'Conservative Yelp' Provides Safe Haven for Trump Supporters
|thenorthstar||Mar 14, 2019|
There’s an app for everything. Literally. 63red Safe is a new phone application that hopes to become a “conservative Yelp” that will help Donald Trump supporters rate restaurants and businesses “safe” or “unsafe” based on other people’s views toward the president and politics, according to a Daily Beast report. The application would also inform whether they can carry handguns into restaurants or not.
“I'm trying to position it as an everyday 'where can I go eat safely' app,” the app’s founder, Scott Wallace, told the publication. Why? Because Wallace envisions a future where anti-fascists just won’t leave these poor Trump supporters alone. "I believe that, between now and 2020, we’re going to see the rise of the socialist goon squad,” he continued. “I think antifa was nothing compared between now and what’s coming in 2020. And I’m deeply concerned.”
The report also indicated that the app allegedly allows users to answer four questions for each business, such as “Will this business protect its customers if they are attacked for political reasons?” or “Does this business allow legal concealed carry under this state’s laws?” Based on the responses, an establishment would receive a green check mark, meaning that it’s safe for Trump supporters to visit, or a red “no” symbol. 63red Safe is conceived at a time when MAGA-hat wearing supporters and even members of the Trump administration have been ousted from public establishments. In June 2018, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and seven members of her family were booed and kicked out of a Virginia restaurant, according to Sanders herself.
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted at the time. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
Last summer, protesters also heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she was dining at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC. Following chants of “shame” and “end family separation” while being hounded with questions about the border wall and draconian immigration policies, Nielsen left the restaurant after nearly 10 minutes, CNN reported.
Other figures related to Trump have faced public scorn in the nation’s capital, including Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Stephen Miller. According to The Washington Post, the latter had an unusual way to protest a protester: he threw $80 worth of sushi, “afraid that someone in the restaurant had spit in or otherwise tampered with his food.”
The 63rd Safe app has received 5,000 reviews since its inception early this month, but it may not be enough to provide enough information for Trump supporters across the country, according to the Beast. Even Wallace admitted to the publication that 63rd Safe “faces long odds of success.”
It turns out, being a Trump supporter has also decreased their chances of finding love. Last year an application called “Donald Daters” was launched to help “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike,” according to TechCrunch. However, a technical glitch on the app leaked user information including user’s names, profile pictures, device type, and their private messages.
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