PROTESTERS CLASH WITH COPS AT CALIFORNIA TRUMP RALLY: Hundreds of Mexican flag-waving demonstrators smash up a squad car, punch a Donald supporter and scuffle with riot police amid angry scenes.
At the American Conservative, Rod Dreher writes:
When a guy running for president can’t speak to his supporters without opponents staging a near-riot outside, throwing rocks at passing motorists and vandalizing police cars, it makes you wonder if he doesn’t have a point about how the country is going downhill. Remember how protesters in Chicago back in March shut down a Trump rally before it got started? We cannot have a country where violent mobs no-platform political candidates. Period.
Meanwhile, Hot Air’s Larry O’Connor notes how the story is being reported by the American press: “This was not a ‘protest,’ this was a riot. But, you’ll barely hear the media describing it that way.”
Read the whole thing, which quotes from L.A. Times and Washington Post reporters (read: Democrat activists with bylines) at their most Orwellian.
the peaceful & tolerant left protesting trump!
mainstream media isn’t showing! sad! pic.twitter.com/eo9nRia23g
— Baked Alaska (@bakedalaska) April 29, 2016
UPDATE: “From bikers to truckers, pro-Trump groups plan forceful presence in Cleveland,” a Reuters headline states today. One man’s riot is another man’s “forceful presence,” to paraphrase Reuters’ then-global news editor Stephen Jukes immediately after 9/11.
ANOTHER UPDATE: “Boisterous.”
MORE: “Dissatisfied Citizens.”