People Who Throw Rocks to Protest Donald Trump Help to Elect Donald Trump
If you pay attention to what we write here at Irregular Times, you know that we are no fans of Donald Trump. In our estimation, Donald Trump is a bigot, a demagogue, a bully, an abuser of power and dangerously unhinged.
Hold that opinion in your mind while you make room for a second observation: as multiple news outlets have now reported, anti-Trump protesters in Albuquerque and Anaheim have thrown rocks, bottles and flaming objects at people outside areas where Donald Trump has been speaking.
This is exactly what Donald Trump wants, exactly what Donald Trump needs to get elected. Donald Trump’s exclusionary, anti-immigrant, pro-torture policy message of an Us versus a Them won’t work unless a Them turns up to look scary on national television. Congratulations, violent anti-Trump protesters: you’ve supplied the visual.
It doesn’t matter that violent anti-Trump protesters are a very small and unrepresentative set of individuals. The TV camera doesn’t care about that, the news media doesn’t care about that, and consumers of journalistic reports won’t appreciate that, especially if they’re already disposed to react on the basis of fear.
The best way to battle Donald Trump’s effort to storm into the White House is to provide an inclusive, justice-oriented, love-founded alternative. A rock thrown at someone’s head is none of these.