Despite attempts by much of the mainstream media to whitewash it, TCC readers are undoubtedly aware of the recent surge in anti-Trump mob violence. Not content with merely spewing expletives, the protesters attacked police cars, rocked vehicles, and injured at least one Trump supporter after an April event in Orange County, California.
Though many on the right have responded by condemning the violence, others–including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who likened the protesters to participants in the Boston Tea Party–have tried to excuse or minimize it. Others, including Luis Serrano, an “organizer” representing the California Immigration Youth Justice Alliance, have actually predicted more violence. Serrano had this to say:
I think it’s going to get worse if he gets the nomination and is the front-runner. I think it’s going to escalate. We’re going to keep showing up and standing against the actions and the hate Donald Trump is creating.
Excuse me? Perhaps it’s just my white privilege that leads me to react with disgust at such Orwellian speech, but I must admit that I was surprised at first by the total lack of remorse expressed by the protesters and their allies. It wasn’t Trump who rampaged like some Gothic tribe attempting to sack Rome, but the protesters who went on the offensive.
However, it’s not actually so surprising. Their appalling behavior and dismissive rhetoric merely serves to demonstrate the worrisome reality of today’s politics.
Liberals today cannot merely disagree with and oppose conservatives; they must vilify and demonize them. It cannot possibly be that conservatives support capitalism and free trade because they think it will help the economy and the nation. No, it is because they are all in collusion with “big business” in an attempt to smother and enslave the lower classes. It cannot be that conservatives are opposed to affirmative action because they think it unjust and counterproductive; it can only be because they are racists and despise minorities. It cannot be that conservatives oppose gay marriage because of their own religious views of marriage; it can only be because they are bigots and homophobes.
Having defined their conservative adversaries as demons in the flesh, liberal activists need feel no guilt, and can cheerfully utilize any and all tactics against them.
I am no Trump supporter, but I recognize that many of those who do support him do so not because of hatred or bigotry but rather because they are sick of political correctness and are afraid of the direction they see the country heading towards. Such a recognition is, apparently, beyond the abilities of Luis Serrano, the California Youth Justice Alliance, and the anti-Trump mobs.