Chaotic scenes have become the norm at Trump rallies, where protesters and Trump backers have fiercely resisted one another, but at a rally in San Jose, California, it blew up into outright violence. Anti-Trump protesters punched and threw eggs and tomatoes at Trump supporters. Some left bleeding, according to photos shared on Twitter and in the press.
This follows a number of high-profile attacks on peaceful protesters at Trump rallies, who have been punched in the face by Trump backers while being escorted out, and aggressive protests by anti-Trump forces, who have blocked roads. Clearly this election is heated, and with Trump making racist and sexist attacks on judges and journalists, it makes sense that people would fiercely oppose him.
As Emmett Rensin, a Vox journalist who was later suspended for his comments excusing these riots said, Trump is a unique threat to democracy.
You spent a year saying Trump was a fascist, and particularly an anti-Hispanic bigot. Hispanics take that seriously, and you're Shocked.
— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016
We at Bombs and Dollars agree that Trump is a fascistic type who is creating a dangerous cult of personality and who must be stopped. However, here’s the thing: You don’t stop an anti-democratic fascist by punching his supporters at a political rally.
Americans have a means of defeating Trump, and it’s at the ballot box. He’s already well-positioned to lose, with historically high unpopularity numbers. But these kind of overly aggressive left-wing protest tactics (even before the violence) are likely to help him.
Of course it doesn’t make any rational sense to support a candidate just because some of the people opposing him are extreme, but if we’ve learned anything from this election, it’s that rational logic doesn’t always determine people’s voting choices. Liberal protesters attacking Trump voters, and mainstream media outlets being seen as excusing it, are going to serve to unite some portion of the Republicans who are currently divided over Trump.
The Republican Party has perfected the art of playing to the resentments of middle class conservatives who feel they are under assault from “elitists” in the press and sneering liberal protesters.