In addition to a rash of violent protests from angry liberal agitators, Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the presidential election appears to have sparked a spate of attacks on his supporters.
Trump’s unexpected win seems to have triggered progressives so hard that all pretense of respectability — not to mention respect for the democratic process — has been shed, and for the first time in generations, the American Left has let its violent, totalitarian flag fly openly.
“That’s one of those white boy Trump supporters.”
Two men were arrested in Meriden, Connecticut, on Saturday after beating up a Trump supporter. The Trump fan was on a traffic island, holding up both a pro-Trump sign and American flag, when suspects Wilson Eschevarria and Anthony Hobdy got out of their vehicle and proceeded to attack the victim.
In New York City on Friday, a Trump supporter wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap was assaulted while riding the subway. The victim was reportedly choked by an anti-Trump aggressor.
On Wednesday, a man in Chicago was dragged from his vehicle and beaten within an inch of his life following a traffic incident. “Somebody yelled, ‘That’s one of those white boy Trump supporters,'” the man told the local CBS affiliate. “I saw my life flash before my face,” he added.
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The anti-Trump violence has also spread to schools. Jade Armenio, a sophomore at Woodside High School in Woodside, California, who isn’t even old enough to vote, was nevertheless attacked by a gang of fellow students for having supported Trump.
In addition to isolated incidents of violent attacks on individual Trump supporters, the anti-Trump protests popping up across the country have also seen incidents of violence.
The worst violence has been in Portland, where on Saturday one person was shot and roughly 70 people were arrested. Projectiles, including glass bottles and road flares, were thrown at police officers.
On Friday, harrowing video footage from the city showed a pregnant woman trapped in her car as protesters proceeded to attack it. Her only apparent crime was being white and in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Those progressives not brave — or perhaps stupid — enough to physically assault innocent Trump supporters or police officers, have taken to social media and issued calls for violence against Trump, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, and their supporters.
A search for “kill Trump” or “assassinate Trump” returns countless tweets on Twitter, and while it would be nice to think that these are merely the ramblings of mentally unhinged, adolescent basement-dwellers, some of these threats are being issued by well-known, ostensibly upstanding citizens.
Matt Harrigan, CEO of PacketSled, is currently on leave for tweeting that he wished to shoot Trump with a sniper rifle. Meanwhile, director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, who co-wrote such Scorsese classics as “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” issued a direct call for armed rebellion.
“We should finance those who support violence [sic] resistance,” Schrader wrote on Facebook. “We should be willing to take arms. Like Old John Brown, I am willing to battle with my children. Alt right nut jobs swagger violence. It’s time to actualize that violence, Like by Civil War,” he wrote.
Even Joss Whedon — frequent Marvel collaborator, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and uncrowned King of the Nerds — appeared to issue a call for revolution on social media. “This is simple: Trump cannot CANNOT be allowed a term in office. It’s not about 2018. It’s about RIGHT NOW,” he tweeted on Monday.
In the last week, it has become clear that progressives only respect the democratic process and representative government as long as they deliver a progressive agenda. The pure vitriol spat by Democrats and their supporters in the face of Trump’s victory is unlike anything seen since the pure vitriol spat by Democrats and their supporters in the face of Lincoln’s electoral victory 156 years ago.
It remains to be seen whether those furious at the Democratic Party’s defeat will likewise follow through with their threats of open sedition.