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Targeting political foes just deepens the division

Published August 19. 2019 12:07PM

It was a little over a year ago that Maxine Waters encouraged activists to target conservatives who favored a “zero tolerance” on immigration policy.

She said that there should be “no sleep, no peace” for the people she said were responsible for separating children from their parents during the identification process at the southern border.

“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station,” you get out and you create a crowd, Waters said. “You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

It didn’t take long for leftist radicals to begin carrying out those marching orders. Two prominent conservatives, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and communications director Candace Owens, who is black, were attempting to eat breakfast at a restaurant in Philadelphia when a group aligned with Antifa gathered outside and aggressively harassed them.

Video on Owens’ Twitter page showed the protesters shouting obscenities and blowing whistles. The video also shows one of the protesters dumping a bottle of water on Kirk.

Not intimidated, Owens, who is black, responded to the crowd: “We love the police, we love America, we love the USA.”

Kirk later stated if roles were reversed and it was a conservative mob hurling horrific insults or doing the assault, the left would have been screaming “hate crime” and nearly every major news outlet would be demanding condemnation.

There were other attacks on conservatives. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ and Fox News personality Kat Timpf were harassed while socializing at restaurants. Both left their respective public places to discourage their antagonists and defuse the situation.

Conservatives and Republican lawmakers are also targets of anti-conservative bias by social media companies.

The latest case of a liberal double standard involved Sen. Mitch Mitch McConnell. The Senate Majority Leader was resting at home after fracturing his shoulder in a fall when left-wing protesters gathered outside his Kentucky home. One demonstrator shouted someone to stab McConnell “in the heart” and for McConnell to break his “raggedy” neck.

After McConnell’s re-election campaign posted the hostile videos, Twitter responded by suspending McConnell’s account.

“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell,” the senator’s campaign manager Kevin Golden said in a statement. “This is the problem with the speech police in America today.”

Democratic Rep. Julian Castro, a presidential hopeful, posted a list with prominent donors in San Antonio who contributed to President Trump. The list, sought to link them to a “campaign of hate” in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, was posted on Twitter by Castro, who is the campaign chairman for his brother.

“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” Castro tweeted. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ ”

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro remains active on Twitter, even after he posted the names of San Antonio residents who donated to Trump.

A number of those Trump donors described Castro’s actions as a ridiculous stunt which was actually fueling a campaign of hate against Hispanics. Wayne Harwell, the owner of a local real estate development company whose name appeared on the list, was one who fumed at the claim that Trump donors are complicit in spreading hateful rhetoric against Hispanics.

In just the past year, the drum beat against anything conservative or pro-Trump has gotten louder, thanks to Trump haters like Maxine Waters and Julian Castro and a complicit liberal press and social media companies.

Giving radicals a license to harass political opponents, posting hostile videos or hit lists only creates a deeper chasm in a nation already fractured along party lines.

By Jim Zbick | tneditor@tnonline.com

Comments
Fake news gins up those with mental imbalance as they plug in to CNN & MSNBC to recharge their hatred. Despite facts such as the lowest female unemployment rates since 1969 and other record economic statistics, some still get angry. Just look at the audience at the recent Manchester NH Trump Rally last week. There were hundreds, if not thousands of happy women. Many had “Women for Trump 2020” signs. How about that? Women are a substantial part of President Trump’s Leadership team. Women are a focus in the Trump economic improvement plan. Ivanka Trump is finalizing a mandatory maternity leave plan that should make everyone happy. Anger is always able to weaken someone’s understanding & focus. Mitch McConnell’s wife is the Secretary of Transportation, serving as a fine example of President Trump’s cabinet inclusive of women. Thank you for pointing it out.
I fully support confronting politicians in public, peacefully but strongly. That’s America.

Jim is such a tool btw.
Very good letter Mr. Zbick. Discourse has always been a part of American politics. In the Civil War there was the caning of Senator Sumner. As you noted, things have taken a turn for the worse. Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached epic levels as guilt by association seems to justify public assault on all levels of Trump supporters. I would also mention the multiple teenagers that get attacked for the crime of wearing a MAGA hat. Previously, Congress members were able to disagree during the day, and, set aside political differences at night. Now, as you indicate, several Congressional members incite violence, rather than suppress it. For the first time in history, an American President was a victim of a silent coup, attempting to overthrow the results of a legitimate election. For well over two years, liberals have been conducting a fake collusion investigation that recently failed. Investigations now extend to 18 year old records, all in the attempt to impeach President Trump. The crime would be that some hate Trump. Media outlets use blasphemy and accuse Trump of being a traitor every 10 minutes for the last 2.5 years, all without evidence. Evidence doesn’t matter. Manners & respect fall to the wayside as good people suffer the consequences of being assaulted, spit on, ridiculed, protested at their private residence & evicted from theaters and restaurants...all for the crime of supporting a candidate with a different viewpoint. “Election results have consequences”, stated President Obama. Democrats have to understand that over 63 million people voted for President Trump and only one person can be President at a time. Public confrontation of politicians with rudeness and violence has made the offending Democrats out to be punks. Shame on them. As if to make things worse Democratic leaders remain silent as their deranged followers escalate violence, like the attack and shooting of the Senators practicing baseball last year. That was the only time that gun violence elicited no agenda driven response.
Well it’s all relative. Liberals inspiring the interruption of people’s dinners, trump inspiring the murder of Latinos.
Hi CG. Operation Veratas inserted reporters undercover into the “caravans”. The caravans were/are funded by liberal organizations. George Soros is one of the sponsors. Do you not find it strange as thousands of illegal immigrants assemble and trek toward our border with busses, scheduled rest stops, food, tents, and other logistics all preplanned? How can poor refugees all of a sudden assemble and walk to the USA? There is a “caravan strategy”, if you want to see it. Liberalism fails whenever the truth about it is revealed. George Soros hates America, and anything he can do to sabotage us is all the better for him.

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