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Insane Clown Posse Says Story Comparing Juggalos To Trump Is 'Off The Mark'

Sebastian Murdock
·2-min read

A member of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse said an Atlantic article that trashed the group and its fans by comparing them to Donald Trump’s presidency was “off the mark.”

On Tuesday, Atlantic writer Graeme Wood published a piece titled “What to Do With Trumpists” in which he invoked Juggalos ― the affectionate name for fans of ICP ― in his commentary about the Trump administration, which he referred to as “the political equivalent of the Insane Clown Posse.”

Wood wrote:

At noon tomorrow, our four-year experiment in being governed by the political equivalent of the Insane Clown Posse will finally end. It is ending in Juggalo style (some have called it “Trumpalo”), violently and pointlessly, with a handful of deaths, the smearing of various bodily fluids, and a riot on the way out. After any bacchanal of this magnitude, the sober dawn is almost as disorienting as the hysteria itself—and the most urgent task, after wiping the shit from the Capitol hallways, is to prevent a repeat performance.

Insane Clown Posse members Joseph Utsler, known by his stage name Shaggy 2 Dope, and Joseph Bruce, known by his stage name Violent J, speak during the Juggalo March in Washington on Sept. 16, 2017.  (Aaron Bernstein / Reuters)
Insane Clown Posse members Joseph Utsler, known by his stage name Shaggy 2 Dope, and Joseph Bruce, known by his stage name Violent J, speak during the Juggalo March in Washington on Sept. 16, 2017. (Aaron Bernstein / Reuters)

Despite themes of violence in ICP’s music, multipledocumentaries about Juggalos show they are less interested in the violent lyrics than in the sense of community the rap duo fosters. ICP has a loyal fan base whose members refer to each other as “family” and who have pushed back against the FBI’s absurd designation of Juggalos as a “gang.”

In 2017, thousands of Juggalos showed up in Washington, D.C., to protest the FBI’s distinction of the group as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” The protest actually drew a larger crowd than a competing pro-Trump rally that same day.

Violent J, who formed ICP with Shaggy 2 Dope, told HuffPost in a series of texts that he found Wood’s description to be inaccurate.

“I can’t believe TheAtlantic.com would hire a writer, presumably for his expertise in journalism who’s that off the mark, as well as an editor for his or her fact checking abilities who obviously lives...

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