Friday, June 3, 2016

Did You Throw An Egg In San Jose

I've been away so long
I may go wrong and lose my way
Do you know the way to San José?
I'm going back to find
Some peace of mind in San José.

Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in downtown San Jose spun out of control Thursday night when some demonstrators attacked the candidate’s supporters. 
Protesters jumped on cars, pelted Trump supporters with eggs and water balloons, snatched signs and stole “Make America Great” hats off supporters’ heads before burning the hats and snapping selfies with the charred remains. 
Several people were caught on camera punching Trump supporters. At least one attacker was arrested, according to CNN, although police did not release much information. 
“The San Jose Police Department made a few arrests tonight after the Donald Trump Rally,” police said in a statement. “As of this time, we do not have specific information on the arrests made. There has been no significant property damage reported. One officer was assaulted.” 
In one video circulating widely on social media, two protesters tried to protect a Trump supporter as other protesters attacked him and called him names. 
Another video captured a female Trump supporter taunting protesters before being surrounded and struck in the face with an egg and water balloons. 
Police eventually cleared the protest, which they called an “unlawful assembly.”

I'd say political violence is always wrong, except history is replete with examples of it being used to great effect, written by the winners who used it.  The GOP is threatening to deport tens of millions by force, folks, and that's not making people happy.  Governments use violence all the time, and when a government uses violence, it is by definition political.  Trump hopes to seize control of that violence and use it for political means.

On the other hand, if you thought Trumpies were playing the aggrieved victims before, you have no idea what's coming now.  This will get a lot worse, and soon.

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