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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    View attachment 53896 For many, the past year has kind of felt like one massive bad trip that culminated in yesterday's inauguration of President Donald Trump. For a 21-year-old named Zachary from Philadelphia, however, the inauguration was actually a trip—because he says he literally dropped acid when he went to it.

    His father (who was not on acid and accompanied him) got official tickets to the event from a state rep. "I'm sure he didn't know what we were going to do," Zachary told VICE.

    I spoke to him as he was coming down on his car ride home about why he chose to do LSD at the event that marked the beginning of Trump's America.

    VICE: Why did you decide to go to the inauguration on acid?

    Zachary: I feel like if there is any inauguration to go to in this age, of course it is President Trump's inauguration. And if I'm going to do anything, I might as well do it on acid to throw a curveball into the mix.

    You said in one of your Instagram posts that you were "representing the Scumbag Party of America." What did you mean by that?

    We're few and far between. It doesn't matter who our president is: We're still going to do acid, smoke weed, we're still going to listen to loud music. We're still going to be us.

    We are the scumbags of America.

    President Trump mentioned drugs in his inauguration speech. How would you feel if he reignited the war on drugs?

    I mean, I'm still going to be smoking weed [laughs]. As soon as all the cannons went off, I sparked a joint. Everyone around me was not cool with it.

    What was it like being around that many people at an event of that type on acid? Did you have any visualizations?

    It was surreal because to feel comfortable, I bought a Make America Great Again hat, and I wore it the whole time. I felt like I just put myself in their shoes, and some of those people are just nuts to begin with, so I felt like I just fit in.

    The visuals were crazy, watching just the Capitol Building melting during the whole speech and listening to the god-awful orchestra. It was horrible. I found myself just staring at people and taking a lot of it in.

    How are you feeling right now, and where are you at?

    I'm on the road going back to Philadelphia right now. I'm feeling good that I got out of there when I did because now I'm looking at the internet, and I see that some of the protests have turned violent, and I don't know what I would have done if I would have seen that while I was tripping. After the inauguration, I walked around, and I was smoking weed.

    There were people singing about Jesus and stuff like that, and I was just offering them joints. None of them wanted that, so I just got out of there. I'm glad I did not stay to see any of the violence.

    Is this the first event of its kind you've gone to on acid?

    On acid, yes. I actually protested at the DNC and caught a little buzz from that recently. I was on different substances, but nothing like acid. After going to these political things, it's a great deal more enjoyable if you're intoxicated on a substance.

    What are your thoughts Trump presidency?
    Honestly, I have no clue. Some parts of me want to give him a chance. Some parts of me say that he is the devil. Parts of me think about if Hillary Clinton were president, and she's just as bad.

    I have no clue what's going to happen with this presidency… I'm down to see what's going to happen.

    Do you have plans to attend any protests or political events in the future?

    Philadelphia seems to be a big protest town, so if things occur tonight or in the following days—which I imagine they will—I'll probably join in.

    What level of your acid trip are you at right now? Are you coming down?
    I took my tab at around 8:30 [AM], so I'm coming down. I'm pretty much ground-level.

    Any final thoughts?

    Trump fans look a lot tinier on acid.

    Interview edited for clarity and length.

    By Alison Tierney - Vice/Jan.21, 2017
    Photos: Zachery's own capture
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. scartissue_68
    Regardless of this guy's opinion, I have to admit going through many of the Crisis's in the late 60's high on something, occasionally LSD. It did help.

    The main thing I wish to criticize in this guy's trip report is his taste in music. I wasn't an orchestra. It was the United States Army Band, know as "Pershing's Own". They are the best of the best and not just with the "Patriotic Top 10", but with anything thrown at them. Its the reverse of my parent's hating Hendrix, but loving the Blues as a musical genre. Also, Hendrix was a member of the 101st Airborne before he became a famous musician.

    If the shit hit the fan, those guys in the band would defend with their lives this "trippers" rights as listed in our Constitution.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Haha, good point made about that well-caught (I missed it) US Army Band oopsy. But I kinda somehow get that, though, as the only two forms of music that fully sicken my ear are some strange (I think) Japanese or Chinese screaming-screeching sort of opera style I've had the misfortune of hearing a few times and - surprisingly - never caught the name or meaning of, and band marching music in the spirit of John Philip Sousa. I can only bear either for seconds - Blech. Okay, maybe minutes.
  3. Budgetadvisoryservice
    Maybe you should try listening to it on acid.

    On second thoughts, maybe not...

    I reckon that kid's got a clue, but I wonder as to the newsworthiness of that story. It fits here, and fair enough that VICE would run a story like that, but really? A kid tripping at a public event?

    C'mon guys, surely there were more interesting aspects of the inauguration to report on.

    No judgement on you, BT2H. You rock.

    Its typical of VICE to report on something like this, a potentially damaging story which, I assume, was told to the reporter in good faith. I wonder how that kid's family are gonna feel about that story being published globally? Then there's the tripper himself who now has his full name and face attributed to an activity which he may not have fully considered the implications of. I think it would have been more ethical to have protected his identity, or at least to not imply that it was behaviour which was condoned or encouraged by his father.
  4. Beenthere2Hippie
    Meh. Sometimes it's just nice to break up all the usual seriousness that is the nature of news.

    As for "kids tripping," we don't allow kids on here to read our news (thankfully) so no worry there. To the later point on kids tripping at all, which is a well-taken one, you forget that I am a hippie of the psychedelic generation who tripped herself for the first time at 15. Not that I would advise my 16 year-old grandson or 14 year-old granddaughter to follow their nana in that particular freewheeling-spirited experience.

    But it did happened and I'm well sure I wasn't the only one. We used to experiment a lot , back in the days before Drugs-Forum or even the internet. ;)
  5. Budgetadvisoryservice
    On second thoughts, my use of the word 'kid' isn't really fair. He's 21, legally an adult, and deserves to be referred to as such.

    I'm not going to edit my post, but I'd like to take back the word 'kid' and swap it for 'young man'.

    I've got no objection to anyone tripping, as long as it's an informed decision. I do have a problem with VICE, and the way they often run personal interest stories which jeopardise the reputations of people who agree to be interviewed in good faith. Often those stories are edited in such a way as to make them seem more dramatic than the real situation. By publishing that young man's full name and implicating his family, they leave him open to significant and unwarranted criticism.

    It's a pet peeve, 'coz they did the same to me and it reflected badly on members of my family who had nothing to do with the situation which lead to the misleading and defamatory article.
  6. Beenthere2Hippie
    You've got a point, there, about how the press (in this case Vice News) at times uses/smears/builds up people just to knock down for their company's own benefit ($$), taking little to no responsibility for the over-hyped coverage aftermath. So yes, yours is a fair and just observation of how manipulative some press - writers, editors, publishers - can be these days, leaving us, the reading public, with an urgency to be educated on the world at large, well read and discerning of what are the actual facts vs what is bad, hyped or "fake news."

    As for this particular young man, as I see it he's 21 and old enough to decide what he does with himself, including dropping acid with a bunch of strangers who are obviously making money and a business name for themselves off of his face and mumbly "high" remarks. By his age, many of us here were settled down, working full-time, had homes, responsibilities and a child or two, so it's hard to feel "sorry" for his (and his dad's) personal stupidity, really. Hopefully he'll learn from the experience (that's what life's all about, right?) and not go near the press again for a long time to come.

    Or he'll become a FB star lol. Who knows.

    It could go either way.
  7. perro-salchicha614
    I don't think anyone took advantage of this guy. If you look at the original article, you can see all the stuff that he himself posted on Instagram about what he was doing. He obviously wanted a lot of attention.

    I do, however, agree that Vice tends to hype stuff up. In general.
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