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Violence against Republicans – whether they support Donald Trump or not – is the trendy new norm in American politics. However, the picture painted by the liberal news networks shows a violently racist, sexist and – gasp – fascist Republican Party bashing poor defenseless protesters. Liberal media outlets tend to ignore the pesky facts – like who started the violence – and jump straight to the “good stuff.” Despite this unbalanced reporting, the antics of violent and ironically named progressive groups, like Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM), are still taking the limelight and are finally disgusting even other leftists.
Perhaps the most alarming trend in this violence, however, is its spread to apparently random common folk – people who previously settled for weeping over lost elections and screaming at the TV. The Daily Caller reported earlier this month about a man who got physical with his Republican representative at a town hall meeting. The protester shouted his questions about whether or not the rich would get a tax break out of the new health care act as he charged toward North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer. The man then grabbed Mr. Cramer and shoved cash down his shirt with the exclamation “There you go, keep it!” While that particular situation didn’t turn as violent as it initially seemed it might, other politicians have not been as lucky. One Tennessee lawmaker, Republican David Kustoff, was followed by an enraged Obamacare supporter after a town hall meeting and attacked on the road side. The New York Post reported:
But as he and aide Marianne Dunavant left the engagement, [Wendi] Wright followed them in her own car, driving so close on Highway 45 that Kustoff and Dunavant were “in fear of being forced off the roadway,” sheriffs said.
The congressman pulled over and Wright followed suit, emerging from her own car to pound on the lawmaker’s ride and even reach in to try and grab him, Tennessee cops said.
There have always been the violently insane on both sides of the political aisle, but the difference now is that the left is actively organizing their crazies. Online platforms like Riseup.net and Disruptj20 provide communications and organizational tools and information to leftist protesters, and Antifa and BLM both maintain an enormous online presence. Additionally, liberal media outlets are actively calling for harassment, if not violence. In an article earlier this month, HuffPost declared:
Starting today and from here on, no elected official ― certainly those in the GOP defending and supporting Trump on a variety of issues, for example ― should be able to sit down for a nice, quiet lunch or dinner in a Washington, DC eatery or even in their own homes. They should be hounded by protesters everywhere, especially in public ― in restaurants, in shopping centers, in their districts, and yes, on the public property outside their homes and apartments, in Washington and back in their home states.
While most Democrat politicians don’t actively call for violence or even harassment, they don’t speak up to stop it either. While they can’t openly condone violence without risking their political careers, the silence of these swamp denizens still allows them to reap the benefits of the disruption.
The hostility is growing – on both sides now – as violence often does. As leftist protesters get away with violent acts, they’re emboldened to escalate those acts. On the other hand, their victims grow weary of being victimized and are becoming more violent as well. While many likely hoped that countering leftist violence with more violence would end it, in a fight fire with fire sort of way, the exact opposite has happened. The left points to violence from the right as examples of fascism rather than self-defense, and after losing the battle at Berkley in April, Antifa is actively pursuing combat training and acquiring firearms. If these homegrown terrorists continue on their violent path, it can only end in bloodshed.