Full disclosure: I was part of a panel of three that awarded Bosch Fawstin the grand prize in the Garland, Texas Draw Muhammad Art Exhibition. I voted for Fawstin. I do not know Bosch Fawstin personally. I’ve spoken with him on 2 occasions through email, both times after he was awarded the prize.
Any statement I make here does not reflect the opinions of AFDI, Pamela Geller or Robert Spencer.
Breitbart has published the latest Bosch Fawstin image. It depicts Geert Wilders looking at Muhammad behind bars, implying that perhaps he was the one who put him there. Interestingly, the man looking at Muhammad could easily be mistaken for Donald Trump.
I say “interestingly” because Bosch Fawstin is ardently anti-Trump. It’s made more interesting because Geert Wilders has endorsed Donald Trump. So, Fawstin has paid homage to a man who has endorsed a man that Fawstin abhors.
We are living in strange times.
Funny Fawstin would use the phrase “sell him to me.” More on that later.
Trump was against Pamela Geller’s exhibition because in his view she was “taunting” Muslims and putting people in unnecessary danger.
I disagreed with Trump, calling him one of the “dhim bulbs” who didn’t get it. But at no time did I think Trump was/is a politician who would be seeking to make a law that would limit free speech, particularly ones that would protect Islam. (I do believe that Hillary is such a politician. And I do believe Hillary will seek to make what we do and say about Islam, on these blogs, illegal.) He was pointing out that with free speech there are consequences, and in his view he could foresee problems with drawing the pictures. He says as much in the video I linked above.
Again, I disagree with Trump. I think it’s my duty to taunt in order to preserve the 1st amendment, and I would accept the consequences of my actions with pride. In regards to Garland, I think it was understood by all who participated that a hornet’s nest was being poked. So no one was being put in harm’s way unknowingly. Each and every person at that event were performing an admirable and brave duty.
When given a "choice" between a lying, Big Gov, "free speech, but" candidate & a lying, Big Gov, "free speech, but" candidate, I abstain.
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) August 13, 2016
For the record, Pamela Geller is supporting Trump for the presidency of the United States. She was previously a full-throated supporter of Ted Cruz, but has the good sense to understand that Ted Cruz is not an option in 2016. It’s either Hillary or Trump. She chooses Trump.
As for the rest of Fawstin’s rant, that Trump has flipped, and or, flopped on issues, I have no desire to debate this wise and insightful and wholly original observation that I’ve never heard before. In fact, I’ll stipulate that he’s a flip-flopper for the sake of expediency, just to let the air out of this particular balloon, with a great yawning sound.
Nowhere has Trump flipped to the left of Hillary. Not even close. At best, one could have a deep suspicion that he might, he just might, be exactly like Hillary.
But even if Trump announced today that he was adopting every plank of Hillary’s platform I would still vote for Trump. Why? Because one of them will be president in 2017, and I will opt for the candidate that hasn’t enriched themselves through public service. I will not vote for a woman who has skated on scandal after scandal after scandal because of friends in high places. I will not vote for a woman who would be in jail if it not were for vast left-wing conspiracies that protect her. I will not vote for a woman that has caused us to gnash our teeth at the very sight of her because she’s managed to survive the blatant lies, the smugness and the smirks. And then there’s Bill…
No, I won’t do it. My need to punish the Clintons trumps Trump, as it should every conservative.
What we’re left with here, essentially, is a giant gambling wheel. Each slot details what conservatives might possibly get with a Trump administration. It runs the range from “surprisingly remarkable” to “just like Hillary.”
I’m willing to spin the wheel, while #NeverTrump is standing pat on Hillary.
It’s a stupid, stupid, stupid bet. Have I mentioned how stupid this bet is?
There are 2 other issues I’d like to address.
If I owned an airline, all airplane seats would be made of pigskin leather & I'd advertise it Loudly. Safest airline in the world
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) August 12, 2016
One can’t help think that this is something Trump would say, and then be excoriated by anti-Trump people for saying it. I know that some say they have a problem with Trump when he backs off provocative statements, and that’s why they lose their enthusiasm for him. But most #NeverTrump conservatives join the left-wing condemnation of Trump because he says things like Fawstin’s tweet above. This is a tack I find disingenuous and hypocritical. I call it a tack because there is an agenda behind the nodding. They want a different outcome that simply isn’t going to happen on election day. It’s Trump or Clinton. Saying “neither” is childish.
Oddly, in Trump we have the first “right-wing blogger” presidential candidate. We’ve met us, and we don’t like it.
I was just told I let my "fame" go to my head for criticizing ¬ supporting tRump. Whatever "fame" I have, I hope it would go to my wallet
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) August 12, 2016
I’m not getting the connection between having fame go to one’s head and not being a Trump supporter. I do understand what he’s saying about fame not being in proportion to what’s in your wallet, particularly when you’ve put so much skin into the game. I admire Fawstin for what he did and what he represents, and how it must suck to be in danger for little monetary reward.
But this was never about money and this should have been contemplated before submitting art that would put one in the spotlight. The award was $12,500.
After the Garland Exhibition Fawstin attempted to sell the image to the highest bidder on Ebay.
Here’s how it was presented-
Own a piece of history. Own the Cartoon at the Center of a Terrorist Attack.
I get it. Capitalism… but….