There are cool-headed, reasonable liberals and conservatives out there (if those terms even apply anymore in a globalism/nationalism world). Then you've got the rabid folks—the ones who can't control their mouths or their actions. With Donald Trump's electoral victory and ascension to the presidency (we're barely two weeks into the Trumpian Era), it's the liberal side that's been embarrassing itself this time with one long, drawn-out, nationwide tantrum involving riots and the destruction of property. Latest case in point: Berkeley University, where gay rightie Milo Yiannopoulos had been scheduled to speak.
'No borders, no nations, fuck deportations!'
Student protesters upset over a speech by writer Milo Yiannopoulos are setting fires and destroying property at Berkeley University Wednesday night.
Shouting "Shut It Down," the protesters are removing barricades, toppling a light pole, and throwing projectiles -- including fences and firebombs -- at the building where the speech is being held.
Here, protesters are trying to firebomb the building where the speech was scheduled to be held: [PICTURE]
9:15 PM ET update: The event has been canceled. Police are attempting to disperse the crowd.
9:30 PM update: Police have given the protesters 10 minutes to disperse or face arrest.
9:45 PM UPDATE: Milo Yiannopoulos just called in to Fox News's Tucker Carlson show. Here's a clip, in which he says "the left cannot tolerate anyone ... who does not subscribe to their own crazy views."
10:25 PM UPDATE: Protesters are leaving campus en route for the town of Berkeley, chanting along the way, "No borders, no nations! Fuck deportations!"
10:39 PM UPDATE: After a female Trump supporter concludes an interview with a local reporter, anti-Milo protesters pepper-spray her.
As Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has noted (here and here, for example): "You want more Trump? Because this is how you get more Trump."
I'm trying to recall similar mass rioting and destruction perpetrated by angry righties in 2009, after Obama was elected. In searching online, I found this blog post, which lists a slew of rightie-perpetrated crimes in the wake of Obama's election—late 2008 and early 2009. Makes for interesting reading, as do some of the comments in response to that post. My impression is that the post in question lists many small, isolated incidents whereas what's happening now involves huge crowds of people, not just the marginals. But I don't know: I haven't taken a serious tally. Maybe my impression is wrong; maybe I'm misremembering; I've been mistaken many times before. And then there's the meta-question about which is better: unfocused mass hysteria/hatred or focused violence and mayhem in isolated pockets.
Scott Adams darkly notes that rampaging lefties are in danger of engendering a self-fulfilling prophecy. The longer the tantrum goes on, the more likely the crybabies will get the draconian, rights-depriving treatment they've been screaming about all along.