Do Not Become The Hate That You Deplore
Here at Iregular Times, we have repeatedly noted the unusual levels of violence by Donald Trump’s supporters at his political rallies. This morning, however, we have to take note of an unusual outburst of violence by anti-Trump protesters last night in Los Angeles.
17 protesters were arrested outside of a Donald Trump rally in California after some members of the crowd became violent, hurling rocks and other objects at passing vehicles and smashing a police car. It was not Trump supporters who became violent this time. It was Trump’s opponents.
These actions are not only wrong. They are idiotic. There is no plausible argument that can be made in favor of attacking other human beings and destroying police cars as a form of political opposition to a political candidate. The violence was completely pointless. Attacking passing motorists in the name of opposition to Donald Trump is like kicking a dog during an anti-war protest.
Americans oppose Donald Trump because of the cruel violence of his political positions. For anti-Trump protesters to be cruelly violent undermines this point. It also feeds into Trump’s authoritarian nationalist ideology, which claims that what America needs is a strong leader who will crush “bad guys” without compassion.
We should protest against Donald Trump. We should do it by embodying the higher ideals of nonviolent activism, not by sinking down to his level.