Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Roughing Up Free Speech
The three shooters had apparently done surveillance on the planned protest for days, then showed up at the event and fired into the crowd of peaceful demonstrators before fleeing.
This is terrorism, y'all. Call it what it is.
Christians in America mow down people, too. It's not just "those brown people" who practice "that other religion" who come from "over there."
The wounded are all in stable condition, thank God.
But this is what you get when you have Donald Trump, the leading GOP candidate, endorsing supporters who punched, beat, kicked and choked a black man at one of his events,. The man was shouting "Black Lives Matter" from the back of the hall when several white men surrounded him and punched and kicked him and continued punching and kicking him after he fell to the ground. Trump called from the podium, "Get that man out of here!" As hands closed around the demonstrator's neck a woman on the video could be heard screaming, "Don't choke him! Don't choke him!" When asked by news media afterward what he thought of the violent actions of his supporters toward the demonstrator, Trump said mildly, "Maybe he should have been roughed up."
This from the candidate for president who has proposed a national database to track all Muslims and the closing of mosques nationwide.
This from the candidate who claimed at a rally that thousands of New Jersey Muslims cheered when the towers came down on 9/11. That simply isn't true.
This from the candidate who tweeted a fake graphic that blacks are responsible for most killings of whites. Again, simply not true. The bogus graphic, it turns out, was originally put out as propaganda by Neo Nazis.
Has Trump read no history or does he just not care that America was founded on the principle of religious freedom?
Does he really intend to sound like he's advocating the policies of Nazi Germany?
He must, because he keeps doing it.
It's an unwritten rule in journalism to not compare anything to Nazism. Too inflammatory. But what do you do when no other comparison matches as exactly?
Trump is a dangerous dude.
This isn't a carnival sideshow anymore. This is a hate fest, conducted by the irresponsible posturing blowhard who is the leading Republican candidate for president
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