The level of discourse and disgust in our great nation has not yet peaked, at least according to the tumultuous scene at a Sacramento, California music venue less than a month ago.
There are a great many arguments about what constitutes “punk rock” these days. The subject is so fully nuanced that there is likely no one answer to how ones goes about exuding such a lifestyle, or attitude, or whatever cultural nomenclature you want to use. Some believe that a might morality must exist behind the anarchy, while others revel purely in the chaos.
In either case, there appears to be a lot of sneering and spontaneous danger.
In the annals of punk rock history there are few bands with as much sway as Social Distortion, even though their sound is far more mainstream than their spastic, speedy counterparts in the modern era. That could be changing soon, however, as lead singer Mike Ness faces possible legal trouble after assaulting a Trump supporter at one of his shows.
Tim Hildebrand of Galt says the attack happened at a Social Distortion concert at the Ace of Spades in Midtown. Hildebrand says he grew up listening to the band’s music and was excited to attend one of their shows, but never thought he’d leave bloody and bruised at the hands of a famous musician.
Hildebrand says the singer started badmouthing President Trump and America and the Republican farmer from Galt didn’t like it.
What happened next was extraordinary.
“I pretty much said I paid for your music, not your politics.”
Ness didn’t like that and in the video, you can see him motion Hildebrand to the stage, where the singer spits in his face. Hildebrand says the two were yelling at each other when Ness lunged toward him.
“Takes his guitar off, jumps off the stage and proceeds to punch me multiple times in the head.”
“I wasn’t able to defend myself because people in the crowd were holding me back,” [Hildebrand] said.
Hildebrand says he the singer gave him two black eyes, a busted lip, a concussion and almost knocked out one of his teeth.
This comes only weeks after California Representative Maxine Waters called for her constituents to form “mobs” to “confront” republicans and make them feel “unwelcome”.