Trump suggested that he might not accept the election results if Clinton won. Hillary and her supporters in the government, media and public called this “horrifying” – a stunning rejection of America’s longstanding democratic practice. Now, in a repeat of anti-Bush protests in 2001, Clinton supporters are refusing to accept the results. Not only that, at least some Hillary supporters are turning out be exactly what they accused Trump supporters of being: violent and hateful bigots. As The Duran’s Alex Christoforou puts it, “For liberals and progressives, love and peace is only acceptable if it falls in line with their definition of such.”
First there were the calls for Trump’s assassination on Twitter. Shockingly, a freelance journalist for the UK’s Guardian and New York TimesMonisha Rajesheven called for president-elect Trump to be assassinated in a tweet to journalist Mark C. O’Flaherty, who writes for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, among other propaganda outlets. O’Flaherty responded “haaaa – that’s all we’ve talked about for the last hour.”Rajesh quickly deleted the tweet and her account, but not before it was seen and captured by other Twitter users.
Another journalist, LA Times freelancer Steven Borowiec tweeted that he wished Trump would die. The paper released a statement that they found the comment “inexcusable”: “The Los Angeles Times is committed to fair, evenhanded coverage of the presidential campaign, and expects all journalists representing the paper, including non-staff contributors such as Mr. Borowiec, to adhere to this standard in their articles and social media posts.”
Along with the assassination threats came the protests and riots in New York, LA, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Virginia, Minnesota, San Francisco, Oregon, Seattle, Oakland. Tens of thousands are taking part all across the country. But while largely peaceful, that is changing quickly. Dozens were arrested in that first two days. Police officers were injured. Property was destroyed. Trump was burned in effigy. The American flag was burned in the streets. At the same time, a wave of racist bullying and vandalism has spread across the country.
We should be skeptical about all of it.
The chaos is undeniable. As is the violence and the destruction. Yesterday an elderly Chicago man was repeatedly kicked in the head, his car stolen as bystanders shouting ‘You voted Trump’.
A high school girl in California was beaten by a classmate for saying she supported Trump in Instagram, therefore she hates Mexicans. Now she’s receiving hate mail on her social media accounts.
The protests continue. Last night a peaceful Philadelphia rally focused on women of color and sexual assault victims. Baltimore protests saw some arrests. Protests are ongoing in Milwaukee, Oakland, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, New York City… Students in Southern California staged walkouts. (See Zero Hedge for a representative sample of videos and pics.)
Twenty-six rioters were arrested in Portland yesterday. The protest began peacefully before the “anarchists” started burning flags, breaking windows of local businesses and restaurants, and bashing an electrical box. The protesters even turned on each other. The man who was beating the electrical box with a baseball bat hit a woman who tried to get him to stop. RT reports:
Some 4,000 people started their protest at Pioneer Courthouse Square and moved to northeast Portland, according to The Oregonian daily. Police on Twitter wrote that protesters were preparing “gas and flares” and were “arming themselves with rocks from construction site.”
At least 19 cars were vandalized at a Toyota dealership.
What’s going on? Trump may not be too far off when he tweets the following:
The fact is, most of these protests have been peaceful, or at least they started out as such, like the one in Portland. And every movement or ideology has its crazies, extremists, and those who resort to violence. But there’s this to consider: MoveOn “activists” march against Trump: George Soros begins his color revolution in America. And this:
With tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, questions are swirling about whether the anger is as organic as advertised. … observers online are claiming that, in some cases, protesters were bused to the scenes – a telltale sign of coordination. “Anti-Trump protesters in Austin today are not as organic as they seem,” one local in the Texas capitol tweeted Wednesday, along with photos offered as evidence.
Others claimed to have found ads posted on CraigsList in which a Seattle-based non-profit was soliciting “Full-Time Activists.” “We are looking for motivated individuals who are seeking Full-Time, Part-Time, and Permanent positions,” reads a line from the ad from Washington CAN! posted on Wednesday.
Rumors have also been circulating that the new batch of anti-Trump protesters has been bankrolled by individuals like billionaire liberal activist George Soros and groups like “WTF, @georgesoros busing in & paying #protestors to destroy cities is domestic #terrorism. #fakeProtests #BlueLivesMatter have tough days,” read one tweet in response to the viral picture of buses in Austin.
Another theory floated on social media is that many of the signs that were distributed at rallies across the country appeared to be exactly the same, indicating they were printed and distributed by an organized group.
In addition to the incidents mentioned above, rioters defaced Lee Memorial in New Orleans, spray painting messages like “Die Whites Die”, “F— Trump”, “F— White People”, “F— Pence”, “We are ungovernable”, and anarchy symbols. (The foul language is common to most of the protests.) Ironically, protesters genuinely concerned about Trump stirring up deep-seated hatred don’t have to look far – their fellow protesters are doing exactly that.
The non-violent protests are at least understandable. They’re angry they lost. They’re kicking themselves for not reforming the electoral college years ago (but they were seemingly fine with it for the previous three elections). They’re angry at the DNC for sabotaging the chances for a Democratic candidate who actually stood a chance against Trump. But when it comes down to it, their lashing out is childish and misguided.
Hillary supporters bought the lie that Clinton was a champion of “progressive values”. They’re convinced Trump will be the next Hitler, ignoring the fact that Hillary’s political philosophy is much more fascistic, founded on deception, corruption, and mass murder. They either don’t know or don’t care that Hillary represents and is personally responsible for the continuation of the policies that made America the most evil country on the planet. Said policies were given new life by the Bush presidency and reinvigorated by Obama. They include: the invasion and occupation of foreign countries, the slaughter of their civilians, the plundering of their resources, the state sponsorship of terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, the use of death squads, supporting Nazis in Ukraine, maintaining and amplifying a new cold war against Russia, and supporting the worst dictatorships and human rights violators on the planet, like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who execute gays, subjugate women, and arrest political dissidents.
But no. Trump is the problem