Thursday, May 28, 2020

SCOTT FORD

He was a life-long Democrat until attending his first Trump rally in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 1st, 2019, after being invited by Lara Trump. After that rally, Scott will tell you that his life and political stances changed from that moment on. Everything he was told for years by our media and Hollywood was a lie. He was embraced and felt nothing but love from Trump supporters, as a gay man and a former Democrat. No hate, just love.

Scott is one of the most transparent people you will ever get to know regarding his past drug use and how he learned from it. He has been retweeted by President Trump, as well as meeting Lara Trump at Trump Tower. Scott is covering Trump rallies and events for us here at Deplorables Magazine. While we were starting Deplorables Magazine last summer, one of our editors saw tons of videos of Cincinnati, Ohio posted on Twitter by someone riding around on a bicycle through city streets with a camera. Uploading them one by one showing the progress Cincinnati has made and is still making under a Trump administration. We instantly reached out to the man behind the camera, Scott Ford.

FOX19 interview with Scott while he was attending his first Trump rally in Ohio

We spoke on the phone and agreed to meet him in Cincinnati with our founding crew. Instantly, we all hit it off and knew we would work together in some capacity. Scott is well known in Cincinnati. Anywhere we went, we had to stop filming or interviewing as people would approach him and ask for a photo, or talk politics.

Scott in downtown Cincinnati late summer 2019
Scott Tweeting at a local eatery in Cincinnati

Needless to say, our meeting went so well, Scott and Deplorabes Magazine decided to partner up and create original content, including a new podcast as well as him covering Trump rallies and events with much more in the pipeline.

What drew us and so many others to Scott is his transparency. Many others in the spotlight or in media try to hide their past issues/hardships and or anything that may give them a negative perception. Scott, however, talks often about the bad decisions he made years ago revolving around drugs in hopes to deter others from taking that same path. He ran away from home to NYC at age 14 and became a drug addict living in multiple cities such as San Diego, New York City, and San Francisco. 23 cities to be exact. When he hit rock bottom, he moved back home to his midwest roots in Cincinnati, stopped using drugs (5 years clean now), and surrounded himself with family, friends, and a new outlook on life. He will tell you that his decision to move back to Ohio may have saved his life.

Scott now has his own podcast with Deplorables Magazine, covers Trump rallies, conducts interviews with political candidates, has been retweeted by President Trump and his son Don Jr, interviewed Senior Advisor with the Trump Campaign Lara Trump at Trump Tower and created a friendship with her. He holds close to 70k Twitter followers and interacts with them regularly, still doing almost daily videos of Cincinnati to document its tremendous economic development under a Trump administration. Scott is a prime example that if you work and believe hard enough, you can overcome anything.

In a special audio format for the February 2019 issue, here is Scott’s Deplorables story.

You’ve met Senior Consultant for the Trump campaign, Lara Trump, at Trump Tower and have created a special relationship with her. President Trump and Don Jr both have retweeted you as well. How does it feel personally and professionally to have made these connections with more meetings with Lara coming up?


After attending my first Trump rally last year on August 1st, 2019, I felt a larger presence, almost a higher calling, tapping me on my shoulder, a soul searching moment, a opportunity to hit the reset button in my life. The venue, the people, the message hearing an eloquent speech from vice president Pence and a polarizing energy and force about president Trump allowed me to reconnect with my life. Almost a, um, path to wanting to be part of a dream, to be part of the make America great again. Experience after attending the rally has transformed my life in many ways. It’s very, very personal. You know, there have been a string of battles in my life from drug use, homelessness, uh, addiction, uh, mass spending, uh, self destructive behavior after attending the rally, um, really has transformed me to be a better man, uh, to do right, to treat people better as a lifelong Democrat, I was self-destructing for many years and decades. I can’t emphasize enough for young people to attend a Trump rally regardless of your politics. What we are experiencing in our country is bigger than any movement in our lifetime.
Lara Trump inviting Scott to the Cincinnati rally last summer via Twitter

You’ve been traveling the country with Deplorables Magazine covering rallies and events. How has it been meeting Trump supporters as well as non-Trump supporters in many states and connections you’ve made?

Over the last almost one full year. I would have never imagined the course. My life has taken an opportunity from Deplorables Magazine and making connections from the Trump campaign directly to the white house. Having the president retweet me, having Trump, family members retweet me. Having a platform to be a voice and continue to grow and earn respect from total strangers. You know, as someone who has overcome drug addiction, homelessness, prostitution, or even a criminal record, to be presented with this opportunity and path in my life to move forward and continue to grow. You know, it’s an exciting feeling. All while I remain humble, never forgetting where I came from. There’s something very special about the Trump family and the Pences. You know, I put it all out there. I’m an open book. I have a past and before I met any of these people or collaborated or worked on projects or even chatted with them, I’m a straight shooter, straight forward and say, Hey, you know, this is my past.

This is what you’ll probably hear about, you know, and I realized that there will be people who come out of the woodwork who will try to destroy my, my success and my legacy. And they won’t do that because I’m honest. I won’t let anyone bring me down because I’m honest. You know, my life isn’t perfect. There is no pic picture perfect scenario, but I know something is working. I know that I have fresh ideas to plant as seeds in the community. I know I have an opportunity to be a voice to impact young people right now. It has been a humbling honor to represent deplorables magazine. I have struggled to find an outlet where I felt comfortable, free and liberated. I never want to be suffocated or strapped down to a contract working 40, 50 hours a week and have a company organization control my social media and, uh, dictate a set of instructions, corporate structure and rules on how to use my social media or my performance as an employee.

I want to be a voice on my own terms and conditions and this opportunity to grow and collaborate with, uh, deplorables. Uh, was suiting and it has been a great fit. As I have traveled the country around to Trump rallies, I have met all folks of life, every one from glam and wealth to even families who struggle paycheck to paycheck. But at the end of the day, we share a common core values and beliefs to live well, to do well, to lift each other up, and to secure that good American dream. You know, I realize all of our factors are different. My factors are different from yours. But if we can lift each other up, support each other, and we are, we’re on the right side of history. You know, I don’t necessarily consider president Trump a full, raging Republican. I honestly do believe in my heart, this is a president who is for all Americans, people like me who have lived with HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, people like me overcoming drug addiction. People like me who has once experienced homelessness and Denver, San Francisco, and in New York city.

What I’ve experienced is only class love and respect from the Trump family and white house. It’s important for me to share these words and get it out there. You know, as someone who was formally involved in BDO, appearing on television as a travel expert and building quite an impressive network from local TV stations and national, including radio and print and newspaper, I saw firsthand a business model within media organizations where they want it to control content, control your mind, and control your thinking. I never want it to be part of this culture and I always had a problem because I spoke up and I, you know, by, by being a voice, I ended a lot of relationships and it’s been well worth it. I’ve had to rebuild my network and this is where I am today. You know, learning more about America, having an appreciation for this country, Americans, law enforcement authority. This is the most incredible experience in my life to be a part of.

Take us back to your first Trump rally in August of 2019 and the love and support you received from Trump supporters?

After attending my first Trump rally last year on August 1st, 2019, I felt a larger presence, almost a higher calling, tapping me on my shoulder, a soul searching moment, a opportunity to hit the reset button in my life. The venue, the people, the message hearing an eloquent speech from vice president Pence and a polarizing energy and force about president Trump allowed me to reconnect with my life. Almost a, um, path to wanting to be part of a dream, to be part of the make America great again. Experience after attending the rally has transformed my life in many ways. It’s very, very personal. You know, there have been a string of battles in my life from drug use, homelessness, uh, addiction, uh, mass spending, uh, self destructive behavior after attending the rally, um, really has transformed me to be a better man, uh, to do right, to treat people better as a lifelong Democrat, I was self-destructing for many years and decades. I can’t emphasize enough for young people to attend a Trump rally regardless of your politics. What we are experiencing in our country is bigger than any movement in our lifetime.

Do you credit moving back home to Ohio in helping you become sober from drug use and gaining a new perspective on life?

I have battled drug use for a better close to 25 years of my life, often daily injecting crystal meth or smoking. And while living out West and other cities, I experienced a relapse nearly every day. Democrat controlled cities allowed for an opportunity, a free culture. And while living in San Francisco, proposition 47 really opened the flood gate to allow even more drugs to flood San Francisco and across this nation and cities moving back home to Ohio and really grounded me. I fell in love with Cincinnati and the community and the opportunity paved the way for my longest ever sobriety. Being back home, I’ve had to rebuild relationships, repair, lost love. And it’s not been easy. But in all of this through conservatives, Republicans, a good value system, family love and faith, realigning myself with these core values, proud Midwest roots and tradition allowed me to hit the reset button and take my life back. And I talk about this often in my tweets that attending a Trump rally and hearing a speech from vice president Pence or a president Trump, it is an opportunity to take your life back. It’s not just politics, it’s about lifting you up. It’s about doing well, living well, and taking control of your life. Moving back home to Ohio has been one of the best experiences in my life. Separate from the allergies. I do have terrible allergies and it is an absolute brutal to live here if you have allergies or breathing problems.
Scott Ford
Scott at a photoshoot in NYC with a custom art MAGA Kanye West piece

You are being asked to run for city council and Mayor in Ohio almost on a daily basis. Do you have the itch to run for political office?

A lot of people in my community as well as around the nation continued to support me and inquire almost hourly if I will explore city council and Cincinnati with a potential run for mayor or even relocate back home to my native roots state and Ohio to explore public office running for mayor. I know there is a path that I’m following. I know all of my experience around the country and my story is a big component to connect with the most people. For right now, living in Cincinnati has been one of the most incredible experiences in my life, and whatever opportunity is presented to me, I’m excited for whatever path and journey my next chapter may be. For now, I’m focused on president Trump’s reelection, continuing to be a voice locally and as well as around the nation as I travel and if the opportunity arises and a public office run scenario happens, I would like to explore that possibility.

Some call you the most transparent person on Twitter. That is something many people love about you. What do you have to say to any that criticize how you use your own Twitter?

I like to believe I am the most transparent man on social media. I broadcast my day. I share the joys of my life, good and bad experiences. I do it because I enjoy being refreshing, comfortable, and just being myself. I’ve lived too many years of my life worried about ramifications. If I share something, if something’s on my mind, what will people think? And once you can get over that hurdle, it’s a quite liberating experience to to be your voice and share whatever is on your mind. You know, I realized that we’re in a culture today that the factors have changed. I encourage you to use your social media platforms and broadcast your entire life, minute by minute, any experience, good or bad, who cares what people will say or think the game has changed. Life is too short. Be happy. Broadcast it all. Be yourself. The only message I have to people who come at me out of the woodwork and jealousy and hate, sit back and get comfortable because I’m creating the legacy in my life, a path, a dream, not a high anymore. Those days are behind me. I want to earn the most respect and live a good life the rest of my life.

How have policies brought on or promoted by the Trump administration helped you personally with your health issues and cure?

I have lived with HIV AIDS virus and hepatitis C and herpes for nearly 25 years, 25 years to be exact in may of this year. Recently under the Trump administration, I have been cured hepatitis C thanks to programs and federal dollars, passed down to States and distributed to municipalities through additional programs. I was awarded $75,000 on my case in Ohio to receive 90 pills, treatment, Epclusa medication costing $75,000 for the first time in 24 years. Thanks to the Trump administration, I am now cured hepatitis C, my life is pretty complicated. There are layers of mental health issues, other health problems, uh, a path to sobriety, um, steering clear away from crystal meth and other addictions. I’m pretty transparent person. I’m an open book and I’ve used an opportunity over the last few months to build a platform, to be a voice, to share my story, um, because I know others can potentially relate. If I can share my story and positively impact one person each day than I am doing a good deed.

Do you feel that some are taking advantage of “converting” to being Trump supporters and in a way, trying to ride the movement to fame as well as getting wealthy via endless Go Fund Me campaigns and then never showing where the donations were spent?

There are a lot of people in the make America great again movement rising for fame and social media star status. They use San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities as a backdrop to use the social emergency on streets, all for viral attention and 15 minutes of fame. They are called heroes online saviors who have saved the day while those same very issues on streets in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, even right here in Cincinnati, the number of homeless folks are veterans still on the streets, a crisis and drug use. These problems have only ballooned into a national emergency. While all these people who are claiming fame on Twitter and on other social media platforms, they’re not giving back in their community. They are taking your money, they are taking your donations and never will. They show you a public financial sheet and more people should ask these questions. If you’re giving someone money, where’s this money going?
You know, you see all these GoFundMe’s and all these events and people need $20,000 for a booth. I need $6,000 for a table. I need $7,000 for the next event. But they’re not showing you where the money’s going. A lot of these people are riding on Trump’s celebrity and fame. They’re cashing in on the moment, and the very people around Trump’s circle in the white house, they’re doing the same. You know, you have to say to yourself, who is the genuine Trump supporter and who is fake? Tried to distinguish those people and aligned yourself with really passionate Republicans and conservatives who are on a mission to be a, you know, to push an American agenda, not a celebrity status.
Scott at Trump Tower meeting with Lara Trump plus a quick video with her
  • Scott’s weekly podcast can be found here – available on Spotify and Apple as well
  • You can donate to help Scott’s travel here
  • You can follow Scott on Twitter here

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