Does hatred and violence reside only on the far right, as the media seems to be spinning things? Consider this personal anecdote.
Late last year I was attending a board dinner for the American Legislative Exchange Council in Pittsburgh. ALEC represents conservative state legislators around the country. The left hates ALEC because it promotes conservative reforms to state government and challenges the public-sector unions.
In the middle of our meal we were jolted by shouting, shrieking and banging. Shortly thereafter about 25 left-wing activists pushed past a security guard and stormed into the room. I don’t know if they were organized by unions or radical antifa groups.
They were mostly young, angry and thuggish. They began throwing things at us and swearing. They surrounded us in a menacing and intimidating way. I confess to having been very frightened. We were outnumbered, and they seemed unhinged.
Thankfully, the security reinforcements finally showed up, but when they tried to escort these protesters from our private dinner, they became indignant and started kicking and shoving while hissing things like: “Get away from me, you (expletive) fascist.” Of course they have a right to free speech and assembly, but not a right to trespass on private property.
During the campaign season, I attended many Donald Trump rallies across the country. It wasn’t uncommon for fights and brawls to break out when protesters showed up. In most, but not all, cases — there are nut cases on both sides — the left instigated the violence. I saw it with my own two eyes.
Now, in the wake of Charlottesville, the media and the left are preposterously accusing not just the nitwit white supremacists but also Trump, conservatives and Trump supporters of being racists and bigots. If you don’t renounce any association with Trump, you, too, are morally inferior.
So the left really…