Donald Trump Plays Violent Anti-Trump Protesters Like a Fiddle
You may have heard the news. If you haven’t, you should.
- Stole signs and Trump supporters’ hats and burned them
- Threw eggs and food at a Trump supporter, hitting her face and body while screaming “fuck you, you piece of shit”
- Spit on multiple Trump supporters
- Punched and bloodied multiple Trump supporters
- Smashed car windows
- Threw multiple items at police officers
Brutal, violent mob intimidation by his opponents is exactly what Donald Trump hopes for. He gets an opening to characterize his opponents as “thugs…”
… which is how Trump justifies treating entire classes of people brutally, even lethally. In turn, this is how authoritarians justify voting for Trump: without a strongman, they’ll say, there’s no way to stop the “thugs” from overtaking America.
It doesn’t matter that violent protests aren’t common and have no prospect of actually taking over the nation. People will react to images of violence as if they are common regardless of the truth.
It doesn’t matter that these acts of political violence against pro-Trump Americans are defended as a rejection of “bourgeois” or “respectability politics.” They still violate people’s basic rights on the basis of their political positions.
Some people in America believe that it’s acceptable to be violent against others if those others are themselves violent. Some people who believe this support Donald Trump. Some people who believe this oppose Donald Trump. As the violence escalates, Donald Trump’s waltz toward the White House is made ever easier.