Liberal Preppers Are "Tired Of Being Perceived As Wusses" - Stock Up On Guns, Food As Trumpocalypse Looms

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Submitted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh via Vocativ

With Trump on the horizon, the survivalist movement — long a pastime of the right — is picking up progressive converts fast.

Colin Waugh bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election.

An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics.

“I kept asking myself, ‘Do I want to live under tyranny?'” said Waugh, who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and later backed Hillary Clinton. “The answer was absolutely not.”

With Trump now days away from assuming the White House, Waugh’s preparing for the worst. He’s made “bug-out bags” stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats. He’s begun stowing water and browsing real estate listings in Gunnison County, Colorado, which he’s determined to be a “liberal safe-haven.” Last month, Waugh added a 9mm handgun to his arsenal.

His advice to others on the left fearful of the next four years? “Get ready. Pay attention. Keep your wits about you.”

Waugh’s not alone. He is among a new cadre embracing extreme self-reliance in the wake of Trump’s surprising victory. Long a calling among conservatives spooked by big government boogymen and calamitous natural disasters, the so-called prepper movement is gaining a decisively liberal following.

“We’re tired of being perceived as wusses who won’t survive when shit hits the fan,” said Stacy, a Texas Democrat who recently caught the prepper bug. She spoke with Vocativ on the condition we not publish her last name. “I, for one, don’t like to be thought of as some precious snowflake.”

After years cast as a fringe survival group, preppers entered a kind of golden age during the Obama presidency. A horrific housing crash and the spectacle of Hurricane Sandy helped give rise to reality television shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunker, and fueled a multi-billion dollar survival industry. Branded by some as a foreign-born, gun-grabbing socialist, Obama aroused deep suspicion among the patriot groups, right-wing conservatives, and apocalyptic Christians at the center of the growing movement.

Trump’s provocative posturing and unpredictability is now inspiring a fresh wave of panic on the left. Those who spoke with Vocativ have envisioned scenarios that could lead to military coups led by loyalists of the president-elect and internment camps packed with political opponents, bloody social unrest and an all-out civil or nuclear war. Sound bonkers? Perhaps. But, for many, so was the prospect of a President Trump.

“It’s the nature of the political beast,” said Kevin O’Brien, a conservative prepper and realtor who specializes in off-the-grid properties in eastern Tennessee. “Obama had many on the right really wound up. Now it’s the left’s turn.”

Lib preppers


The signs of change are surely in the air. Groups that cater to gun-toting bleeding hearts — such as the aptly named Liberal Gun Club — say they’ve seen a surge in paid membership since the election. Candid talk of disaster preparedness among progressives is showing up on social media. Even companies that outfit luxury “safe rooms” — which protect their wealthy owners from bombs, bullets, and chemical attacks — attribute recent boosts in business to the incoming administration.

“I don’t think we’d have the same level of interest if Hillary had been elected president,” Tom Gaffney, whose fortified home shelters at Gaffco Ballistics run as high as $400,000, told Vocativ in an interview.

Looking for likeminded folks to weather the Trumpocalypse, Waugh started a private Facebook group called the Liberal Prepper shortly after the election. In nine weeks, it’s drummed up more than 750 members, all of whom are individually screened and vetted, Waugh said. Dozens more flock to it daily.

Few are wasting precious time. They trade tips on survival swag and solicit recommendations for solar panels, firearms, and raising chickens. There are discussions on homesteading and home safety. Links to news stories about the president-elect or signs of instability around the globe are never in short supply.

Occasionally, posts on the Liberal Prepper seem to veer close to parody. One debate thread last week centered around the merits of stocking up on recycled toilet paper rolls versus buying Angel Soft, a brand produced by Koch industries, a notorious climate change foe. And in another discussion, vegetarian and vegan members talked about the best meat- and dairy-free food supplies to have during a sustained crisis.

In a smaller Facebook group, Progressive Liberal Preppers, members who blacksmith, bow hunt, and operate ham radios are eager to teach their skills with others, said one the site’s administrators, who goes by the name of Blythe Bonnie. “The next thing we’re going to do is a class on home brewing and winemaking,” said Bonnie, a lifelong Democrat and 70-year-old now living in Arkansas.

While most of these liberal preppers say they are readying for any disaster — natural, manmade, or even zombie —  a doomsday scenario at the hands of a President Trump continues to be a primary concern.

“With the new administration I worry about Nazi-style camps that would include my wife, our twins and myself,” said Melissa Letos, who lives with her family on a five-acre spread near Portland, Oregon. In a recent interview, she said she raises chickens, strives to keep a year’s supply of canned food, and is able to hold her own with a firearm. She and her family plan to a build a bunker-style basement in the future.

Even as Letos and other liberals brace for bedlam, some longtime preppers worry that others in the movement have let their guard down. Michael Snyder, author of The Economic Collapse blog, recently warned against those on the right who seemed overly optimistic about a Trump presidency. “Everyone is feeling so good about things, very few people still seem interested in prepping for hard times ahead,” he wrote, raising the specter of financial instability in Europe and a potential trade war with China. “It is almost as if the apocalypse has been canceled and the future history of the U.S. has been rewritten with a much happier ending.”

For Waugh and his liberal peers, the apocalypse may have just begun. “Fear is an unfortunate catalyst for a lot of folks,” he said. “But there are still too many caught up in the idea that the system is infallible and that it will persevere and prevail.”

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cbxer55's picture

Binkies and blankies as well.

847328_3527's picture

...and directions to the nearest "safe space"

peddling-fiction's picture

Some of the best coffee or tea is done while camping, the old fashioned way.

Nothing better than good coffee or tea in cold weather to improve morale and raise your core body temp.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

actually the good old fashioned way of doin' coffee or tea is the only way I find delivering the quality I find as acceptable :)

peddling-fiction's picture

Lucifer, we don't see eye to eye spiritually, but at least both of us have taken sides. Opposite sides that is.

No lukewarm snowflakes on the side of Jesus nor Lucifer.

Next time I see the morning star, I will drink my coffee and toast to those taking a stand, and not being pussies.

True Blue's picture

Well; it has the US Constitution, 1984, and Pabst Blue Ribbon instead of Organic California Chardonnay -when they emerge from their bunker, they'll be conservatives.

Lets Buy The Dip's picture

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of course guns and ammo are great, and but standing out the front of your house, with a BIG ASS gun, high as a kite defending your property is much more fun than just threating and using silly sticks and stone words. LOL

New_Meat's picture

"Don't drink hard liquor--it can make you shoot at tax collectors, and miss" - RAH

Chuck Walla's picture

I've practiced while high. Let's just say the neighbors will never be the same, or blast shit music at 3 AM.

-- Hunter Thompson

pudge94's picture

Constitution there for kindling maybe?

Dilluminati's picture

If any of these liberal preppers are for real and not instead a reaction to CA law they will soon be voting for the GOP.

They're converts 


hannah's picture

hahaha...the more the lefties buy the more free shit we get when they take a dirt nap. the left is a big pussy. buying a gun wont change that. remember the old saying GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE.....FOR FUCKS SAKE...the right has said this for ever and it is true. having a gun doesnt make you tough or special....

Helix6's picture

Who said having a gun makes you special?  Just gives you a fighting chance when Fox News yells "charge".

hannah's picture

can a lefty pull the trigger? can a conservative beat a perp to death with a rock smashing the perps skull in with blood and guts flying every where? a gun is a tool just like a rock. it takes a certain mental ability to kill someone even if they are a threat. people on the left will wilt and lay on the floor during a crisis. they may have a gun but they dont have the will to fight back......

cowdiddly's picture

Why? Then your just a pussy with a gun. Holden an pointin that gun around sonny is where the hard parts start.

imbrbing's picture

Rememeber to always have your finger on the trigger, hold the gun sideways and cleaning it is over-rated. Stick with those rules and you will be fine my lib friends.

SJEqualizer's picture

Don't worry, they get their training from Hollywood movies.

Barney Fife's picture

Also remember to NEVER keep one in the pipe until you are ready to use it, and ALWAYS use ball ammo. JHP is cruel and inflicts unnecessary damage. We all know from Hollywood that a single shot should throw the bad guy right through a plate glass window, so why be mean and shoot more than once? And while we're at it, shoot for the shoulder, don't be mean. 

Free Man's picture

'Concentration camps'?

Ah yes, like the ones that liberal / Marxist F.D.R. forced Japanese-Americans into?

Cabreado's picture

Once a critical mass stops playing with labels (eg. "left/right") and grows up enough to consider principle and rule of law, thereby heading Control off at the pass, things will be better.  Er, would've been.

I suspect Humility is at the root of it all.

Helix6's picture

OMG!  Someone's trying to talk sense!  Here!!

GodSpeed_00's picture

So why don't these idiots understand gun rights also apply when their communists are in power?

shimmy's picture

Wow, what idiots. So who have been behind hate crimes and violence the last two months? the "tolerant" libtards. State sanctioned roundups of Muslims, homosexuals and outspoken critics? Uh huh.

Do these people even grasp that in order for a leader to be like that they need the support from the rest of the government and law enforcement/military and to a degree, the sheeple? Trump doesn't have this. For a minute let's assume he is like that. You know what would happen if he tried to do that type of shit? He'd either be kicked out or killed UNLESS the rest of the governemnt and military and law enforcement also want that stuff and if so, your problem isn't just Trump.

Once again, modern liberalism has become a cult as no sane person thinks the way these people do as sane people accept reality. It's clear they are brainwashed. 

I do not doubt a new Nazy Germany scenario could happen in that banana republic but there'd need to be a leader that had mass acceptance and appeal like Obombya used to have. Trump doesn't have that given he seems to be disliked by most in the government and most in the government agencies.  


Stormtrooper's picture

Oohh!  When we're out there in the deep woods on a training mission my greatest fear is always that I might run into a snowflake lib with a shotgun or a 9mm.  I always worry that after I drop them at 500 yards, when I go to retrieve their weapons that they might not have bothered to pack at least 500 rounds of ammo for me to use.  How inconsiderate of them.

Sid Davis's picture

Oh my; libtards at gun ranges.  I hope they don't shoot themselves in the foot.

Don't they know cities are strongholds for the left and rural areas are the strongholds of the right.  Maybe they are planning to bug out to Chicago.  They sure aren't going to be welcomed with open arms out here in the boonies.  Most of them will probably die of fear the first night they spend in the woods; the countryside isn't some electrified campground with heated latrines, after all.

Survivalism is not for collectivists conditioned to learned helplessness and dependency. 

Dilluminati's picture

I just hope the "liberal prepper" remembers to buy all the nice issshh cuz two is one and one is none and I could use their issshhhh

NoWayJose's picture

Should be a lot of nice stuff - new and unused - showing up in garage sales within a few years!

Helix6's picture

We should all be thrilled if they're still unused a few years from now.

GeezerGeek's picture

I will be thrilled if they're not used in anger over the next 4 or 8 or 99 years. Unused guns may indicate an owner who is not to be trusted handling one any time, much less using one in a crisis. Safety should be a habit.

Swedgen's picture

Hypocrisy knows no bounds when you're a liberal moron, I guess. Wouldn't even be surprised at this point if that heffer Amy Schumer got in on this.

Jethro's picture

She is storing 49,000 calories in her gunt.  She won't have to eat for weeks.

Yen Cross's picture

 I've met some "real" assholes

   The names are stored.{rdE}

wisehiney's picture

These fuckers will be real cool under fire.


Just fire one round at them and watch the whole gang accidentally shoot each other in one final hissy fit.

Helix6's picture

Well, I can't speak for Stacy from Texas, but among the people I know, Liberals have finally woken up to the fact that the Right has been arming for years and the rhetoric has been getting progressively harsher.  A lot of us think that Trump's election has been taken by partisans on both Right and Left to act out, which is a very dangerous development that could lead to violent confrontations,  And many of us suspect that Fox news will have no problem fingering Liberals as "the enemy" when the time for talk is over. 

Oh, wait.  They're already doing that.

The flames of partisanship are being fanned from all sides.  Anyone who thinks this won't lead to violence may someday find that they have been woefully ignorant of history.  Understand this now.  And act accordingly.

Jethro's picture

I've been educating myself, and providing for myself and family for most of my life.  Ive also been training to defend myself, and my family for most of my life.  I like to be left alone, and i am a patient and pretty tolerant guy.  But, the left drew my line in the sand, crossed several times, and then first gloated, and now demands victim status.  Im just now waiting for the fireworks to start.  The left doesn't stand a chance. So if things go off the rails, and all your friends end up as coyote food, you have only yourselves to blame.

Helix6's picture

I thought you were supposed to draw your own lines in the sand.  Why would you let someone else draw them?

Jethro's picture

I like being left alone.  Like I said, I am generally a live and let live kind of guy, even pretty generous in helping people out that actually need it.  But socialists/communists/globalists working through the government to pillage my labor can all go rot in a ditch.  I don't want violence, but if it does start, I know my capabilities and I have been keeping tabs.

Chuck Walla's picture

When you say "harsh", do you mean like all those calling for killing the new president? Or just those libs who want to jail "climate deniers" or kill and drag NRA members?

Andre's picture

These people get their news from TYT and Rachel MadCow. They don't pay attention and they don't want to.

This does not bode well.

Helix6's picture

As opposed to those who get their news from Fox News?

You're right.  This does not bode well.

Barney Fife's picture

FOX News junkies are just as dumb and ignorant as the MSNBC crowd as they are closed-minded and also have a sheep mentality. 

DosZap's picture

FOX is far from perfect, but name ONE that was more fair and balanced (in their news segments) and even opinion shows, where at least the Left was treated with a modicum of respect, and allowed to have a dialogue,NOT ONE of the other POS MSM outlets did this.NOT ONE.

I get most all my news off the Net, but if you were just watching MSM, the ONLY place you have to go is FOX,for any halfway balanced reporting.(the others are sold out to the frigging progressives.)

SJEqualizer's picture

Bring it you pussies, I double dare you. Just try starting some shit and see what happens.

Helix6's picture

I don't think we're planning on starting it. Just finishing it if you start it.

flaminratzazz's picture

this is a repeat article and truthfully, i dont believe it.

tarabel's picture



When you go from 10 to 50, it's a 500% jump.

Helix6's picture

Just ZHs usual stirring the pot.  They get paid by the click, so you can hardly blame them for tossing out the chum..