A Trump supporter is dead in Portland. There is allegedly video showing left-wing protesters dancing and cheering over that person’s death. To hear it from people on the left, you’d think that Trump supporter was threatening to kill every man, woman, and child in Portland in the name of Donald J. Trump.
A young man is facing charges in Wisconsin after killing three people in self-defense. He should not have been in Kenosha, and every adult in his life should have known better than to let him go there. But, while he was there, he was pursued by a mob, shot others in self-defense, and is facing a very far-reaching series of charges for it. To hear others tell the story, the young man went there with the intent to kill peaceful progressive activists.
Portland is literally on fire and has been for almost 100 days. The violence is escalating. In Los Angeles, Trump supporters were shot at. But the reaction to each and every one of these instances is that Donald Trump has incited this. Somehow, this is all Trump’s fault.
Going all the way back to where these protests began, it is somehow Trump’s fault that a police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, leading to his death. It is somehow Trump’s fault that Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down by two men and protected by law enforcement in Georgia. It is somehow Trump’s fault that violence is escalating in cities historically run by Democrats.
It is Trump’s fault that Antifa activists – largely spoiled white children who have no clue what the hell they’re actually fighting for – are burning American cities to the ground while Democratic mayors and governors do nothing.
Only now, with Joe Biden’s polling advantage dwindling in the face of this chaos, do any Democrats seem to want to acknowledge that there is a violence problem. But, naturally, they want to blame it on Trump, who has been their go-to for everything that has gone wrong since 2016.
Let’s be clear, now: We did just get through eight years of “Thanks, Obama!” every time someone stubbed their toe. But the level to which the left has elevated the game has been nothing short of impressive and yet obsessive. Since the very beginning, they have clung to their belief that Trump was an illegitimate president, using whatever theory they could to justify it. Through countless investigations, there has been nothing of any substantive value to justify those theories.
There was a whole impeachment effort that no one talks about now because it blew up so fantastically in the Democrats’ faces. Time and again, they have done everything they can, right down to fact-checking his breathing, and have determined that every little thing he says or does is somehow incorrect or invalid because they learned in high school how to use rhetorical devices.
And so, even if you could somehow put together a valid case that Trump has been the one to incite all this violence, you can’t convince anyone at this point because you’ve cried wolf hundreds of times before.
And the Democrats’ chosen candidate to oppose Trump? He spent the evening blaming the victim of a murder in Portland for inciting the violence that got him killed. That is not presidential, no more than the majority of the Twitter rampages Trump goes on makes him presidential. It’s a shameful act of partisanship that fails to address what is really happening.
The Democrats have lost control of their base.
American cities are literally on fire as progressive activists go far beyond simply protesting police brutality. While the fight to make black lives matter during the day has been relatively peaceful, it is the Antifa and the activists behind the BLM organization who continue to push things too far, to call for extreme measures well beyond the goal of simply forcing America to recognize that all lives do matter.
These people are no more a significant portion of the Democrats’ base than white supremacists are Trumps’. But the problem for Democrats is that their politicians and their allies in the media have been heaping so much praise and coverage on these protests that as America has started to conflate the peaceful protests with the violent domestic terrorism, the American people are also starting to conflate it all with the Democratic Party, which has done nothing substantive to combat this within their own ranks.
Biden and the Democrats have no idea how to handle this, and even if they did, it’s pretty obvious by now that they can’t. Biden and Harris were not even close to these activists’ top picks. The entire Democratic Party, they believe, is just as corrupt and inept as the Republicans. They don’t have enough respect for them to stop just because Biden, Harris, Pelosi, or any other top Democrats tell them to.
If anyone is responsible for this chaos, it is the Democratic Party. And it most definitely isn’t Trump.