Presidential Inaugurations are a proud part of American democratic traditions. President Donald Trump's historic oath-taking as the 45th U.S. President is made all the more extraordinary given all the hurdles and challenges he had to win and overcome to get to the White House, and for the right and privilege to serve the American people. All Americans also have the right to be in the streets of Washington or anywhere else in the U.S. to show their support for the new president and celebrate with him. Protesters are just as free to air their sentiments and express their disagreement with President Trump- for such is the beauty of a working democracy. But apparently, some protestors abused that freedom and took things too far.
Prominent alt-right leader and activist Richard Spencer showed up in Washington with similarly-minded individuals to demonstrate their support anew for President Trump. They have every right to be there, after all they helped elect the new Chief Executive of America. Unfortunately, it turned out many of them were not safe from the unwarranted, unprovoked and violent attacks of out-of-control and dangerous protesters.
Spencer was just speaking in an interview with ABC News Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel when a demonstrator struck him across the face. Spencer just kept talking when he was hit again in the ear. Witnesses said the attacker was wearing a mask when the assault on Spencer was carried out on the corner of 14th and K Street, at around 2:30 p.m. The attack was captured on video in photos.
Spencer later took to Twitter to share the incident and said that he could take a punch. His succeeding tweets after that were more biting. He said that if law enforcement cannot protect them from antifa assaults, they will begin protecting themselves. Spencer also tweeted a message to call on President Trump to do something about the assaults his group suffered at the rallies. The alt-right leading activist also acknowledged in another tweet that his only mistake was giving an interview to someone on a public street while animals tore through D.C.
Supporters and followers of Spencer aired their condemnation of the assaults on Twitter. One Spencer follower said he hoped the assailant will go to prison, while another reminded everyone that they have the police, military and law abiding gun owners on their side. D.C. police said that more than 200 protesters were arrested and charged with rioting.
Spencer's supporters have also posted a photo of the attacker on Twitter and on 8ch.net, where someone called on the members to start doxing the guy who hit Spencer in a fight back mode.
It is sad that anti-Trump protesters who are proud card-carrying members of the so-called political correctness club of Obama, Hillary, Democrats and who have always disparagingly described President Trump as racist and sexist are the real perpetrators of violence, ugliness and hatred in what is supposed to be a proud day for America and for all Americans.
I pray the 2 assailants both get 10 years in prison.