Left-wing extremism continues to be coopted by the mainstream. The mainstream left has a long history of condoning and (more secretively) celebrating left-wing extremism. As the American left continues to struggle to find a way of dealing with President Trump’s success, their desperation mixed with their sense of moral superiority is proving to be combustible. And the veil over the mainstream’s own extremism is beginning to slip.
Dutch research twenty years ago already concluded:
The establishment has a degree of sympathy for the ideals of radical left-wing groups. (…) Left-wing groups are entangled in a permanent family feud over their methods, but with the realization that they operate from similar grounds. That is different for the far right. The ideology of the far right does not have the recognition of any political party as common ground. The far right has remained isolated since the Second World War.
Aside from an onslaught of violence against Trump supporters over the past two years (which saw little condemnation from the political and media establishment), there have been several high-profile attacks against GOP representatives, like the Steve Scalise shooting and the attack against Rand Paul. A man was arrested on the campaign trail on the suspicion of wanting to assassinate Donald Trump and authorities are looking for a Pittsburgh man right now who has made credible threats of wanting to kill the President. At the same time, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was harrassed while out to dinner and later at her own home. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was refused service at the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia. And left-wing protesters attacked an immigrant detainment center in Texas this week, leaving one border patrol agent badly injured.
For decades the left has been pushing the limits of acceptable forms of protest. They are able to do so, because the establishment covers for the radicals who are crossing the unspoken lines and choosing forms of confrontation that would be unthinkable the other way around. The left’s current campaign is aimed at making Trump supporters feel unsafe and turn them into second-rate citizens. It does not take a stretch of the imagination to expect this to get further out of hand and result in more acts of actual physical violence against (presumed) right-wingers, but the threats alone amount to blatant domestic terrorism.
There is no sign of an end to this spiral of violence – instead the mainstream left remains true to form by inciting further acts of ‘protest’, while they must be aware of the harrassment and violence they are inviting in the process.
Donny Deutsch went unchallenged on MSNBC when he called for the left to ‘start going after [President Trump’s] supporters’ and compared them to nazis. And now Maxine Waters, an elected government official, rallied her followers to ‘push back’ against members of the Trump administration and let them know they are “not welcome anymore anywhere”:
If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.
Maxine Waters calls for attacks on Trump administration: "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere." pic.twitter.com/jMV7wk48wM
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) June 24, 2018
If this were the other way around, the entire establishment would have been looking at right-wing leadership to denounce the actions of a restaurant owner in ejecting a member of the presidential administration for political reasons. And right-wing leadership (well, previous right-wing leadership) would have done just that. Not the left. They defend the unacceptable and even double down on it. While Maxine Waters celebrated political discrimination, her speech in turn is being defended by the mainstream. The left has crafted a reputation for itself of being the side of love, tolerance and ‘generally being sweet to everyone’, but they have a ruthless dedication to their ideology. It is fair to assume that they will stop at nothing to achieve their goals so breaking up their power structure is quickly becoming an absolute condition for survival for the right.
The only other option may be, as Jesse Kelly put it, a divorce:
This idea of breaking up the country may seem a bit outlandish now, but you won’t think so once real domestic unrest comes to your town. Our political disagreements have become a powder keg, one that already would have blown if conservatives had liberals’ emotional instability.
Update 26 June 2018:
I can already add what Hamilton Nolan wrote on SplinterNews.com:
Do these sound like the words of a "journalist" or a "terrorist"? pic.twitter.com/0ljIiQCrs5
— Far Left Watch (@FarLeftWatch) June 26, 2018
The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombingsper year in the early 1970s. This is what happens when citizens decide en masse that their political system is corrupt, racist, and unresponsive. The people out of power have only just begun to flex their dissatisfaction. The day will come, sooner that you all think, when Trump administration officials will look back fondly on the time when all they had to worry about was getting hollered at at a Mexican restaurant.
And I can add that a Democratic Party volunteer has threatened to kill GOP Congressman Brian Mast’s children. But I am not seeing any demands at the address of the DNC to denounce this volunteer, or their extremist rhetoric.
The list could get a lot longer, but for now I will stick with adding Ashley Nicole Black, a writer for the Samantha Bee show:
Oh hello. I didn’t see you there! Civility is a tool of white supremacy. Ok, cool. Byeeeeee!
— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) June 25, 2018
Civility is a tool of white supremacy. Ok, cool. Byeeeeee!
The left has flown so far off the rails that they are now justifying doing everything they’re not supposed to do by declaring that the right thing is ‘racism’.
Update 15 September 2018:
Democrat senator Chris Coons (Delaware) calls the harrasment of Republican officials “well-justified passion”.