Yesterday, someone posted a link to the blog by the author of the Dilbert cartoons, alleging among other things that violence at Trump rallies had mostly been caused by infiltrators from Clinton’s campaign, who have since been sacked:
1. Trump’s Tough Talk Inspires violence: Ask Clinton supporters if they have seen the Project Veritas video of Clinton operatives talking about paying people to incite violence at Trump rallies. The people on the video have been fired, and we haven’t seen violence at Trump rallies since.
Well, only yesterday, a Republican who held a sign saying “Republicans Against Trump” at the front of a Trump rally in Reno, Nevada was wrestled to the ground by a crowd of Trump supporters who ” kicked, punched and choked” him and grabbed his testicles:
“I had a sign that said ‘Republicans against Trump’. It is a sign that you can just print off online.”
Initially, there was the expected reaction of people around him booing, he said. “And then all of a sudden people next to me are starting to get violent; they’re grabbing at my arm, trying to rip the sign out of my hand,” he said.
He said he could not be sure but “it looked like” Trump was pointing at him, and may have been “instigating something”. Either way, the crowd piled on him, he said, kicking, punching, holding him on the ground and grabbing his testicles.
He said he was a wrestler in his youth and used his training to turn his head to the side to maintain an airway open as he was being choked by one man who had him in a headlock. “But there were people wrenching on my neck they could have strangled me to death,” he added.
… For his part, Crites said he felt relieved when police arrived and placed him in handcuffs, but said officers had to fend off Trump supporters who continued to attack him. “As I was taken from the room, people are just looking at me like I’m a demon,” he said.
So, unless you believe that Trump his himself a Democratic infiltrator who ran so as to make Clinton’s path to the presidency easier (not a ludicrous theory, as Trump has praised and supported both Clintons in the past), it’s clear that there doesn’t need to be money from the Clinton campaign to cause violence at his rallies; enough of his supporters are thugs to make it dangerous for anyone to express dissent, which is a disturbing sign of what might happen to anyone who dissents once he takes office. If he is defeated, his thugs will know they do not have popular support, and someone else can champion the Rust Belt in a future campaign.
This should be a warning to any Muslims in particular tempted to vote for Trump or for third party candidates in swing states on the grounds that Clinton is just as bad. We heard the same rhetoric in 2000 — African-American Muslims did not fall for it, because they knew the Republicans were against them, but Arabs and other American Muslims did — that Gore was pro-Israel and that Clinton’s government had infringed Muslims’ civil liberties. Then Bush took power and we all know what followed — the Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay, Muslims locked up for decades for spurious offences or on the basis of speculation, talk radio and blogs full of anti-Muslim hate, and a war against Iraq whose disastrous consequences are still felt. In 2016 Muslims do not have the excuse of ignorance that they had in 2000; a vote for Trump is a vote for mob violence if not fascism, while a vote for Clinton is a vote for the rule of law, and if the mobs are not your kind, you do not want to vote for them.
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