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I’m not pro-Trump. I’m anti-violence.

For the past two days, I have had a series of exhausting Facebook discussions about the election results. In order to make my point, I’ve had to defend, albeit halfheartedly, some truly awful people, Donald Trump being the chief among them, but Steve Bannon being a close second.

I do not like Donald Trump or Steve Bannon. They are bad people. I do not want to defend them. I am opposed to them. I think they will do awful things, and I think every attempt they make to do awful things should be met with opposition.

It frustrates me that I even have to say this. It frustrates me that the point I’ve been trying to make over the past few days somehow calls my disgust with Donald Trump into question. It frustrates me that every discussion about Trump is so deeply and relentlessly polarizing and painful that it is impossible to find a rational center where people can address the real problems and concerns of what a Trump administration will actually mean, and where people who passionately disagree can still find ways to peacefully navigate the difficult days ahead.

But my frustration is my problem. The larger problem, and the one that preoccupies me as I consider where our country is and where it is going, is that violence is becoming an acceptable option.

Of course, it was already acceptable for the racists and bigots who were Trump’s most vocal supporters, and now they have been emboldened by a bully’s victory. Everyone, including the vast majority of the tens of millions of people who voted for Trump, can see this violence for what it is. It is squalid and ugly, and it is easily identified as such. This kind of bile has always been with us, and it will likely always be with us. It cannot be tolerated, and it should not be defended. I’m confident that the vast majority of people in this country are people of good will who will not tolerate or defend such things.

What unnerves me is that there is a violence that many otherwise decent people will be willing to defend. It is a violence that cloaks itself in virtue, even though it is as squalid and ugly as the violence of racists. It represents itself as the violence of the righteous, or the violence of the oppressed. This violence is predicated on the principle that Trump’s victory is so completely unacceptable that morality provides no limit on the vehemence of an appropriate response. If you accept that principle, you start with peaceful protests, but you’re not willing to end there. If chants and signs and marches don’t bring Trump down – and (spoiler alert) they won’t bring Trump down – then escalation is not only acceptable, it’s imperative.

This kind of violence was not acceptable before Trump. It is becoming acceptable now.

And it is already happening. A man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was accosted and then choked on a subway train. A woman was thrown to the ground and repeatedly punched at a polling place because she announced she was voting for Trump. A girl was beaten at school because she announced she was a Trump supporter.

From the last link:

“This girl comes up to me and she said, ‘Do you hate Mexicans?’ and I was like, ‘no,’ and she said, ‘You support Trump. You hate Mexicans.'”

Armenio says the girl hit her, threw her to the ground, pulled out her earrings and hair. She was left with a bloody nose and scratches and bruises.

Trump opponents even beat up a homeless woman who was trying to protect Donald Trump’s star on Hollywood Boulevard.


This is a small handful of examples. There are many, many more. And, if the current overheated rhetoric continues, there will be many, many more after that. People will get hurt, and people will die, and many of those outraged by violence from Trump-supporting racists will turn a blind eye to the so-called violence of the righteous. Some will even applaud.

This is not a good thing. This is a very, very bad thing.

Just as we need to oppose Donald Trump in his awfulness, we need to oppose violence from whatever source it may come. Your anger and frustration over Trump’s victory does not give you the right to punch a Trump voter in the face.

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  1. There’s nothing racist or bigoted about Trump or his supporters.

    Given that repeatedly crying the “racist” wolf helped facilitate the decimation of the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections, you may want to rethink that silly tactic.

    The other problem you’re having here, is that the purported violence that you deem was acceptable to Trump supporters, has since been exposed as Democratic Party incited bird-dogging, and a collection of exposed hate hoaxes. I understand that Trump detractors are eager to fall for these acts of violent performance art, but that doesn’t give them any level of legitimacy.

    The genuine violence we see – as always – comes from leftists who are unable to control their own behavior in the face of ideas and situations that they don’t like. The left has always found violence against political opposition to be acceptable long before Trump at least as early as the Caning of Charles Sumner in 1856, The Great Southern Strategy Switcheroo Myth notwithstanding. We saw this nonsense accelerate in modern times with the smelly Occupy movement which spent a good portion of its time raping one another and forcibly spreading social diseases.

    No matter how overheated or underheated rhetoric is, leftists will always be unable to control their own behavior. It’s simply in their nature. So the right things may as well be said, without regard to whether or not it micro-aggresses on the safe spaces of special snowflakes.

  2. This whole thing reminds me of a monologue Bill Maher delivered a few years ago. I don’t remember the subject, so I can’t find it, but I think the sentiment stands on it’s own: Basically, whenever Republicans do something wrong, they merely point to something Democrats did and declare “It’s a wash!” The scale of right or wrong is completely irrelevant to them.

    -Republicans repeal Obamacare and thousands of working poor die.
    -A few dozen people are hurt by Anti-Trump protesters.

    IT’S A WASH!

    -Republicans systematically suppress black voters.
    -Democrats make it difficult for Conservative groups to not pay taxes.

    IT’S A WASH!

    -Republicans gut the EPA.
    -Hillary calls half of Trumps supporters “deplorables” (which is lowballing it, IMHO)

    IT’S A WASH!

    • Invented narratives are false narratives. One of the issues in this election, and certainly in past elections, has been these ridiculous narratives dreamt up about the sides, in this case about the Republicans. It’s been clear this election from the leaked (not hacked) e-mails that the Dems have been the dirty tricksters, with Clinton and their machine, and the DNC machine. It should be and have been a bigger issue before the election, but it wasn’t. Now that’s a shame for the country.
      Despite the trouble that is seen in the Trump administration, the ridiculous false narratives and the embarrassing snowflake meltdowns make the anti-Trumps a laughingstock.

    • The problem you’re having here is that the assertions that both you and Maher make are purely imaginary, and based solely on fantasy.

      Thousands of working poor will not die if ObamaCare is repealed. That’s a melo-dramatic fantasy. Laws are and always have been in place prohibiting refusal of medical care without regard to insurance status.

      Far more than a few dozen people have been hurt by anti-Trump supporters. Remember, leftists are unable to control their own behavior and always resort to violence when they hear or read ideas that they don’t like. It’s pretty routine stuff. Just today a blog posted video of an anti-Trump protester lighting a pro-Trump supporter’s hair on fire.

      Republicans do not systematically suppress black voters. That is well rehearsed hyperbole concocted by idiot college professors in their windowless offices. The reality is, that voter integrity measures supported by Republicans actually increase minority voter turnout, including turn out of blacks.

      So it’s actually morons who oppose voter integrity measures that are suppressing the minority vote.

      Democrats don’t just make it difficult for Republicans to not pay taxes, they use the a weaponized IRS to persecute political adversaries. See Lois Lerner. Besides, there shouldn’t even be an income tax. The nation got along just fine without one until 1913.

      The EPA should be abolished rather than just gutted. It serves no positive or worthwhile function. I’m not sure how this equates to Hillary’s deplorable statement.

      But that’s the primary problem with everything that leftists hyperventilate over: it’s all made up nonsense. None of it is real. Not any of it.

  3. Is there a prophesy?

    May The Donald provide the opportunity for hard working citizens of The Republic to find work, to find jobs to provide for their families…and not create new Lobbyist LLC’s on K Street.