Fearful of Violence the Trump 2020 Voter
Fearful of Violence the Trump 2020 Voter
Fearful, hushed conversations are the underpinning of Trump 2020 voters. Supporters show up in groups because there is safety in numbers. Safety from professional censure, ridicule, and physical confrontation directed at them from people who more closely resemble Sturmabteilung than freedom loving Americans. Three reasons why I, and I suspect many other people, are quietly supporting the President’s re-election.
The intentional acts of violence against Trump supporters and their property is escalating. Aggression directed at them has been forefront since a high school student was the victim of a media lynching. I’m NOT overstating what they tried to do to a child, all because he was wearing a hat they didn’t like.
Nick Sandmann exhibited more self restraint than any of the adults antagonizing him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He returned fire with the legal system, winning judgements against the purveyors of hatred and vitriol.
Let that sink in. The media was hellbent on lying to destroy a child because he was wearing a MAGA hat. God Bless Nick because he’s shown more fortitude than many adults.
You know their names. Rand Paul, Brandon Stratka, Bernell “the Ras” Trammell, etc. There is an even longer list of average Americans who are targeted because they are exercising their First Amendment rights. In USAToday (in an Opinion piece) Gil Smart highlights some of the egregious behavior perpetrated against people wearing MAGA hats.
Florida, bus aide allegedly ripped a “Make America Great” hat off a 14-year-old student, an 18-year-old student in Edmond, Oklahoma, was charged with assault and battery after he allegedly demanded a classmate remove a similar MAGA hat, then knocked the hat off the younger kid’s head when he didn’t comply.
The same day that the Oklahoma incident occurred, Feb. 25, an 81-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by a much younger man outside a ShopRite in Franklin, New Jersey, in a physical altercation over a hat.”
How bad is it when freaking USAToday is telling readers to stop the violence? Apparently not so bad that the stories make headlines beyond the local news.
But they should.
Imagine if the following event happened to a Biden supporter, and then tell me how it would be handled in the media.
It was last Thursday morning around 7 a.m. when Jonathan Rempel, a farmer in Sutton, Nebraska, received a phone call from the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department. They told him that his combine (WHICH HAD BEEN FLYING TRUMP FLAGS), two semis, and a tractor had all caught fire in his cornfield “at about the same time.” The tractors had all been parked a safe distance apart, and it looks like the equipment hadn’t been used since the night prior (which makes this extra fishy).”
The news outlet covering this story…. Not the Bee, the news site sister to everything conservative satire site The Babylon Bee (recently facing overt scrutiny from Facebook fact checking. You know, because in today’s world, satire and fact are interchangeable. Not that Facebook understands either….).
Ever fearful of being labeled a supporter of Trump, many in academia keep their views hidden. Their social media sites are bereft of politics, their homes are void of signage, and no way do their automobiles reflect their support. I know a few teachers and professors who are supporting Trump in 2020. We talk about it in private groups, like some sort of “Trump Anonymous” meeting.
One PhD in particular, whom I personally know and will not name, has lightly danced around liberal co-workers overt dislike of POTUS during work meetings. The good doctor has withheld personal views, or changed the topic. The understanding is explicit that the PhD’s position and credibility will be undermined by people who don’t think political support should go for anyone but their chosen candidate.
More recently we can see what happens to celebrities who publicly transition or remain steadfast in their support to the President. Newsweek.com snarkily titles this piece, “Every Celebrity to Speak Out in Support of Donald Trump” before listing a handful of names. Written under a video of the celebrities against him….
The article quotes Isaiah Washington’s Fox Nation interview (citing The Hill piece while completely eliminating any reference to Fox Nation)
— Tyrus (@PlanetTyrus) September 4, 2019
His career was waining after being let go from “Grey’s Anatomy” after uttering a “homophobic slur” (whatever that means…). But any hope of reviving it is gone after this admission.
…62 percent of Americans are inclined to self-censor what they say politically “because others might find them offensive.” Even moderate leftists report they feel increased fear of offending the offendable, while only the most “staunch liberals,” as Cato described them, feel free to speak their minds. The “very conservative” have been pushed deepest in the closet: they are most likely to refrain from saying what they think politically, at nearly twice the rate of the “very liberal.”
It goes on to further report something that is bone chilling for the future of our Republic,
Buried deeper in the report, however, is a stunning data point that might be one of the most troubling current cultural indicators. Forty-four percent of Americans younger than age 30 believe a company is correct in firing an executive because he or she personally donated to President Trump’s reelection campaign.”
The lack of anything resembling a Civics lesson in the last 30 years is rearing its ugly head. The future is ignorant of the blessing afforded every American in our Constitutional Republic. And they don’t care. Punish people for holding contrary views. I love this line about “fascism” from the article,
People throw the word “fascist” around today much too carelessly for it to be useful. If that word can be applied to an everyday person, however, someone who believes you should lose your job based on who you vote for is a pretty sturdy working definition.”
Nobody wants to be considered stupid, ignorant, or “less than” within their social circle. But it is exactly how the anti-Trump crowd feeds the hubris. Most notable within the Lincoln Project and Foreign Affairs crowds, is the co-opted liberal slant of, “If only you were smarter you’d understand why Trump is the wrong choice.”
The New York Times gleefully reports on the growing number of “conservative” (aka RINO) groups forming against Trump.
Mr. Schott, who sold his business software company to Salesforce in 2018 for a reported $6.5 billion, decided to spend $1 million of his own money to start a new group, Reclaim Our Party, a super PAC targeting right-leaning independents and soft Republicans and telling them it was OK to vote against Mr. Trump.
“To me, it’s just having another voice,” he said in an interview. “It’s saying, ‘Here’s yet another group of Republicans that are saying it’s OK to vote against Donald Trump.’ More voices saying it is better.”
Because dear Republicans and right-leaning Independents, you are too stupid to make your own fact based decisions. Just listen to your betters and do what we tell you, “It is better.”
Well sure, who wants to speak up when there’s a herd of RHINOs rampaging toward your grass hut? Best just to move out of the way and stay silent so they pass on by.
Of all the fearful outcomes, this might be the most pervasive and destructive. It certainly is the one with greatest impact on me. My husband is a “leadership” guy. 29 years as a Marine officer will do that to a person. He abhors Trump’s brash style, perceived intellectual void, and his entire presidential train wreck (though, he does agree with me that Melania is smoking hot). My husband is absolutely more Lincoln Project, Foreign Affairs, and rightfully proud of being a “big picture thinker.” Between the two of us, he’s unquestionably the better student and more inclined to ruminate a topic (to death if our kids can be believed). So in our conversation about this topic his response wasn’t surprising, but something to consider.
He said, “if you’re going to publicly support a candidate you should be able to articulate WHY you are doing so, in a thoughtful way, and defend your position.”
Okay, I considered. Take a moment for yourself.
I disagree, and don’t think I should have to defend my choice to anyone. Because the only person who needs to feel as though it’s the right choice… is me. And we should be able to support any candidate, or no candidate, without fear of reprisal, violence, or ridicule.
Unfortunately, it looks like the era of “agree to disagree” then move on is gone.
Thank you Sarah Hoyt, and welcome to our INSTAPUNDIT readers.