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Fanatics For Trump

Well, this will certainly help Trump’s cause:

Trump protesters were blocking vehicles leading into Fountain Hills in advance of Donald Trump’s campaign stop Saturday morning.

Protesters were chanting, “Donald Trump, shut it down, Phoenix is the people’s town.”

Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies were seen directing tow trucks to start hauling the violators away.

Idiots. They are only making Trump stronger.

In other Trump-related news today, read this from super-conservative radio host Erick Erickson, about how he’s had to hire security to protect his family from Trump supporters:

Last night, as my family went to bed, a man in a car parked just down our driveway. He and his coworker roaming the neighborhood are the security now part of my life. It is the age of Trump.

In 2011 and 2012, I actively campaigned against Mitt Romney. In November of 2011, I had written that Romney would lose to Obama and conservatives would get blamed. That happened. He was a terrible candidate. But Romney supporters, despite vigorous disagreement, were not hurling threats my way or toward my family. They were not calling advertisers to my radio station making threats.

In fact, the only time I have ever experienced what is now happening is from far left activists outraged over my position on gay marriage. Those radical gay rights activists have appeared once or twice in my neighborhood. They have hounded advertisers and made threats. I’ve even once been swatted.

But even these radical activists were not as aggrieved or angry as Trump supporters. The new reality in which my family and I live is that of going to bed at night with security parked at the end of the driveway and our movements more regulated for our own protection.

In the Age of Trump, the worst and basest instincts of humanity are on display. Like the Islamic radicals they rail against, Trump supporters have adopted a “convert or die” attitude. They will not persuade you to the merits of Trump. They will not defend Trump. They will harass you, censor you, wish for your death, and threaten to kill you if you do not convert.

Read the whole thing — and listen to the audio clips of fanatics who left voice mail messages hoping that Erickson dies or is murdered.

The only time I had to have off-duty police officers (provided by my newspaper, to which I will be eternally grateful) came when a gay rights fanatic attacked my home. It’s terrifying. This is one reason I hate it when pro-life protesters demonstrate outside of abortion doctors’ houses. If people cannot feel safe in their own home, nobody is safe anywhere. Activists who believe that their cause is more important than observing the basic rules that govern civilized behavior are a cancer. Many gay rights activists think their cause absolves them of any behavior — and that attitude has to some degree been institutionalized by sympathizers. Reading Erickson’s tale about how he and his family are being threatened by Trump fanatics is a warning sign.

Social Justice Warriors are too. Weimar America. Life is a cabaret, old chum.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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