Remember when it was the end of the world when Trump was blamed for inciting violence because of his rhetoric? I do. I remember it because I wrote about it. Also, I was one of the ones blaming the presumptive GOP nominee for his rhetoric.
Many have suggested that what Donald Trump says at his rallies has created an environment in which violent behavior is accepted and encouraged. Some have said that’s crazy.
I’m not condoning anything Trump has said. As anyone who reads me regularly knows, I’m not voting for Trump or Hillary. I’ve written several articles in which I satirically praise Trump as a way of pointing out his flaws. You can read those here and here. I may have done too good a job, as many viewed those pieces as pro-Trump. I can assure you I’m firmly in the “Never Trump” camp.
However, let’s focus on the violence coming from the other side for once.
A man at a Trump rally in San Jose was recently hit in the side of the head with a bag, causing him to bleed profusely, and requires stitches. Andrew Zambetti was confronted by a group of anti-Trump protesters, who allegedly knocked a sign out of his hand. Zambetti decided to walk away, and it was at this point that a man ran up behind him, and hit him.
Luckily, a journalist recorded the incident, because we all know the Left would call it a lie if it weren’t on film:
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) June 3, 2016
At the same rally, a woman was egged, and spit on by anti-Trump protesters:
Woman who supports Trump surrounded by protesters, who taunt her, then throw eggs and bottles at her. pic.twitter.com/nHJ3cgYOfR
— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) June 3, 2016
This violence is wrong. It’s disgusting. It’s that simple. Everyone has the right to protest anything or anyone, but they don’t have the right to become violent.
Violent and raucous behavior from either side is dangerous for several reasons aside from the fact that it’s extraordinarily childish:
- Violent protests encourage escalation and copycat behavior. When people see violent protests on TV and in the news, they are encouraged to do the same. The rally in San Jose was one of the most volatile yet, and it’s only June. If this doesn’t calm down, I can see a scenario in which someone gets severely injured or killed.
- Anti-Trumpers are giving The Donald and his supporters ammunition. The more they protest, the more the billionaire can build his anti-establishment cred. They don’t realize it because they’re too stupid, but they’re helping Trump.
- The Left can use the aggression at Trump rallies to their advantage, claiming that the violence shows just how dangerous a candidate he is. They’ll say his very ideas inspire violence, as opposed to his personal behavior–and there’s a critical difference between the two.
- Staging giant, aggressive protests at Trump’s rallies makes it appear as though the billionaire is a revolutionary figure. He’s not. He’s simply a new model of the same Washington politician; version 2.0 of a grotesque machine. His ideas aren’t new, nor are they good. However, these increasingly volatile events make it appear as though his candidacy is being suppressed by dark powers pulling strings behind the scenes. The protests will give the mogul mythic status.
This is an increasingly hostile election, and I’m afraid of what’s to come. To those intent on creating havoc, and behaving violently, you’re what’s wrong with America. You’re the reason our society is being torn apart at the seams. You’re a cancer.
I’m about as far from a Trump supporter as anyone can be, but this needs to stop.