No one ever expected a peaceful, amicable campaign with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the contenders for the presidency. And they did not disappoint. We have been through a campaign and election that was historic in so many ways that we can be quite sure political analysts and historians will still be discussing it 100 years from now.
What has been a bit surprising, and very disappointing, is the amount of hostility and even violence that Trump opponents have displayed in the run up to his inauguration. We refer to these folks as Trump opponents as opposed to Hillary supporters because it was clear that not everyone opposing Trump was a fan of Hillary. That’s part of the reason she lost.
Yet the violent protests and hostile words are a credit to no one. Peaceful protests and vigorous debates are vital parts of our republic, but much of this has gotten out of hand. And what is going on at the universities is disgraceful. The very idea that college students need places to mourn Trump’s victory should be an utter embarrassment to those students and the faculty members who promote such nonsense. And we now learn that none of this is over yet.
An example of the sort of thinking going on in the minds of the student protestors was illustrated during an interview that Tucker Carlson of Fox News had with a student at the University of Chicago with the last name of Bittle who is organizing these protests. Part of the interview went like this:
BITTLE: Now, we are faced with a real crisis with the election of term. We must take real action, the Ivy League translation of the vulgar give Trump a chance. Real action, human, donating money to the ACLU, to Standing Rock, Planned Parenthood, call your representatives, protest, flipping cars when Trump walks away from the Paris Climate Agreement, attacking racists, attacking people in the supermarket, whatever it takes.
CARLSON: I have a bunch of questions. The first is, whose cars are you going to flip?
You can watch the full interview below:
Bittle might think he is being clever with his words, but they betray a smugness and immaturity that bring no credit to those who might oppose Mr. Trump’s policies. Mr. Carlson’s question regarding flipping people’s cars was brilliant, and should have brought Mr. Bittle down from his pedestal and forced him to deal with reality.
To the extent that Bittle is a leader at the University of Chicago and probably has a following demonstrates just how block-headed otherwise intelligent people can be. For all of his efforts to generate hostile words and actions, humanity does have a couple of things going for it in Bittle’s case: For one thing, students will need to attend to matters such as writing papers and taking exams which should take up some of their time. And without some new provocation, many of his followers will probably just lose interest.
And Bittle is in Chicago and this is January. One should question whether these delicate “snowflakes” have the fortitude to protest when the temperature is zero and the wind blowing at 20 miles per hour. Going about the routine of being a college student might seem more appealing under those circumstances.
Source: Louder with Crowder