Free Hugs Project Attends Wisconsin Trump Rally

StoryfulPublished: July 1, 2017Updated: July 5, 2017
Published: July 1, 2017Updated: July 5, 2017

The man behind the Free Hugs Project visited a Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin on March 29 to see what the reaction would be to his hug offer. Ken Nwadike, who started the project, wandered through the rally in Janesville with a sign saying “free hugs” and wearing a similar shirt.The mission of the Free Hugs Project is “to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues,” according to the group’s Facebook page.Nwadike encountered a mixed bag of responses. Someone said he wouldn’t hug him because Nwadike was a Bernie Sanders supporter. One man said Nwadike was offering drugs, not hugs. A woman accepted a hug and then said, “Black is good, white is better.” One woman told him to “go to the hood” and be with the protesters.In one scene, a woman flips off the camera before accepting a free hug. Nwadike offers her friend a hug, and she asks if he’s voting for Trump. If he’s not, she says, she would punch him. Nwadike tells her he is for love, and she says she is for love before Nwadike points out she said she was going to punch him.There are a fair number of people who also accept the hugs, including a group hug among several Trump supporters waiting to get inside the event.

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