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State Fair Vendor Plies Trumpists with Traitor Flag

Bad enough that the opportunist pigs who dirtied Rapid City with their Trump Shop defaced American flags with the face and name of a fascist incompetent. Worse, they trucked their vulgar wares to the South Dakota State Fair, where they greeted aspiring Mussolini-ites with American flags defiled by the superimposition of the traitor flag:

Traitor flag on display in Trump Shop, South Dakota State Fair, Huron, SD, 2019.09.01.
Traitor flag on display in Trump Shop, South Dakota State Fair, Huron, SD, 2019.09.01. Photo by roving DFP correspondent Dave Baumeister.

The people who trooped in to this tent to affirm their baser urges with not one word of complaint toward this unpatriotic display betray the most basic principles of America’s greatness and the men and women who fought and died to protect it.


  1. Debbo 2019-09-03 20:55

    Shame on him, defacing and debasing the US flag. 😠😠😠

  2. Ken 2019-09-03 21:07

    Somebody should’ve commandeered a D10 CAT and pushed that racist trash, along with any of his moronic supporters who happened to be in the tent, over to the nearest Dumpster, then backed over it all about 10 times for good measure.

  3. Richard 2019-09-03 22:48

    yep they horn in on everything even the car show in winner had some big farm truck covered with trump crap

  4. chris 2019-09-03 23:00

    check out the whois:

    Whois Record for
    How does this work?
    Domain Profile
    Registrant Org Showmakers Incorporated
    Registrant Country us
    Registrar, LLC
    IANA ID: 146
    Whois Server:

    Registrar Status ok, ok
    Dates 1,241 days old
    Created on 2016-04-10
    Expires on 2020-04-10

    “Shownakers Incorporated”

    So, it’s a…circus company?

  5. cibvet 2019-09-03 23:48

    One thing to be sure of is that those with a bible in one hand and a copy of the constitution in their pocket( neither one that they have read) and waving a 25 cent flag in their other hand declaring patriotism, to be sure, most have never served in the military for their own cowardly reasons.Those that have served still wear their surplus camouflage carrying around their M-16’s, telling anyone who will listen, their war stories, when all they actually were is REMFs. Pathetic!!

  6. Nick Nemec 2019-09-04 00:55

    While I was at the fair I walked up and checked the first hat I came to at the Trump Tent, “Made in China.” I suppose that counts as making America great. The trade war tariffs are keeping my soybeans out of China, too bad they can’t keep this garbage out of America.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-09-04 06:01

    Good point, Nick. A visitor to my booth said he couldn’t find any merchandise in the Trump tent made in America.

  8. mike from iowa 2019-09-04 07:38

    China owns enough of our debt they probably consider America theirs. And Drumpf still has not repatriated any of his clothing factories as near as I can tell.

  9. Kenny Weiland 2019-09-04 07:50

    Capitalizing on an idiots ideology and the people that share it with him. SICKENING

  10. Realist 2019-09-04 07:51

    “Every person has an opinion, and every person is entitled to express that opinion.” – Cory Heidelberger. Isn’t that what this group is doing?

  11. Allyson Nagel 2019-09-04 08:25

    A few weeks ago I took my young granddaughters (ages 8 & 4) to Prairie Village’s August Jamboree west of Madison, SD to celebrate our family’s heritage of South Dakota. The jamboree’s flea market had a couple of vendors marketing huge displays of trump flags, banners, t-shirts and maga hats along with confederate flag ponchos and more! We quickly left the flea market area. I took a few deep breaths and we continued on to enjoy the wonderful historical treasures of PV, leaving trump and racism behind.

  12. Wade Brandis 2019-09-04 09:36

    Allyson: I also saw those Trump vendors at the PV flea market, but I think there were only three vendors total. One vendor was selling strictly Trump merchandise as you described. Strangely, another vendor was also selling a flag with the Democrat donkey symbol and a rainbow pride flag alongside the Trump flags. I also saw one vendor simply displaying a Trump 2020 sign outside their RV, but was selling non-Trump items. I didn’t let these Trump vendors ruin my flea market experience. I simply ignored them and continued to look at the other flea market vendors that didn’t sell Trump merchandise.

    On another note, I went back to my hometown of Winner over the Labor Day weekend, and once again I saw a Trump 2020 flag attached to a float sponsored by a local welding business. I’d imagine with the election coming next year, we will see more of these pop-up Trump shops and flags appearing in these rural settings.

  13. jerry 2019-09-04 10:03

    Indeed Mr. Brandis, you gotta keep selling us rubes on the idea that we’re winning the trade war with China, as that is easy peasy . Of course, the more you advertise crap, the more people finally get tired of “the set it and forget it” and it goes away.

    Meanwhile, China is continuing their economic success…without us the US. Costco opens a huge store in Shanghai and is overwhelmed with customers. More investors are coming to China for opportunities, including Germany and her investors. But boy, do we have one helluva lot of soybeans and more to store after this harvest. With the Chubby trumpy steel prices as high as they are, putting these beans in steel bins will be even more expensive. Time for another bribe out here for us rubes while we wave the Chubby trumpy flag.

    “he Trump China team never bothered to find out what’s going on in China. If they had, they would realize total foreign direct investments into China in the first half of 2019 actually increased by 1.5% from the previous year. In other words, companies are not backing out but continue to invest in China because, unlike Trump, they believe in China as an attractive place to do business.

    China’s GDP increased by 6.5% last year, only 1.5% was due to exports – and obviously exports to America contributed only a fraction of that. In other words, exporting to the US wasn’t as important to China’s economy as Trump had imagined.”

    Chubby trumpy and his mafia family, still stay invested in China and still have 37 registered trademarks there. How about that!!

  14. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-09-04 12:45

    But in addition, “Realist,” these people are making money from and promoting racism and treason. People are entitled to express an opinion, but they are then obliged to face the judgment of patriotic citizens who see the wrongheadedness and danger in those that opinion.

    And what is that opinion? That betraying your country, starting a civil war, and shooting American soldiers is good? That’s what the traitor flag stands for.

  15. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-09-04 12:45

    Kenny, capitalizing on it is bad enough. Even worse is the fact that they promote the destructive hatred of Trumpism to all the young kids at the Fair.

  16. Realist 2019-09-04 14:16

    Cory – I agree with the general statement. However, I also hate and disagree that people have the constitutional right to burn the flag, yet I recognize their right to do so. I feel the same applies here.

  17. o 2019-09-04 14:43

    I was watching Frontline last night about the US/China Trade war and again I realize that the true villains in all this are the US companies. They are the ones that have absolutely NO patriotic reservation to their profit-the-share-holders only business approach. They flee to China to reduce production costs and then put that money in their pocket as they also complain about how China does business BUT asks the US to not make a big deal about it because it is all still a net gain for them individually.

    China did not come in the dead of night and kidnap US businesses; US businesses chose to relocate to China to make profit for THEMSELVES; any US worker or city or tax payer that was hurt by that move is irrelevant because it did not negatively affect profit.

    China is playing an economic strategy that the US is not ready for. China is going to capture the Chinese marker for cars with electric cars – what can the US do to compete in that market? US policy is doubling down on gas and oil.

    The Chinese had great respect for the US economy, then the US economy imploded from self-inflicted wounds and the Chinese were shown that the emperor had not clothes and the US economy was frail and not worthy of their respect. Crashing our own economy cost the US ALL moral high ground with China on ALL issues.

  18. Donald Pay 2019-09-04 16:03

    One thing I’ve always marveled at is how people have to wear an outfit, wave a flag, dress in certain colors or have secret hand signals to feel part of a group. You see it a lot with the motorcycle clubs, fraternities and gangs, but it’s all over. Liz was telling me that the whole idea of wearing or not wearing certain colors, dresses and suits after Labor Day originally started with a bunch of women who wanted to use a dress code as a way to tell their haughty in-group from the masses. So now we’re stuck with the nonsense that Obama shouldn’t wear a tan suit. Why, exactly, I don’t know. I guess because some women in the 1930s made some stuff up to be elitist.

    No one seems to be confident enough in themselves to just dress the way they want. Liz and I laugh at that, but then she knitted a pussy hat for herself and others to wear on marches. Go figure.

    I used to be this way, too. I wore the regular youth uniform of my day–jeans and jeans shirt or jacket. But as I got older, I tended to just wear what felt comfortable in.

    One thing I learned when I was lobbying is that if you break the dress rules (I did it by wearing a tan suits in Jan-March sessions), people pay a bit more attention to you when you are speaking. It gives you a bit of an edge. I learned this from a conservative rancher, who always wore a yucky green sport coat. People payed attention.

  19. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-09-04 20:33

    The same does not apply here, Realist. The general principle on which you and I agree is that people have a right to express their opinion. Nowhere in my original post or in the comments here do I question the legal right of the Trump tent owners to express their opinion or hawk their opinion spreading wares. My point is that their opinion is profoundly objectionable, which you appear not to rebut.

    I will contend further that there is a difference between burning a flag and celebrating the flag of traitors under the guise of patriotism.

    One can burn a flag and still make an honest claim to defend the principles of the Constitution. One cannot celebrate the banner (and, inescapably, the agenda, the cause) of racist traitors and make a similar claim of loyalty to the Constitution.

    This country has too darn much false equivalencies. Watch more Sesame Street: some of these things really aren’t like the others.

  20. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-09-04 20:37

    Interesting fashion point, Don. In following the pressure to conform, we make it harder to get attention. We open the door for nonconformists to have a little bit of a persuasive advantage. Maybe we should keep it that way—it may work to my advantage… ;-)

    Thinking about Don’s point, I wonder… do we characterize Trump hats and the other crap vended (vent?) at the Trump tent as expressions of conformity or nonconformity?

  21. Debbo 2019-09-04 21:46

    Here’s a trumpelstilskin going to extremes to show his allegiance to all things trumpish, in this case his inhumane border cages:

    “I actually went into that [cage] where it was reported that they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet,” [Iowa Rep. Steve] King reportedly said. “I took a drink out of there. And actually, pretty good!”

    According to King, a video of the alleged toilet-drinking—which, he later clarified, was from a water fountain attached to the toilet’s tank, rather than out of the bowl itself—exists, but he elected not to share it.”

  22. Donald Pay 2019-09-05 08:58

    Cory: “Thinking about Don’s point, I wonder… do we characterize Trump hats and the other crap vended (vent?) at the Trump tent as expressions of conformity or nonconformity?”

    Good question, Cory. Wearing a MAGA hat in my town might be nonconformity. You don’t see that here at all. Hardly any Trump bumper stickers, so they stick out when you do see them. In Aberdeen or Rapid, I suspect it might be conformity. Wearing a pussy hat at a demonstration against Trump would be conformity, for sure, though it might be considered a statement of solidarity, and a big FU to Trump.

    Whatever you call it, all these self-imposed or society-imposed “uniforms” seem a bit middle schoolish to me. In junior high, we absolutely couldn’t wear white socks. I wasn’t strong enough at that point to resist the conformity, but, you know, I still don’t wear white socks. Some of the girls would decide to wear the same color on certain days, I suppose as a way to distinguish their little clique.

    Come to think of it, much of our politics has descended to middle school levels, too.

  23. Donald Pay 2019-09-05 09:17

    Yikes. I took nonconformity to new heights above (at 16:03) with the word, “Payed,” which most people write as “paid.” There is a horror involved in looking back at what grammatical and spelling errors creep in when you think faster than you type, or maybe, type faster than you think.

    I did look it up and there is a use for “payed.” It would be the past tense of “pay out a rope” in a nautical sense.

  24. Wade Brandis 2019-09-05 10:47

    I don’t see very many MAGA or Trump hats in Madison, but except for one day while shopping downtown. At one business (which won’t be named), I was checked out by a man wearing a Trump 2020 hat along with a pro 2nd Amendment T-shirt Obviously, the man is a pro-Trump Republican, and I was tempted to ask him about the hat, but decided not to since the man was friendly while helping me at the register. I didn’t want to start a heated debate in the store.

    Some of these people who visibly show their pro-Trump stance sometimes seem very friendly when engaged in non political conversation. I wonder how much their mood would change if one were to start challenging their beliefs, or show up wearing a anti-Trump hat or clothes.

  25. Debbo 2019-09-05 12:33

    I see very little Liar-in-Chief signs in Northfield, though there are some supporters. There are 3 diehards in my building, devotees of all the wacko conspiracy lovers that Dale is enamored of. That’s out of 30. One is, or tries to be the building bully. Typical of trumpelstilskins.

  26. Donald Pay 2019-09-05 13:06

    Northfield. Minnesota? Love that town. My daughter spent 4 years at Carleton College, although a year was spent overseas (China). I can’t remember the name of the Thai restaurant downtown, but I loved that place.

  27. Debbo 2019-09-05 15:31

    I do too Don. 😊

  28. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-09-07 09:39

    (“Payed out rope”—I’d never thought of that alternative homophone verb! Interesting!)

  29. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-09-07 09:40

    Wade, political gear being worn by a public-facing employee on company time? That’s remarkable! I would be curious to know what business allows such freedom of speech and overt partisan campaigning on company time.

  30. leslie 2019-09-07 14:49

    come on Cory, you never had a treefort/house? :)

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