, standing and shouting, "Trump! Trump! Trump!" The protestor is so small in the frame that it seems impossible that Trump could have made him out from his place down by the podium. Still, he gave the same order to security as for all the others: "Get him out of here!" he shouted. And they did.