Violence at Trump rallies reflects Trump’s racist rhetoric
The video of a Trump supporter delivering a sucker-punch to a protester at a North Carolina campaign rally is the latest example of the growing hatred that GOP front-runner Donald Trump is ginning up among his supporters.
As a group of protesters were being escorted out of the rally, a man in a dark cowboy hat is seen making his way to the aisle and then delivering a punch to the face of an African-American protester. The punching suspect was charged with assault and battery.
This is not the first incidence of violence at a Trump rally, and it’s not likely to be the last. Not when the candidate openly insults large swaths of humanity, from African Americans, Muslims, women, Hispanics, foreign refugees–basically anyone who isn’t white. According to a story on Huffington Post:
The suspect, John McGraw, showed no remorse for his act of violence.
“You bet I liked it. Knocking the hell out of that big mouth,” McGraw said. Asked why he punched the protester, McGraw told Inside Edition, “Number one, we don’t know if he’s ISIS.”
“We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American,” McGraw went on. “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.”
So now we have a Trump supporter claiming that 1) there is no right to freedom of speech when it goes against his chosen candidate, and 2) it’s OK to kill people who disagree with you. Welcome to Donald Trump’s America.
Trump himself has told his rallies that he would like to “punch protesters myself.” He also has told his supporters that he would pay legal fees if they were charged. Of course, the Trump campaign offered nothing for McGraw, who spent the night in jail because McGraw couldn’t afford bail.
Here’s the video, which has a disclaimer about it being disturbing:
Another Huffington Post story has a list of the many racist attacks and verbal slurs that have occurred at Trump rallies and beyond. The list includes forcing a group of black students to leave, even though they weren’t doing anything; shoving and kicking black protesters, and two men in Boston beating up and urinating on a homeless Hispanic man, all the while citing Trump’s immigration policies. The story quotes Trump:
“I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate,” Trump said. “They love this country, they want this country to be great again.”
That’s the kind of “greatness” we can do without.
In a piece in the New York Daily News, Shaun King wrote that it’s “only a matter of time before someone gets killed” at a Trump rally. The story describes how the Trump campaign is attracting white supremacists from around the country, and how those views are being displayed more and more openly.
“Welcome to America 2016,” King wrote. Indeed.