Stop legitimizing and enabling.
If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve seen the footage. An angry, violent, mob attacked Trump supporters at his San Jose rally last night. They threw things, destroyed property, fought with police, set fire to flags and other items, and generally caused a lot of mayhem as they tried to intimidate and silence their opponents.
You’ve also seen them described as “protesters.”
As the AP reports:
Donald Trump supporters leaving the presidential candidate’s rally in San Jose were pounced by protesters, some of whom threw punches and eggs.
A dozen or more people were hit and car windows were broken. Trump hats grabbed from supporters were set on fire on the ground. One least one woman was pelted with an egg.
Police stood their ground at first but after about 90 minutes moved into the remaining crowd to break it up and make arrests. At least four people were taken into custody, though police didn’t release total arrest figures Thursday night. One officer was assaulted, police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.
Here’s how NBC covered the “protesters:”
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 3, 2016
Of course, it’s all complete B.S., because these aren’t “protesters.” They’re an angry mob of violent, often racist, thugs who are rioting in the streets to silence speech with which they disagree.
Make no mistake, they have every right to their opinions. Those who are here legally should be allowed to gather, protest peacefully, and make their voices heard. Those who are here illegally should be cuffed, processed, and deported – immediately – but if you’re a citizen of this country the right to assemble is absolutely protected.
However, the second you start targeting the 1st Amendment rights of others you’ve crossed the line. If you’re attacking people, destroying property, fighting cops, and burning other people’s belongings – all in an attempt to instill fear in your opponents – you’re nothing more than a cheap hooligan and you should be jailed for your crimes. End of story.
If you’re a media outlet that continues to describe these goons as “protesters,” you’re doing nothing but legitimizing and enabling them. Obviously, we get that this is the goal for a lot of left-wing “news” sources (more on that here) but it’s time to call a spade a spade.
What we saw in San Jose weren’t protests.
They were riots. Violent, angry, riots that, fortunately, didn’t take any lives.
Have the courage to admit that.
Label these savages – and their actions – what they are: intolerable.