By Thomas Lifson
What’s a good progressive to do? Two articles of the progressive faith are in conflict in the latest incident of “violence at a
Trump rally.” Yesterday afternoon in a Tucson Trump rally, a protestor wore a KKK hood, and encountered an African American Trump supporter who was not amused, and who proceeded to stomp on him and get arrested.
Now, while it always true (to the prog faithful) that when leftists use violence against a Trump rally it is Trump’s fault, there is also the strong belief that ordinary rules of conduct do not apply to black people reacting to either the n-word or the KKK.
The easy and obvious solution is to simply report that “a protestor was assaulted at a Trump rally” and leave out any further details. But as the video shows, the black man who stomped on the protestor was arrested, and presumably will face a trial.
Here we run into another media anti-Trump belief: that paying for the defense of a Trump supporter who engaged in violence is evidence of Hitlerian tendencies.
So, what if Trump offers to pay for his defense? What if Trump even shows up at the hearing?
The fact is that most Americans of any political tendency recognize that employing the KKK costume is a provocative act, the equivalent of fighting words. And the fact that an African American Trump supporter even exists contradicts all those memes being propagated by the anti-Trump media.