Nearly daily now, we are seeing incidents that underscore why I left the Republican Party quite a few years ago. Things that would never have been accepted are being normalized by the GOP and its toxic standard bearer, Donald Trump. A piece in Salon ask the question, what's wrong with Janesville, Wisconsin? No, not because the place has repeatedly elected Paul Ryan to Congress, the same Paul Ryan who wears his Catholicism on his sleeve while pushing policies that are the antithesis of Catholic social justice teachings, but because a 15 year old girl was pepper sprayed and called a "nigger lover" by white male Donald Trump supporters at a Trump rally. Navel contemplating pundits and GOP demagogues continue to whine about Hillary Clinton's statement about half of Trump's supporters being a "basket of deplorables,"yet every day we see examples to confirm that Clinton was correct. The situation looked at in Salon was all caught on video, so try as they might, the Trump apologists cannot try to claim it never happened. Here are article highlights:
Police in Janesville, Wisconsin, are searching for two Donald Trump rally attendees who a 15-year-old anti-Trump protester outside the Republican presidential frontrunner’s rally on Tuesday. Video of the incident shows other apparent Trump supporters shouting “bitch” and “nigger lover” to the teenager as she attempts to walk away with pepper spray in her eyes.
“Damn, Donald, back at it again with the white supremacy,” read 15-year-old Alex Drake’s protest sign, according to video that captured the incident. As another protester raised a sign that read, “Black Lives Matter,” the crowd of mostly older white Trump supporters began chanting “All lives matter,” attempting to drown out the Janesville teenager.
Law enforcement in Janesville, home of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, said that “a male in the crowd groped the 15 year girl, when she pushed him away; another person in the crowd sprayed her.” . . . . Another video shows one Trump supporter yelling to “get that bitch out of here,” after the teenage girl stumbles from being pepper sprayed. . . . “Goddamn communist, nigger lover! Get out of here,” another Trump supporter can be heard shouting.
Inside, the Trump rally was hardly more civil. Speaker Ryan’s hometown when Trump merely mentioned his name — and continued to boo him to the surprise of even Trump. Ryan, of course, has been out publicly bemoaning the “ugliness” that has befallen the Republican primary, a not-so-thinly veiled jab at Trump.
Janesville Police additionally that they had to turn away two people last night who had concealed weapons, and two others who were openly carrying firearms.
Physical violence against minority protesters, the yelling of homophobic remarks, punching elderly women on oxygen, pepper spraying girls, and yelling racist remarks - all normal among Trump supporters. When will these folks start killing opponents? Be very, very afraid.