Violence And Intimidation Against Republicans Are Becoming The New Normal

Violence and intimidation against Republicans are quickly becoming the new normal in an increasingly tense political climate.

In one of the most recent incidents, police in Tennessee charged a woman with felony reckless endangerment on Thursday for allegedly trying to run Republican Congressman David Kustoff off the road after a town hall. The woman, Wendi Wright, was reportedly enraged over Kustoff’s support for the American Health Care Act and screamed at the congressman and his aide, striking his car windows and reaching inside the vehicle.

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  • Tom Forsythe

    I suspect the Internet is driving a lot of this. People were a lot less obsessed with politics when you got ten minutes of hard news, per day, and it was worded in a fairly bland manner. You would have pockets of agitation on university campuses and the odd union hall, but that was about it.

    Now, anyone can get a steady diet of militant rhetoric without even having to put your pants on, let alone go to a meeting. That means a lot of marginal personalities having their anger stoked, constantly. They really believe that they are fighting Nazis.

    Who knows what the solution is, if there is one.

    Note: I am wearing pants.

  • tom_billesley

    There’s Republicans and then there’s Republicans.

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie refuses to ban child marriage because ‘it would conflict with religious customs’
    ‘An exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities’
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-jersey-chris-christie-child-marriage-ban-fails-religious-custom-a7735616.html

    • simus1

      Christie has always been tight wit Joisie musloons.
      Very civic minded people who ask not what etc, etc etc.

      • A Hamilton Guy

        It sure is a MUG!

  • UCSPanther

    I was reading up on John Brown and his disastrous raid on the Harper’s Ferry Armory, and it is clear that while he is considered a hero and his cause was just, historians generally regard him as a well-intentioned extremist.

    Overall, the raid itself was a complete disaster from the get-go. Brown tried to get abolitionist Frederick Douglass (A former slave) to join him in the raid, but Douglass wisely declined, warning that the assault on a federal military installation was suicide and would cause the country to turn on their movement.

    Brown’s gang was able to seize the armory due to its lack of security, and in response, the government sent the USMC to to retake it. The battle ended with ten of Brown’s men (Two of his sons were amongst those slain) and one USMC KIA. Brown himself was corned by First Lieutenant Israel Greene, clubbed and seized. The counter-raid was overseen by the famous Robert E. Lee (Then a Colonel).

    In the end, Brown was tried and found guilty for treason and murder, and executed.

    Political violence between radical abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates could be considered one of the forewarnings of the US civil war. It was not long before the two sides were swapping lead and drawing blood before the first shot of the Civil War was even fired. Brown and his gang were very much active in this political landscape of violence, and I fear that we will see the same thing with the ANTIFA idiots and elements of the so-called “far right”.

    Unlike the Abolitionists and Pro-slavery radicals of old, these new troublemakers have no worthy cause to scrap over and are merely looking for an excuse to LARP with live ammo. History will not look fondly upon either side in this coming conflict.

    Note: The “far right” or “alt-right” in many ways resembles ANTIFA in various ways. Like ANTIFA, many of their members are deeply narcissistic, willfully ignorant of history (Whaddaya mean there’s no difference between a tankie and neo-nazi?!), never had to experience real live warfare, seem to think that playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare makes them experts on gunplay, have a mindless hatred of those who they even suspect of opposing them and play the victim when they suffer retaliation for their actions.

  • Hard Little Machine

    There will be a ‘prominent’ progressive who’s a suicide bomber in the US soon. It will be someone many of us have heard of.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      But, but, McVeigh.

  • Barrington Minge

    I detect a major lack of brain cells here