First the fun political-media gotcha point: Can you imagine if even a single video anywhere close to these from anti-Trump “protests” in San Jose had been captured at a Tea Party rally a few years ago? The news media would have assumed that every conservative and Republican was fully implicated in the “atmosphere of violence” even as they were paraded before the cameras to denounce the entire movement. When it turns out that the fascist thugs are on the political Left, we get vague descriptions of them as “protesters,” and mealy mouthed attempts to blame the victim:
Another video captured a female Trump supporter taunting protesters before being surrounded and struck in the face with an egg and water balloons.
I haven’t seen any video of the woman “taunting protesters.” That might just be the journalist’s interpretation from the fact that she kept up a brave front while a mob — almost all young men — surrounded her with Mexican flags, swearing at her and then throwing eggs and other things at her. It’s disgusting, not a mere altercation. (One might infer, naturally, that left-wing journalists believe that overt support for Trump is tantamount to a taunt.)
And don’t think for a moment there aren’t organizations behind these “protests.” Watch the video of the woman being mobbed, and you’ll see an SEIU sign start to make an appearance before quickly disappearing, perhaps because the labor activist holding it (one assumes) spotted the camera scanning the crowd and thought better of being visible at that moment.
In some respects, this isn’t exactly a new development. After all, powerful people in government, academia, and the media have been excusing violent “idealists” on the Left for decades. But even if left-wing violence is getting no worse, the possibility becomes greater that it will destroy us as the progressives succeed in wearing away the foundations of our society, especially if we don’t name its practitioners for what they are.