Did a Trump supporter yell ‘monkey’ or ‘spygate’ at Donald Trump’s mini-rally?

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Before the Republican National Convention really started rolling yesterday, Donald Trump did an unhinged event in North Carolina, which is home to this year’s “scaled down” RNC. His staff timed his speech for the delegate roll call, and clearly, the GOP thinks this is a winning strategy: Let Trump Be Trump, or Just Put Him In Front of a Camera. That’s all that’s happening now, there is no script, there is no message beyond deflect and project and lie and grift. Still, something new happened during Trump’s bigly speech – someone in the audience shouted out something:

President Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee Monday after a scaled-down group of delegates gathered for a roll-call vote at the Charlotte Convention Center. Trump, who had promised to focus the Republican National Convention on a more positive and upbeat vision for the country, opened his speech as the newly selected nominee by attacking Democrats for their push to expand access to mail-in ballots amid the ongoing pandemic.

“It’s not fair, it’s not right, and it’s not going to be possible to tabulate,” Trump said. “They are using COVID to defraud the American people of a fair and free election. They are trying to steal the election,” Trump continued. “Don’t let them take it away from you.”

When Trump mentioned former President Barack Obama’s name, an attendee shouted something that sounded to some like the word “monkey” and to others like “spygate.”

“Let’s be nice,” Trump said, provoking laughter from the audience. He then added, “This could only happen in North Carolina,” before continuing with his remarks.

[From NBC News]

I’m including the video clip below – I’ve listened to this f–king audio with an open mind, listening for both “spygate” and “monkey.” Out of five listens, I heard “monkey” four times and “spygate” once. It’s like the “what color is that dress” thing. The thing is, TRUMP heard “monkey.” That’s the only way his comment makes any sense – “Let’s be nice… this could only happen in North Carolina.” He’s calling North Carolinians racists. He thinks North Carolinians are his people. And since HE heard “monkey,” we should judge him on his reaction to it, not the debate about what was actually shouted.

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19 Responses to “Did a Trump supporter yell ‘monkey’ or ‘spygate’ at Donald Trump’s mini-rally?”

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  1. Mumbles says:

    I’m hearing “monkey.” Not sure why Trump made the crack about this only happening in North Carolina. He’d get a similar reaction from his supporters in Long Island, or parts of New England. Frankly if you’re supporting Trump, you’re not doing it because of his sound economic policy or leadership through a pandemic. You’re supporting him because he’s appealing to your basest instincts. And sadly Trump has supporters all over the country.

    • robin says:

      One man says “spaygate” another says “sleepy Joe” – that’s why Trump says “Let’s be nice. Biden.”
      Which makes no sense, since he gave him that dumb nickname to begin with, but we’re talking about Trump.

  2. E.D. says:

    I played it 3 times and I heard ‘Spygate’ every time.

  3. Traci says:

    I hear spygate.

  4. Miranda says:

    So about that header photo… Does anyone remember the Great Goblin in the animated version of The Hobbit? Trump is definitely channeling him.


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  6. Bookie says:

    This is like that blue/gold dress optical illusion!

    I heard Spygate.

  7. Sunday says:

    it’s obvious what was said, and this “did he or didn’t he?!?!” debate gives these racist fools exactly what they want. it’s all on purpose, same as the guy “accidentally” saying segregationists instead of abolitionists.

    they get off on this, on being intentionally, overtly racist and then smirking and saying ‘oopsie, it was a mistake!’ whenever anyone takes the bait. their base knows it, people of color know it; it seems like only (seemingly) well-meaning white people don’t see it because they just can’t believe that yes these people are this racist, yes they do this all the time, this is textbook, this isn’t new.

  8. Darla says:

    The thing is, TRUMP heard “monkey.” That’s the only way his comment makes any sense – “Let’s be nice… this could only happen in North Carolina.”

    Nailed it.

    • Louise says:

      I clearly heard “spygate”. More specifically I heard “gate” then “spy” when I put the sounds together. Trump definately heard “monkey” though.

  9. Esmom says:

    I’ll go with monkey because just yesterday, on the northwest side of Chicago, I went running past a house that had a huge Trump banner across it in 2016. Recently I noticed they had lots of “support the police/thin blue line” signs, which of course is code for don’t support BLM. My eye was caught by a cardboard cutout in the window. I assumed it was Trump but when I slowed down to look it was a monkey or ape of some sort. I actually got shaky and had to stop running because I couldn’t imagine it being interpreted any other way but racist. People are sick.

  10. shanaynay says:

    In my opinion T is a racist f**k!!! Anybody who denies that is just turning a blind eye. When the man in office is racist AF, what does that say about our country, and those who voted and will probably vote for him again????????

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m inching closer to lynching overt white people. Can I say that? Can we just get another civil war over with already and tie up the racist leader, douse him with honey and leave him outside for a week? Free speech has gone of the rails, and I’m ready for reaction.

    • Edna says:

      I’m with you. Let’s just get the civil war over and done with. And when it’s over we can partition the country in half. Let them go live amongst like minds.

    • MM2 says:

      No, you should not say that. Can you? Yes, you can, but you should not invoke lynching, unless you’re talking about the horrors that Blacks lived with in our country. Making lynching into a joke, or threatening people with it, diminishes its history & waters down its meaning for so many. That word should not get thrown around. It also did not mean honey being put on people & left outside…this cartoons the reality of so many. Just pick another word next time, cuz I’m with you on the sentiment underneath your comment.

    • Thirtynine says:

      I hear your frustration, but no, I do not think you should say that. Only a few weeks to go now. Use that energy and fire you have to do everything in your power to support the Biden/Harris campaign. Don’t let this stuff distract you from the goal. Easy for me to say- I’m not there, but the rest of the world are counting on you to do what we can’t, and vote him OUT!

    • Joanna says:

      I know right? It’s like let’s get this over with. This white woman (me) will not be fighting on the racists’ side. I think by saying” lynching” you are saying do to the racist whites what they did/do to black people.