Debra J. Saunders: Civics lesson needed in San Jose

From columnist Debra J. Saunders: 

“My nose is broken. I have bruises and scratches all over. I got knocked in the head a lot,” San Jose’s Juan Hernandez, 38, told me. He suffered a mild concussion. That’s the price Hernandez paid for attending the infamous Donald Trump rally in San Jose last week at which protesters were seen burning flags and Trump hats, pelting a supporter with an egg and mobbing people who were doing what civics teachers tell students citizens are supposed to do. For his trouble, Hernandez was called names, beaten and bloodied. For dessert, he got to hear politicians suggest it was the fault of his candidate that thugs beat him up. When liberals are on the receiving end, this is known as blaming the victim.

It’s time for Democrats to stop blaming Trump when left-wing activists pummel his supporters. Liccardo denied that he blames The Donald, even as he offered up his “underlying concern” that Trump’s “divisive rhetoric will encourage thugs.” Clinton likewise faulted Trump for “inciting violence.” Bunk.

Trump is responsible for making pro-illegal immigration activists and others angry, but he is not responsible if they choose to intimidate, even beat up, his supporters.

When you call Democrats on their absolution for thugs, they dutifully protest that they do not approve of violence. I don’t think they’re angry with left-wing activists for throwing punches. Methinks their real objection is, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times, violent protest is “a tactical mistake.”

Debra J. Saunders is a columnist for Creators Syndicate.

This is the face of the fascist left.