Incident in Janesville demonstrates a growing trend toward violence within Trump's baseDonald Trump’s candidacy worries me. His policies and rhetoric are dangerous for this country, and should he become the president or even just the nominee for the Republican Party, it would signal a very concerning shift in this country’s attitudes, especially among conservative voters.
The most worrisome part about Trump’s candidacy is the hate that it’s inspired in regular people. But perhaps that word is a bit too generous -- there’s nothing “regular” about the hatred and violence several of them engage in, both rhetorically and physically.
What transpired in Janesville this past week shouldn’t be considered regular or normal. A young, 15-year old woman who had come to protest Trump’s presence in the city was allegedly groped by an older male Trump supporter. A verbal fight ensued, which culminated in the woman pushing the man back, and another member of the pro-Trump crowd dousing her face with pepper spray.
The surrounding Trump supporters cheered this. What’s more, they mocked her as she walked out to get medical attention, calling her a “god damn communist n----r lover” as she left.
|Janesville police are seeking this man|
The rhetoric and actions of the few don’t justify a generalization of the crowd. But these types of incidents are becoming more and more common with each Trump campaign event that occurs. And I can’t recall a time in recent memory reading on Twitter about someone going to a campaign event, with another friend replying “be careful.”
This girl didn't do anything wrong -- she didn't instigate the crowd into assaulting her. Protesters have a right to attend events like these as well. They must be peaceful if they hope to protest in public areas, and by most accounts, the most this girl did was shove someone back who had allegedly assaulted her (every video of the incident begins after it happened, but Janesville police are investigating).
She did not deserve to be pepper sprayed by some idiot who proudly smiles after what he did.
No one in that crowd should be proud of what went down.
Yet they cheered when it happened. And they continued to verbally attack her as she tried to leave.
Regardless of how he spins this, Trump must address the violent behavior of his supporters and this event specifically. He must condemn it. And if he doesn’t, then those in his party must do so, and condemn Trump for staying silent or otherwise ignoring what’s becoming an escalating problem.
It’s a conversation that’s long-past overdue from the Republican frontrunner and from members of his party. And it’s a shameful look at what a large segment of our electorate has become.
Yes, I am worried about Donald Trump. But I’m downright scared of his supporters.