Free Elections, Freedom of Speech Imperiled
The once-sacrosanct and widely held beliefs in freedom of speech and the acceptance of election results are being challenged as never before in U.S. history.
- The tone for the current climate was set when numerous Democrat elected official boycotted the inauguration ceremony, and continued when Democrat members of the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes on the nomination of President Trump’s candidate to lead the departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services.
- 12,000 tweets have called for the assassination of President Trump, according to the Daily Mail.
- Mayors of several large cities have openly planned to defy lawful federal immigration laws.
- Fox News reports that two Democrat lawmakers have sought to limit Trump’s authority as commander-in-chief.
- Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama appointee, directed her legal staff to not perform their duty to defend a lawful presidential order in court.
- The Washington Examiner reports that a Secret Service agent refuses to protect the President because she disagrees with his policies-ending a long-standing tradition of impartiality.
- Violating a long standing tradition of judicial impartiality, IJR reports, a judge wore a radical feminist symbol-the so-called “pussy hat”-while presiding at court.
Some of the actions of the protesters have been extraordinary in their tenor:
- Yahoo news reports that “Radio stations in South Carolina and several other states say their signals were hacked and interrupted by an anti-Donald Trump rap song that contained obscene language.”
- McClatchy reports the BuzzFeed news servicehas published unverified smears, (as have other news outlets) in an effort to discredit and de-legitimize the legally elected Administration.
- Twitter, reports Fox News, has committed $1.6 million to oppose the President’s travel ban.
- As reported by Fox News, comedian Sarah Silverman has called for a military coup against President Donald Trump.
The protesters have not limited their targeting to the White House or to the overturning of the 2016 election. Those who vocally disagree with their policies are also in their line of fire.
The Daily Caller reports that During an anti-Trump protest in Seattle this weekend, an activist associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement took to the megaphone to voice her support for, among other things, “killing people,” and “killing the White House.” While she said that, another protester can be heard saying, “Burn it!”
Trump supporters have been assaulted and beaten, one example being at an airport in Portland, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The CBS affiliate in San Francisco reports that “Protesters armed with bricks and fireworks mounted an assault on the building hosting a speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night, forcing the event’s cancellation. Several injuries have been reported and at least four banks have been vandalized after demonstrators marched away from the scene of a violent protest at the canceled speaking event by controversial far-right writer and speaker Yiannopoulos on the University of California at Berkeley campus.”
The New York Post reports that protestors sought to stop an appearance by conservative Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, who was to address a seminar for college Republicans.
Fox News reports that “many conservatives say they are increasingly under threat and being shut out of the political dialogue…Allison Coukos, director of public relations for the George Washington College Republicans and a junior majoring in political science…said [there is a] new level of enmity for conservative students and professors. Coukos said she has basically had to stop discussing politics altogether… ‘Students have told me of instances of harassment. We had a member spat on when they were wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat,’ Coukos said.
Last week, video surfaced of a left-leaning college student physically and verbally assaulting a conservative leader at West Virginia University during a meeting to organize a joint debate. Jordan Martinez, a 24-year-old U.S Army combat veteran who is now a graduate student at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, said he has been shocked with the extreme shutdown of political discourse. Two days prior to the inauguration, according to Martinez, professors introduced a documentary filmmaker who said that he was part of an anti-Trump movement and invited students to join the protests in Downtown Los Angeles. He gave each student two forms which were “delegitimizing Trump’s election” and stated that he and Pence were ‘fascist.”
Originally published on the New York Analysis of Policy and Government.