Since last Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, protests around the country have turned into dangerous, destructive riots. And as windows are broken, police cars are burned, hateful signs are displayed calling for assassination of the new president, and Trump backers are beaten in the streets and on school campuses by Hillary Clinton supporters, we’ve heard nary a peep from President Barack Obama or defeated presidential contender Clinton.
It’s ironic that since the election, those on the losing side have repeatedly referred to NRA members, gun owners and others who supported Trump as “haters.” In truth, those whose peaceful protests, protected under the First Amendment, have turned into dangerous riots are showing more hatred than most Trump supporters can even imagine.
Consider David Wilcox, a white Trump supporter from Chicago who was dragged from his vehicle and brutally beaten by several young, black men for voting differently than they thought he should. Would it be too much for President Obama to go on television and at least say assaulting those whose political views differ from yours is a little over the top?
“You’re supposed to be able to vote in peace! It’s supposed to be part of our democracy,” Wilcox told the Chicago Tribune. “And what happened is, I vote for somebody, and I get beaten, robbed, and my car stolen, and I have no way of getting my wife to and from work safe anymore.”
Given Wilcox’s situation, I have to ask: Would it be too much for President Obama to go on television and at least say assaulting those whose political views differ from yours is a little over the top?
And what about the young lady from California who dared be so bold as express her support for Trump on social media? A Clinton supporter attacked sophomore Jade Armenio at school over her Instagram post, punching her, throwing her to the ground and pulling at her earrings and hair.
Couldn’t Clinton, the self-proclaimed women’s rights candidate, release a statement asking her supporters to please not commit violent assaults against others just because they chose a different candidate?
The same goes for the assassination talk making its way around social media and painted on walls in and around the riot areas. How are Clinton supporters—people so worried about the “hate” they believe they will face under a Trump administration—so quick to call on the president-elect’s assassination? Can’t the sitting president, who no doubt has had to deal with threats to himself over the past eight years, speak up and say that assassination threats have no place in an ongoing civil conversation about election results?
Of course, it’s not just Trump’s death that some are calling for. A Clinton supporter marching in a Los Angeles protest-turned-riot last week told a CNN reporter that just protesting won’t be enough.
“If we don’t fight, who is going to fight for us? People had to die for your freedom where we’re at today. We can’t just do rallies, we have to fight back,” the woman, named Lily, said. “There will be casualties on both sides. There will be, because people have to die to make a change in this world.”
Exactly who does she want to be killed in this proposed insurrection? The only logical answer is Trump supporters. Shouldn’t Obama and Clinton, the figureheads of the Democrat party, step in and say they disagree with killing political opponents? Shouldn’t Obama and Clinton, the figureheads of the Democrat party, step in and say they disagree with killing political opponents?
Which brings us to the “Rape Melania” sign carried at a protest in Washington, D.C., the outrage against which caused the topic to trend on Twitter.. And no, I’m not kidding. Can you imagine the media furor that would have erupted if a protester had carried a sign saying the same thing about Michelle Obama after the 2008 or 2012 elections? And shouldn’t President Obama, who has seen his share of people who aren’t exactly fond of his wife, step in and criticize, in the strongest manner possible, such a hateful, hurtful, divisive display?
The only logical reason that Obama and Clinton wouldn’t ask the rioters to calm down the vitriol and venom is that they must personally support such divisive, even criminal, actions.
Ask yourself: Do they support Trump backers being beaten in the streets and at school? They haven’t said they don’t. Do they support talk of assassinating Trump? Don’t know—they haven’t mentioned it. Do they want “people to die” over the hard-fought election, as the woman in L.A. called for? Possibly so; they’ve ignored it so far. Would these self-proclaimed champions of women’s rights be happy to see the next First Lady raped? They certainly haven’t indicated otherwise.
And that is the shameful reality of the hateful, liberal mindset we face as our new president tries to unite America and move our country forward.