Northside social experiment: Can Northside be the new America?
It was a sunny, spring day in Northside, California, when a man and woman walked into a restaurant in search of the answer to one of the most important questions in the country’s politics: Are you a patriot?
The woman asked the man, and the man asked her.
They had just arrived in Washington, D.C., from their home in California, and as the man and the woman waited in line for the president’s motorcade, the woman noticed the man had his hands on his hips, and asked, “Is that a pose?”
The man replied, “No.”
The woman said, “It’s a pose, is it not?”
The president responded, “Yeah, but you have to do it.
You can’t have it on the outside.”
The president said, ‘No, you can’t do that.’
“Then he asked the woman, “Do you know what I’m talking about?
“And she said, no.
But when the woman tried to talk about how to take advantage of the president and his staff’s lack of experience, the president snapped, “I’m not gonna tell you what to do.
I’m gonna tell ya what you gotta do.
You gotta do what you have been doing all your life, and you got to do what I say.
“Trump’s comments sparked outrage on social media, including from liberals and Democrats.
But on the morning of June 9, the first day of a national “day of action” organized by the group American Renaissance, the pair were at a Starbucks, chatting about politics and the Trump administration.
The man, a self-described “social conservative,” said, I don’t know who the president is, but I know that I don,t like what he’s doing.
The woman replied, I am going to say, “Well, Mr. President, I think you’re not doing enough for me.”
Then the woman asked, I would like to ask the president if he was willing to let me go to the White House to talk to him.
The president, who was sitting behind the counter at the Starbucks, laughed and said, Yes.”
I thought he was joking,” the woman told CNN.
But, she added, “the president said ‘no’ when he said, you know, we are gonna give you the opportunity to talk with him. “
I thought it was funny,” she said.
But, she added, “the president said ‘no’ when he said, you know, we are gonna give you the opportunity to talk with him.
I am not going to let you go.”
The two exchanged a few words and then the woman walked out of the store, leaving the man alone.
Afterward, Trump and his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, a top White House aide, held a press conference to defend the president.
Trump’s remarks were followed by another, by Conway, who said, he said he did not know who she was, but that he had met her, and they were good friends.
The conversation took place just before 1:00 a.m., just hours before the president was set to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast.
“It was just a great meeting,” the president told reporters.
“We talked about how the president thinks about things, how he works on his staff, how much he likes to do things.”
“It was very informal,” Conway said, explaining that she didn’t realize the man was actually her boss, and that the two men had a cordial relationship.
“There were no punches thrown.”
But it quickly became clear that the man didn’t share Trump’s views.
The two men exchanged a handful of words, then, after some thought, the man said, No, I’m not going anywhere.
And then the president said: ‘I’m gonna do what we have to.
We gotta have it.’
I said ‘Yeah, I know.’
He said, OK, well, I’ll do it.’
“That same day, on June 10, the White Senate Office of Public Liaison issued a statement in which they said that “the President’s comments about Northside are inaccurate.
We understand the need to speak out about the importance of a robust civil society and that has not changed.
“It’s unclear how much the pair shared.
But after Trump’s comments, Conway was criticized for a tweet she sent about the event that referenced “an incident” involving Northside resident and former congressman Kevin McCarthy, who had been shot by a white man while he was riding a bicycle in Northsides neighborhood.
The tweet, which included the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #Racism, also included a photo of a young black man being shot by white police officers.
The photo was later deleted from the account.
In the years since then, many have taken issue with Trump’s treatment of people of color.
On June 7, the day after the president spoke, a woman at a Trump rally in Alabama was charged with disorderly conduct after she and others attempted to enter the event without a ticket.