One hallmark of our democracy is our ability to protest those with whom we disagree. Whether we agree with the position of the group protesting, there was a time we would never agree with physically attacking those protesters. This time has passed.
Trump’s supporters attending a rally in Alabama attacked a #BlackLivesMatter activist who dared to protest Donald Trump.
In the video, you can see Trump supporters scrambling to suppress the single protester. The protester is taken to the ground and swarmed by several clinched-fisted Trump supporters ready to assault the man further. In the background, you can hear Trump yelling, “Get him the hell out of here!”
Accounts of the event state that as the single protester began shouting, “Black Lives Matter,” Trump supporters responded with “All Lives Matter,” all while a group of them assaulted him. The irony can not be any clearer.
And a white man chanting "all lives matter" while other white men insult/beat/spit/assault a black man. At a damn Donald Trump rally.
— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) November 22, 2015
On Fox and Friends Sunday, Trump stated, “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
So @realDonaldTrump just said maybe the protester attacked at his rally deserved to be "roughed up". No one on Fox panel blinks.
— Nick O'Malley (@npomalley) November 22, 2015
So let’s make sure we understand Trump’s position clearly:
- Protesting and interrupting his rallies are disgusting but beating up a protester is not.
- Protests deserve to be met with physical force.
This is your Republican frontrunner ladies and gentlemen. As with every other morally repugnant behavior Trump has demonstrated thus far, this event and his statement will probably cause him go up in the polls. This speaks volumes about the mindset of a large swath of America.
Is there any surprise that no one was arrested?
Watch Trump Supporters Attack Black Lives Matter Protester:
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 21, 2015
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