Lifelong Democrat in Ohio Receives VIP Invite to Trump Rally After Facing Backlash for Trump Support


Ohio journalist Scott Ford, a lifelong Democrat and self-described progressive, claims he was smeared by his liberal friends after announcing he would attend President Donald Trump’s rally in Cincinnati.

The backlash earned him a shout-out from Lara Trump and a VIP invite to the rally scheduled for August 1 at the U.S. Bank Arena.

“Thrilled to have you join for the rally in Cincinnati. We welcome everyone—it’s never too late to decide to support President Donald Trump. It’s sad that some have made you feel badly about attending but we look forward to welcoming you with open arms,” Lara Trump wrote on Twitter Monday.

Ford, who speaks openly about his life as an HIV-positive man, said he has “only been treated kind and felt love from Republicans” since deciding to attend the rally.

“These are decent human beings. Good people. I was treated horribly from some [sic] many Democrats. Keeping fair, not all Democrats are evil, but the level of rage and hate is deeply troubling,” he said.

Ford lives in Cincinnati and regularly writes about the renewal of blue-collar industries in his hometown.

“This is what #MAGA looks like. What a stunning renaissance in Cincinnati,” he wrote in one recent tweet.

Ford said in a video posted to Twitter that the “backlash and hate” he’s faced have surpassed his expectations.

“As a lifelong Democrat, I will be attending my first-ever Trump rally. I was selected by the White House to also attend a leadership seminar prior to Trump’s Cincinnati rally,” he wrote in a July 18 tweet that started the dispute.

“By sharing one tweet that I as a lifelong Democrat will be attending my first-ever Trump rally, the backlash and hate has surpassed my expectations of any decent human being,” he said Monday when reflecting on the matter.

“I’ve had members of media around the country, friends of mine, lifelong contacts—people scold me. I’ve had folks from TV stations block me. All from sharing that as a lifelong Democrat I’m interested in hearing President Trump’s message and I will be attending his rally in Cincinnati,” he added, saying the backlash he’s received has been “painful.”

“On the end of the other receiver, the thousands of folks who have embraced me to support me—total strangers—these are decent, kind human beings, and this is Trump’s base of passionate supporters. They’re not terrible people. They’re not deplorable. They’re not less. These are decent human beings with class and grace,” Ford continued.

He later shared that as “a gay man living with HIV/AIDS,” his life “has not been negatively impacted by Donald Trump or the current admin.”

“In fact, federal/state grant money made it possible in Ohio for my $75,000, 90 pills HEP C treatment. I am now fully cured. First time in 24 years,” he said.

John Pence, a senior advisor to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, thanked Ford for speaking up.

“Because of our president, you will find that the GOP is a party for all Americans who want a stronger, safer and more prosperous country. That’s why we put America first, not last,” Pence wrote on Twitter.

Brandon Straka, founder of the WalkAway Campaign, also tweeted his support for Ford.

“Many of us have experienced exactly what you’re going through now,” he said. “It’s a shocking realization that 20-30+ years of friendship begets no loyalty or reliability whatsoever. Liberals place allegiance to cult over friendship.”

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Lara Trump” by Lara Trump. Background Photo “Ohio Trump Rally” by Hayden Schiff. CC BY 2.0. 



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