New app helps Trump supporters find MAGA-friendly businesses
By Stephen Brown: @SteveBTech is the founder of DigiLyfe, Nubby.co, DigitalAfro.com, and StemStars.org an organization that teaches K-12 Students Technology.
My my how times have changed…
A new app launched this month will help conservatives find “safe” restaurants and other businesses where they feel they won’t be harassed for supporting President Trump.
The ’63red Safe’ app, described as “Yelp for conservatives,” was created in response to reports of Trump administration officials and Trump supporters being asked to leave restaurants.
App creator Scott Wallace on Monday told “Fox & Friends” that his aim was to get “politics out of local businesses [and] local restaurants.”
“We wanted to make sure that people could let others know what restaurants may have a political bent,” he said. “We’re not looking to try and find restaurants that are ‘conservative’ or ‘pro-Trump.’ ”
“We want businesses to understand that there’s no money in politics,” he said. “We want to make sure everyone’s safe out there.”
The creator of an app described as “Yelp for conservatives” says that the aim is “to get politics out of local businesses [and] local restaurants,” even though businesses can get marked unsafe for banning firearms. pic.twitter.com/1ITNgp0cXS
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 11, 2019
The app allows users to label restaurants as “safe” or “unsafe” for conservatives based on four questions: Whether the restaurant serves guests “of every political belief,” if it allows legal concealed carry, will it “protect its customers if they are attacked for political reasons” and if the establishment avoid politics in its ads and social media.
Wallace told the Daily Beast that he thinks the app will grow in popularity ahead of the 2020 election, when he says he thinks Trump supporters are likely to be targeted by “socialist goon squads,” specifically naming the anti-fascist group “Antifa.”
“I think Antifa was nothing compared between now and what’s coming in 2020,” he said. “And I’m deeply concerned.”
One restaurant labeled as “unsafe” on the app, according to The Daily Beast, is The Red Hen in Lexington, Va., where White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave last year.
Other Trump officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, have been confronted by protests and customers while dining out.
63red Safe is one of four apps launched under the brand. The others are a news app, a “real-time conservative chat” app and a social planning app called 63red Gather.