For some, civility has gone the way of the dodo bird.
At the University of California at Santa Cruz, two worldchangers attacked a College Republicans information tent, tearing up stuff and spitting on the American flag.
Purportedly, according to one of the revolutionaries in the video, that red, white, and blue thing is a symbol of “white supremacy.”
Watch the national conversation here — what happens when you’re so enlightened, you destroy people’s personal property with a smile? (Language Warning):
Leftist attacks College Republicans tabling for free speech @ucsc!
SPITS on American flag and calls it a symbol of “white supremacy”!
UC Santa Cruz still silent about this incident of political violence. Updates as story develops. pic.twitter.com/0sELEnKOQe
— Hayden Williams (@HaydenTWilliams) February 13, 2020
Does she smile because she’s smarter than the other folks, or because she doesn’t expect any repercussions? Or both?
Twitter saw its share of response:
This is exactly what Maxine Waters wanted to happen
— Shaken (@ShakenAunt52) February 14, 2020
Leftists are Terrorists.
— 🦅Roger Rowsdower✝️ (@RRowsdower) February 13, 2020
If the US Flag is a symbol of white supremacy and hates the country, that person shouldn't be living in the U.S. in the first place.
— 🇰🇷 이신화 🇨🇦 (@shinhwa1101) February 13, 2020
Hate and intolerance is alive and well on the left.
— Man-Bear-Pig (@Man_Bear_Pig3) February 13, 2020
The world is going nutz!!https://t.co/bqsH6Qibwc
— Jezabell (@jezabell_orion) February 14, 2020
@DOJPH Enforce President Trump's EO! DEFUND!
— Teri Fehl (@terifehl) February 14, 2020
Situations such as the USC assault make me wonder: Is videoing the incident rather than defending oneself an effective response? To be clear, I’m not suggesting violence would be okay. I’m only asking — was there a different and better way to react?
I applaud the Students that defended their ground in Dignity pic.twitter.com/QCTKmC8yvg
— Greg Swafford Sr.🇺🇸TRUMP🇺🇸 (@SwaffordGreg) February 14, 2020
I agree for practical purposes, but these people only respond to power. The only deterrent is fighting back.
— Garice (@Garice9) February 14, 2020
I would rather be judged than to let them walk over me like that and empower them to do more next time. It’s time to stand our ground. Doing nothing only makes you a lamb waiting for the slaughter.
— JP’s Outspoken Thoughts (@OutspokenThots) February 14, 2020
RedState’s venerable streiff has thoughts:
Just an observation, if you let them do that to you, you deserve our pity and scorn, not our sympathy
— streiff (@streiffredstate) February 14, 2020
College Republicans UC Santa Cruz President Dylan Temple spoke to the Post Millennial, and here’s what PM had to say:
The Post Millennial can report that one of the assailants who destroyed a College Republicans booth and assaulted a tabler at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been identified as 23-year-old queer activist, Martina Martin, who also uses the name Artimus Martin.”
It also detailed the incident:
On Feb. 7, Martin and another young woman were filmed vandalizing the booth at Quarry Plaza on the UCSC campus. Martin, who uses “they” and “them” pronouns, can be seen taking the lead on the attack by trying to forcibly yank a “Trump 2020” flag from Hayden Williams, who was tabling at the booth and was scheduled as a guest speaker later that day.
“This is a flag of white supremacy,” Martin says in the video, which has since gone viral after being uploaded this week. As the two tussle over the flag, chairs and items are knocked over before Martin shoves Williams to the ground. Martin then tears down the booth’s banner and spits on the Betsy Ross flag before fleeing from the scene with the accomplice, who had torn up a sign.
The video does not show what happened before the vandalism began but Dylan Temple, president of College Republicans at UCSC, says the incident started when Martin tried to steal a flag. He says the incident was immediately reported to campus police.
It reminds me of what happened at UC Berkeley, almost exactly one year ago today (again, beware the language):
My friend, Hayden, wants to thank all of you for the love and support. He’s giving you a wink, and wanted to let you know you’ll be hearing from him soon! pic.twitter.com/6kPmFZgQgz
— Bradley Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019
Not long ago, a mantra on the Left side of the aisle was, “Tolerance.” I’m not suggesting that word was ever much adhered to in terms of diversity of ideas, but these days, disagreement can be downright brutal.
How do we stop this? From any and all sides?
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