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In San Jose, Politics Trumps Policing

Updated on June 4, 2016
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Robert is a freelance writer/researcher in the Seattle, WA area. He covers current political, economic, and geopolitical news.

Trump Supporters Beaten Down as Police Watch

“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

This was said after police stood by and watched as Trump supporters were punched, kicked, and beat down for expressing their political opinion. One woman was cornered and pelted with eggs. Fighting Trump’s “hate" with anger and animosity, the scene outside the rally in San Jose on Thursday night turned into mayhem.

As opposed to the rally in nearby Sacramento that went off without a hitch the day before, the San Jose rally turned into a riot outside. “Potentially more could have been done,” said San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, in the understatement of the century. Trump hats were snatched off heads and burned, as anti-Trump protesters once again only hardened the other side’s support of the Republican candidate while likely encouraging more supporters in the process.

Democracy allows disagreement. You might not like what a candidate has to say, but that does not give you the right to berate and beat that candidate’s supporters for daring to see what all the hubbub is all about.

And yet, Democrats and the mainstream media will continue to blame the violence surrounding Trump’s rallies on the billionaire himself. They say he incites violence with his rhetoric as his supporters are chased by a mob of young activists for merely wearing a Trump hat or t-shirt. The San Jose protesters, like their predecessors in Costa Mesa and other cities, more likely helped than hurt the odds of Trump being elected president.

Trump Supporters Stomped for Showing Up

“San Jose police officers performed admirably and professionally to contain acts of violence and protect individuals’ rights to assemble, protest and express their political views,” the mayor and Hillary Clinton supporter said. What Mr. Liccardo failed to leave out of that quote is that you have the right to express political views, as long as they are of the liberal persuasion. Politics took preference over policing in this Silicon Valley city and the mayor proved this by allowing as much violence as possible, caring more about getting his girl into the White House than protecting his own citizens.

How gross is that?

Yet, Clinton said in a recent interview that Trump shared some blame: “He created an environment in which it seemed to be acceptable for someone running for president to be inciting violence, to be encouraging his supporters, now we’re seeing people who are against him responding in kind,” Clinton said on CNN. How can this be the case? When did Mr. Trump incite or encourage violence? If you watch any of the videos, these Trump supporters are literally walking down the street, doing nothing to provoke the angry, Mexican flag waving protesters, yet news reporters still ask them if they did anything to make the angry mob mad. The Trump fans are then are chased away or punched out of nowhere, attacked just for being there. Some who came to see the Trump show tried to drive away afterward, but their cars were jumped on by wild hooligans, allowed to do what they wanted out in the open as the police watched.

“We wrapped up, everybody was cheering like crazy, and they walk out and they get accosted by a bunch of thugs burning the American flag,” Trump said. Democrats will continue to heap the blame on the Donald as opposed to the “Dump Trump” crowd that seems to show up at a most of his California rallies. In April, Costa Mesa police cars were vandalized and Trump supporters were pestered as they left an event. The day after, in the Bay Area, protesters threw eggs and spat on police officers who were barricading a venue where Trump was speaking.

Tell me, how is Trump inciting this kind of violence? Against police!

Anti-Trump or Anti-America?

Mayor Sam Liccardo, big-time Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, criticized Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments had to deal with. So, he instructed his own police force to let the chaos get out of control.

This is politics as usual. Do whatever you have to in order to help your party win. He refused to attribute any of the blame to his side, ignoring the anti-American tinge of this angry anti-Trump mob.

Conservative radio man Rush Limbaugh said that “America’s leftists” are out rioting against Donald Trump, and instead of just being anti-Trump, they are “really anti-America.”

Friday on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” the radio host said, “these riots, the most recent one, San Jose, they’re not riots against Trump; they’re riots against Trump supporters… And beyond that, they’re really anti-America riots, since they are really violently protesting as American citizens [are] exercising their constitutional right to express their political opinion.”

One only has to look at the American flags burning, Mexican flags waving, and pro-socialism signs to understand what Mr. Limbaugh is talking about. The anger toward Trump has extended to his supporters, as liberals across the country cannot comprehend how someone can support such a racist, bigoted, and homophobic (even though he is none of those things) individual.

Leftists in the media are trying to help Mrs. Clinton by increasing the violence around Trump’s rallies, blaming the ensuing drama on the billionaire. Emmet Rensin, an editor at Vox, wrote on Twitter: “Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot.”

Vox issued a statement shortly thereafter, suspending Rensin, saying that, while "we encourage our writers to debate and disagree... direct encouragement of riots crosses a line between expressing a contrary opinion and directly encouraging dangerous, illegal activity.”

If only Mr. Liccardo could be suspended by his own citizens. He really should resign as he clearly prizes politics over the safety of his citizens. This latest incident on the streets of San Jose proves how partisan this country is becoming. For the left, allowing the violence to get out of hand makes their side look like the rowdy and un-American one. And now, with both sides digging in and acting out on their respective views, we are now seeing political violence in this country on a level not seen since the 1960s.

As the presidential campaign continues to slog on through the summer, let’s hope other Democratic mayors will enforce the law and keep order, as they are legally obliged to do. And, let’s hope Mayor Liccardo gets booted out of office.

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      Sanxuary 6 months ago

      There are radicals on both sides but we are forgetting that you do not have to be a member of any party to hate Trump. In fact its really about the issues more then anything else. Its discrimination combined with immigration and anyone who wanted change not from Hillary or Trump. The most violent people on being placed on the left probably never voted. Here that element was created by those who believe the police are discriminating in their enforcement. Protesting has changed its tatics to always be moving to keep law enforcement from singling its leaders out and to stay a head of the bad elements that defeat the purpose of a peaceful protest. Most of the bad stuff occurs after they marched by.

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      Sharon Stajda 14 months ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      Bryyn, It is very true Trump may not be able to fix everything he states he can. However, he offers change. The Government has been in decline long before Obama. We just need something new, and I feel one thing Trump will offer is transparency. It's time we find out just what is going on in Washington, and with Trump's personality I think we would ....

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      Tommy 14 months ago from Colorado.

      Both sides have hate issues. The difference is the right is called out on it. The left on the other hand is not, or they are defended by the media for some made up reason. I share the frustration but the answer to hate is rarely more hate. And some of Trumps reactions has only made the situation worst.

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      Carrie Peterson 14 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO

      You are making one crucial mistake: You assume that if people are against Trump, that automatically assumes they are for Hillary/Bernie. This is incorrect. I have 5500 friends on Facebook and can say with great confidence that I have ONE Hillary supporter and one that kind of half-heartedly supports her. Out of 5500 people, that is basically 1.5 people. People support Sanders, but most people are wary of him, mostly because he is challenging many poisoned institutions that need to be destroyed.

      You know that paying people to agitate is a thing, right? That is what is most likely happening at these protests, although I can't disregard the fact that the American people are angry right now, and rightly so.

      And Trump ain't gonna fix nothin'.

      I get a feeling from the Trump supporters that they have every faith that he will win, and that all of the dissenters will be "dealt with," and that our society will then take many big steps back because of the perceived wrongs. It's quite troubling.

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      MikeSyrSutton 14 months ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Excellent! The lies and lousy handling of this by the police and media are making matters worse. Great piece!

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      Sharon Stajda 14 months ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      Mayor Sam Liccardo is a coward of the worst kind! He has no respect for the police that were out there on the line to protect the citizens that came to hear Trump. He should have given orders to uphold the law. Instead he chose to be politically correct, and let his officers be spit at, and try to contain a violent law breaking crowd with one hand tied behind their backs. He is discussing !!!