Threats, Intimidation vs. Conservatives Escalates
Leftists 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 recently, 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 “de-legitimizing Trump’s election” and stated that he and Pence were “fascist.”
A careful review might disclose that an additional motivation for the protests could include a leadership struggle within the Democrat Party, the initial shots in a civil war brought about by the devastating loss of its power in the White House, the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, many state legislatures and governorships in recent years. Democrats seeking the survival of their party will be forced to note that the combination of extreme left-wing policies, divisive identity politics, back-door influence by billionaires such as Tom Steyer and George Soros, and Clinton-style corruption have not served their party well. Outrageous actions by New York Senator Charles Schumer, who introduced legislation to weaken First Amendment protections, have also harmed the party.
In addition to their losses at the ballot box, the embarrassing condition of many cities run by left-wing Democrat mayors across the nation (Chicago being a prime example) points to a clear need for significant change-an alteration which will detrimentally affect the leftists who currently control the party.
It is becoming increasingly evident that the goal of the extreme leftists sponsoring this movement is not to effectuate specific policy changes. Part of it is a struggle to retain control of the Democrat Party despite a record of failure. And part of it is a rebellion — the word is used intentionally — against the constitutional election process which rendered a result the left did not want. It is, in its essence, a rejection of the entire concept of the electoral process itself.
Article originally published on New York Analysis of Policy and Government.