The Tea Party was demonized for far less.
Early in Obama’s first term, completely peaceful Tea Party protests happened around the country. The liberal media routinely denounced the Tea Party as dangerous and hostile.
Since the night of Trump’s election, the left has been engaging in protests which often look more like riots. Windows have been smashed, people have been punched and the media sits by ignoring the whole thing.
In 2010, Tea Party protesters showed up at town hall meetings to protest the passage of Obamacare. Again, the media called them racist and dangerous. Now leftists are showing up at town halls, but the media coverage is vastly different.
Consider how a potentially dangerous situation in North Dakota was described by the Washington Post:
‘I was out of my mind with anger,’ man says after berating congressman at raucous town hall
For the record, Mike Quinn would like to apologize for “putting hands” on a U.S. congressman.
“I was out of my mind with anger for a few moments there,” the retired 68-year-old from Hazen, N.D.., told The Washington Post.
Quinn tried to stuff a wad of cash into the blue blazer of Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) on Thursday afternoon in what quickly became the most climactic moment of a fiery town hall meeting at the Mandan Eagles Club in Mandan, N.D.
The genesis of the cash-stuffing — as well as the mind-altering anger — was an ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act, a dispute that continues to turn formerly boring town halls into raucous clashes between power brokers and ordinary people terrified of losing their health care…
At some point, in the swirl of angry exchanges between constituent and representative, Quinn approached Cramer and attempted to aggressively shove money into his jacket before turning and walking away. It was theatrical and mildly frightening, but Cramer maintained his composure throughout.
“Theatrical.” That’s rich.
Here’s a video:
Rep. Cramer released this statement:
— Rep. Kevin Cramer (@RepKevinCramer) May 12, 2017
Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller points to another recent incident in which a woman tried to run a Republican Representative off the road with her car:
Violence And Intimidation Against Republicans Are Becoming The New Normal
Violence and intimidation against Republicans are quickly becoming the new normal in an increasingly tense political climate.
In one of the most recent incidents, police in Tennessee charged a woman with felony reckless endangerment on Thursday for allegedly trying to run Republican Congressman David Kustoff off the road after a town hall. The woman, Wendi Wright, was reportedly enraged over Kustoff’s support for the American Health Care Act and screamed at the congressman and his aide, striking his car windows and reaching inside the vehicle.
Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon notes that mobs of leftists have shown up at the home of Trump’s FCC chairman:
Alt-Left Targets Ajit Pai
Members of the alt-left with a history of participating in violent protests are targeting the neighborhood of the Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai.
The organizers, connected to DisruptJ20 and Code Pink, said they are “taking the fight to Pai’s front door,” leaving leaflets on the doors in Pai’s neighborhood last weekend to protest changes to the Obama administration net neutrality policy.
On Sunday, the activists will again target Pai’s neighborhood, this time with a “vigil to save the Internet.”
While all of this is unfolding, no one on the left is calling for calm. Quite the opposite, actually. The Huffington Post, one of the most influential publications on the left is demanding more:
To Save America We Must Stop Being Polite And Immediately Start Raising Hell
Donald Trump made his most frightening authoritarian power grab yet in firing James Comey, the FBI director who was leading an investigation of his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.
This could be viewed as a direct step toward consolidating power and, yes, toward fascism, as we’ve seen play out in other countries ― in Turkey recently, and in many other countries in history from which you could choose as an example.
And Trump is only four months into his administration.
It’s time to move beyond polite protests within specified boundaries. It’s time to escalate the expression of our outrage and our anger in a massive way.
What does the left think will be accomplished by any of this?
More importantly, how does this end?
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