The Hall of Fame for great social experiments will likely receive another inductee after a young California man and self-identified liberal traveled to Memphis to seek new friends at a Trump rally.
Joining the famed Asch Conformity, Bobo Doll and Stanford Prison social experiments, young Samuel Donner wanted to see what would happen if he attended a Trump rally in which he identified himself as a liberal, then ask strangers if they would be his friend despite their political differences.
His goals were twofold: 1) to see if he would encounter hostility and violence when sharing alternate political views at a Trump rally and 2) to see if it would be possible to find “100 new friends.”
Donner posted his experience on TikTok and joined “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday to share what happened.
Donner told Doocy he had preconceived ideas about attending a Trump rally and what he might encounter, sharing that he expected people to be “aggressive.”
“Growing up in L.A., you think that these events are going to be like, very aggressive,” Donner said, but his experience was very positive.
Donner’s viral video includes excerpts from various interactions he had with Trump supporters. The video shows MAGA-ites to be welcoming, engaging and friendly. Ninety-eight percent of those asked were quick to say, “Yes, I will be your friend.”
Notably, Donner began each conversation with strangers with “Hello, my name is Samuel and I am a liberal.” Donner was pleasantly surprised by how he was treated, noting that one Trump supporter, after agreeing to be his friend, even invited him to share in a local Bible study gathering.
To his credit, Donner, though having strong preconceived ideas (and fears) about MAGA Republicans, is now reconsidering what many have told him is true. According to a Fox News report, Donner told Doocy “that his experience has changed how he views America and challenged his prior notions about Trump supporters.”
The California teen also noted that despite increased civil unrest and heightened political tensions, Americans of all political stripes have much in common — more than many media outlets lead the public to believe.
“We’re just trying to find common ground between humans. And I think at the end of the day, humans have a lot more common ground than we’re led to believe. If you can start those conversations, you can actually understand where that common ground is.”
Donner reiterated that he did not expect that anyone at a Trump rally would want to talk with him — or commit to being his friend. He is pleased to report that, though “there were a couple of people who didn’t want to talk to me, but overall, everyone was super-friendly.”
DeplorableUltraMAGA commented on the Fox News post:
“He will now be canceled by the left. He left the reservation and thought for himself. This is unacceptable to the tolerant left.”
pintergast412 also commented on the Fox thread:
“I’m a registered Independent voter and have not seen Republicans spreading hate. Do they defend themselves? Yes. But it’s Democrat politicians who I’ve seen spreading the hate message and, to me, that pretty much tells the story.”
“This is not the first time we’ve seen this. The rhetoric from the left is that right-wingers and Trump supporters are bad people. Individual voters on the left are then constantly surprised when that turns out not to be the case.”
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