Ok, Trump supporters. You knew you were naughty, but now George Mason University professor David Alpher says you’re worse than ISIS and al-Qaeda. More dangerous too. In a lengthy screed on the Leftist website Raw Story, Alpher sets out to prove that Republicans generally and Donald Trump specifically are a threat to the country. Do you believe the Constitution as written should be the law of the land? Well, that’s just code for racism and a pretext for violence.
We could rewrite Lane’s and McVeigh’s words alike using Trump’s birther argument or Ted Cruz’s accusation of elites without significantly changing the meaning. Indeed, although the United States remains fixed on foreign groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida when it defines terrorism, domestic violence already poses an equal or even greater threat.
He casually associates Donald Trump with Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 and David Lane, founder of the white supremacist group The Order. Because, you know, obviously they are all the same. Leftist logic goes like this: Conservatives are racists. (How do they know? Well, they just know.) White supremacists are racists therefore white supremacists must be conservative. Donald Trump is a conservative therefore Donald Trump is a racist and must be the same as a white supremacist. What proof do they have that conservatives are racists? White supremacists are racists and according to liberal logic, white supremacists are conservatives. You may have noticed quite a bit of circular logic – if you can call it logic at all. It doesn’t make sense and it’s not meant to.
It’s also worth noting that though the Left likes to call McVeigh a right-wing, Christian extremist he was in fact an atheist with a warm spot in his heart for national socialism. Most white power groups do too. Oops. McVeigh famously said, “Science is my religion.” Note to Leftists, national socialists aren’t right wingers. Hint: They’re socialists.
It’s worth noting that the title of Alpher’s piece is, “Domestic Terrorists Are A Much Bigger Risk Than Foreign Terrorists In America.” Of course he’s not talking about the San Bernardino shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik or the Boston Marathon bomers, Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Nor is he talking about the Ft. Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan – that was just workplace violence the Obama Administration assured us. He’s not talking about the 2015 shooting at a military recruiting center by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left 5 dead. He’s talking about Republicans. And he’s really talking about Trump supporters.
Trump has built his candidacy on the idea that America is sick, broken and misled, and “making it great again” depends on taking it back and cutting out the cancer.
His campaign rhetoric has a common thread with that of extremists. It emphasizes betrayal and theft. It tells Americans that things are bad because of it, and then points a finger and places blame…
The blame for these rifts and the likely consequences neither begin nor end with Donald Trump. He simply used an existing trend for his own gain. His praise of violence and embrace of racism and political extremism, however, goes past even what the GOP has already made commonplace.
That’s true of terrorism and violent extremism – but because protesters and supporters alike view each other as enemies of the state and therefore legitimate targets, it also helps to explain the growing physical violence at Trump rallies.
Except that the violence at Trump rallies is being carried out by the Left. It is Leftist mobs, organized by paid operatives, that have been beating Trump supporters, destroying property, setting fires, and attacking cops. The anti-Trump protesters spew profanity at ordinary citizens trying to get to Trump speeches. They have harassed elderly veterans, pepper-sprayed little girls, even attacked a man in a wheelchair because he was a Trump supporter.
The modern Left is organized around a will to power that will brook no dissent and has been characterized by mob violence since the French Revolution. And so it continued in the risings of 1848 across Europe, the communist revolution in Russia in 1917, and the national socialist takeover of Germany in 1933 to name but a few. Street violence and Leftist politics have gone hand in hand for over 200 years – and this year we are seeing it here in the United States as we did in 1968.
Professor Alpher would be well advised to turn his critical eye on the American Left if he wants to find the source of political violence in this country. He might also be better off if he took a few minutes to look at the recent history of Islamist violence in the United States and Europe over the past 15 years. I realize it goes against the Leftist narrative, but facts are stubborn things.