The Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, annual conference was heavily regulated to minimize “triggering” events, but it wasn’t enough for some participants.
As the event began in Georgia this weekend, one of the organizers took the podium to establish some ground rules. Among the prohibitions the man listed were speaking to law enforcement and making any noise during speeches.
“We have a lot of disabled comrades,” he explained. To avoid “triggering” those with “invisible disabilities,” participants must refrain from clapping, cheering, hissing or conferring in any way with those around them, he said.
The organizer also shared that DSA had set up a “range of options” for “quiet rooms,” where participants could go to escape noise “so that people aren’t going to get triggered.” But he asked that participants wearing perfume not enter the quiet rooms, as the “aggressive scent” could be triggering.
“We don’t want to put people in stressful situations that they don’t consent to,” the organizer said on the issue of perfume avoidance.
The Democratic Socialist convention went about as well as you’d think it would. pic.twitter.com/cPxaLQq4ZH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 6, 2019
The organizer went on to discuss the importance of “credentials,” warning that unauthorized attendees could be “right-wing infiltrators.” He ordered his fellow socialists not to “talk to anybody who doesn’t have credentials or to “anybody who identifies themselves as a member of the press.”
Above all, he declared, all interaction with police was forbidden.
“Don’t talk to cops,” he said. “If there are cops there for any reason at all, and if you do see somebody talking to cops, let the marshals know!”
The “marshals” were apparently DSA members appointed to maintain order at the conference.
DSA annual conference still triggering for some
Despite all the rules, the convention went off the rails when murmurs from the audience reached a level that was simply intolerable to one participant. Outraged, the man interrupted a female speaker to declare a “point of personal privilege.”
“Guys, first of all, James Jackson Sacramento, he/him,” the man began, introducing himself and establishing his gender identity.
“I just wanna say, can we please keep the chatter to a minimum? I’m one of the people who’s very very prone to sensory overload. There’s a lot of whispering and chatter going on, it’s making it very difficult to focus.”
However, another participant immediately stood up to declare that he was triggered by the first man’s trigger warning. In particular, he objected to the use of the word “guys.”
“Please do not use gendered language to [unintelligible] to address everyone,” the man nearly shouted.
The woman on stage was visibly annoyed.
Meanwhile, other socialists took to Twitter to complain that the no clapping rule was not being followed strictly enough.
— Annie Shields (@anastasiakeeley) August 2, 2019
On woman deemed the conference “traumatizing” but worth it.
#DSACon19 was trying for most, traumatizing for many – but I’m deeply moved by the care, support, conviction, and discipline exercised by our @dsa_lsc family. Feeling exhausted, and never more certain we have all the tools we need to win.
— Kelly Roache 🌻🐙🔌🌹 (@kelly_c_roache) August 4, 2019
The mockery commences
Videos of the conference soon began making the rounds on social media, and conservatives grabbed the popcorn.
Human Events managing editor Ian Miles Cheong tweeted Sunday: “Real life is worse than that BBC skit making fun of social justice warriors offended by everything.”
Real life is worse than that BBC skit making fun of social justice warriors offended by everything.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 4, 2019
Fox News host Jess Watters joked on “The Five” talk show Monday that the man who complained about gendered pronouns was too good to be true.
“I don’t think that was an actual socialist,” he said. “I think that was a conservative comedian pretending to be a snowflake socialist for laughs. There’s no way that could have been real!”
Students for Trump also enjoyed the socialist conference. The group tweeted Monday that it was feeling pretty good about 2020.
This is President Trump’s competition in 2020?
This is pitiful…
WATCH as the Democratic Socialists of America list the rules for their National Convention ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BRs4qwT2w6
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) August 5, 2019