Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump's Rights End at the Next Guy's Nose

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump's Rights End at the Next Guy's Nose

Article excerpt

Although I find little, if any, redeeming qualities in Donald Trump, I have to admit that initially I was ambivalent about protesters disrupting and shutting down his rallies. On the one hand, political candidates should have the right to share their political ideology and agenda without being effectively censored by the opposition. Donald Trump has every right to preach that Americans' wages are too high, that immigration from south of the border is harming our economy and ruining the nation, and that he believes Muslims should not have a right to visit or live in this country, and that they should be required to wear ID badges analogous to the yellow stars that identified Jews in Nazi Germany. He even has the right to use personal pejoratives to describe women he finds unattractive, and to assure the country that certain parts of his anatomy are quite impressive.

The right of political speech ends, though, when the speaker incites his faithful to violence against others. Although "The Donald repeatedly has insisted otherwise, the video evidence and eyewitness accounts prove that he is a pathological liar. And, not only has he moved his mob to violence against peaceful, silent protesters, his own security forces have attacked and beaten members of the press, peaceful protesters, and those whose only guilt is being black or brown at a Trump rally. Although these attacks were sometimes within just a few feet and in plain sight of Mr. Trump, he either continues to deny they ever happened, or he insists the violence was committed in self-defense or in retaliation for some undeniably fictional attack by the protesters.

In January, Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old Muslim flight attendant was accosted by the crowd, accused of having a bomb, threatened and ejected from the venue after standing silently at a Trump rally.

In February, Time Magazine photographer Christopher Morris was choked and slammed to the ground because he stepped one foot out of the press corral after Trumps tirade against the media.

In March, conservative reporter Michelle Fields was forcefully grabbed by the arm and thrown to the ground by Trump's campaign manager within two feet of Trump. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.