If you’ve turned on a television in the last couple of days, you’ve heard the story. Every news outlet in the country has covered the disturbing incident from every conceivable angle. Presidential candidates and celebrities have weighed in, and Americans all over the country have characterized the story as a distressing look at how the media’s irresponsible portrayal of the Donald Trump campaign is causing his detractors to resort to violence.
On March 8, a Georgia Trump supporter named David Grant was peacefully sitting outside his home in Dalton when trouble came calling. According to Grant, a trio of Hispanic young men walked up to his yard and took exception to the Trump sign in his grass. “Three Hispanic males grabbed it up, wadded it up, threw it down the road,” Grant said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Grant told the men to put the sign back up, leading to a confrontation that quickly took a turn for the worse.
“He pulls his gun out of his waistband and started it pointing at me,” Grant said. “I said, ‘If you got the balls to pull your gun, shoot it!’”
Thanks to a brave neighbor, the situation was defused before violence could ensue. The Hispanics fled the scene, but they were subsequently arrested and charged with Georgia’s Criminal Street Gang Act violations and many other charges.
In the wake of the incident, many anti-Trump websites have been forced to do some soul-searching. The editor of Salon.com released a statement vowing to tone down the site’s liberal rhetoric, fearing that eight months of calling Trump a racist xenophobe might be leading to unintended consequences. The Huffington Post and the New York Daily News released similar statements.
As you have probably guessed, none of that happened. The Georgia story has, in fact, been virtually ignored by the media.
They’re too busy covering what happened at a Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday, where a 78-year-old attendee punched a protester as cops were leading him out of the arena. As the aforementioned Daily News put it:
The sickening caught-on-camera attack — yet another example of protesters and media members being manhandled at Trump rallies — went down as cops were ejecting 26-year-old Rakeem Jones from the event full of rabid loyalists to the blowhard billionaire.
“Count me among those who are truly distraught and even appalled by a lot of what I see going on, what I hear being said,” Hillary Clinton said of the incident. “You know, you don’t make America great by, you know, dumping on everything that made America great, like freedom of speech and assembly and, you know, the right of people to protest. As the campaign goes further, more and more Americans are going to be really disturbed by the kind of campaign he’s running.”
Oh, they certainly will, especially if they get their information from the liberal media, which has gone to great lengths to make a connection between one man’s independent, violent idiocy and the Trump campaign. This is the same media, by the way, that has said it is bigoted to blame Islam for Islamic terrorism. Racist to hold the Black Lives Matter movement responsible for a “handful” of violent agitators. Oh, but if some psycho shoots up an abortion clinic, it’s the fault of the entire Republican Party.
Trump, a master of keeping his name in the news, gives his detractors plenty of material to work with. But his critics, increasingly frustrated with the impotence of their attacks, have overblown the “threat” he represents to such an extraordinary degree that it’s beginning to sound silly. Plenty of Americans dislike Trump for plenty of reasons, but who honestly believes he’s comparable to Hitler? Their arguments would have a bit more resonance if they were rooted in some kind of reality.
By all means, though, keep doing your thing, elites. The expiration date on your relevance grows nearer every day.