So much for peaceful protests, it seems. Nowadays, when the left has a beef with the right, it’s much more an All Hell Breaks Loose moment — much less a chance for rational discourse or verbal thrust and parry of contrasting thoughts.
It’s thuggery in the streets.
It’s violence on campus.
This is the new normal, America. Wake up and smell the Molotov cocktail smoke.
From the Daily Caller:
“In one of the most recent incidents, police in Tennessee charged a woman with felony reckless endangerment on Thursday for allegedly trying to run Republican Congressman David Kustoff off the road after a town hall. The woman, Wendi Wright, was reportedly enraged over Kustoff’s support for the American Health Care Act and screamed at the congressman and his aide, striking his car windows and reaching inside the vehicle.
“The same day that Tennessee police charged Wright for reckless endangerment, police in North Dakota escorted an enraged man from another town hall after he became physical with Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer over his support for the GOP Obamacare replacement. ‘Will the rich benefit from, if the health care is destroyed, do the rich get a tax break? Yes or no?’ the man shouted, before shoving cash down the congressman’s collar. ‘There you go, take it.’ …
“The day before that, a Huffington Post article that showed ‘how to really turn up the heat on elected officials’ went viral. The author, Michaelangelo Signorile, called on protesters to harass Republicans at dinner, when they’re out shopping and even at home. Societal norms for the basic levels of decency one should afford political opponents, Signorile argued, no longer apply to liberals.
“‘It’s time to move beyond polite protests within specified boundaries. It’s time to escalate the expression of our outrage and our anger in a massive way,’ he wrote. …
“Political violence has been increasingly common as left-wing organizations have whipped up mobs against Republicans and supporters of the president.
“A popular parade in Portland, Oregon last month was cancelled after threats of violence against one of the groups participating — a local Republican organization.
“An email warning parade organizers promised 200 or more protesters would rush into the parade and drag the Republican marchers out, if that’s what it took to keep them from participating. “You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” the email warned. Portland has been a site for organized left-wing protests, which have often turned into violent riots. …
“Pro-Trump speaker Milo Yiannopoulos had his speech at the University of California-Berkeley cancelled after rioters set the campus ablaze in order to keep him from speaking. …
“Political commentator Ann Coulter, who staunchly supported Trump during his presidential campaign, had her speech at UC Berkeley cancelled after the protest groups vowed a repeat performance of the Milo riots.
“A North Carolina GOP office was even firebombed a month before the election, and a building adjacent to it was spray painted with graffiti: ‘Nazi Republicans get out of town or else.'”
That’s just a drop in the bucket.
And in New York City?
There’s a welcome mat to Linda Sarsour, one of the most vicious voices in favor of sharia law — and backlash against her opponents.
Once again, welcome to the new normal in America — where polite disagreement and courteous political debate has given way to violent uprising, embrace of the anti-freedom element and the vilification of those who still stand tall for constitutional, free-market principles.