You'd think the Donald Trump campaign should consider Jake Anantha an ideal supporter: he's a teenager, and the son of immigrants—two demographic groups the Republican presidential candidate has utterly failed to court. Trump should have taken the kid on tour with him.
Instead, Trump has lost Anantha's vote, and his parents'. That's because security removed the 18-year-old college student from a Trump rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, after presuming that he was there to heckle.
Anantha wasn't doing anything wrong, according to The Charlotte Observer. He was just standing around, waiting for the event to start, when a security officer tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to leave.
The man might have confused Anantha for somebody else—perhaps all dark-skinned rally attendees are presumed to be hecklers in Trumpland. "We know who you are," said the security officer. "You've been at many other rallies."
He was wrong. This was Anantha's first Trump rally, and he was there because he loves the candidate. Or used to:
Anantha says he stood outside the Convention Center watching a stream of white people enter.
"I thought (Trump) was for all people. I don't believe he is for all people anymore," he said. "Why are all these white people allowed to attend and I'm not?"
Anantha previously said Trump wasn't a racist, but now he isn't so sure:
Jake and Ramesh Anantha say they realize it was not Trump who personally ordered the removal, but they say the candidate is responsible for the people he hires and the tone he sets.
He's hoping for an apology—good luck with that—but plans to vote for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson regardless.