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Trump Thuggery

Look, I don’t feel sorry for people who try to disrupt Trump rallies and then find themselves escorted out by cops. I would expect that to happen to anyone who tried to disrupt a political rally and keep the speaker from speaking, and the audience from hearing.

But what happened at the Trump rally in North Carolina last night is incredibly disturbing:

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The alleged sucker-puncher, a 78 year old man, was later arrested and charged.

You have probably heard about Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly manhandling a female journalist for Breitbart — which would not stand up for her.

If Trump becomes president, we are all going to look back on Nixon as a gentle soul. The story goes that stone-cold Nixon enforcer G. Gordon Liddy used to shock party guests by holding his hand firmly over a candle flame without flinching. “What’s the trick?” the shocked guests would ask. Said Liddy, “The trick is, I don’t care.”

With Trump and violence, the trick is, he doesn’t care. It helps his image. Tough guy.

UPDATE: On the other hand, this does have a certain logic. While college administrators and other authority figures fall to pieces over microaggressions, Trump’s people commit actual aggressions, and he doesn’t give a rip.

UPDATE.2: The old coot who socked the protester told Inside Edition, “The next time, we might have to kill him.” Throw the book at that cretin.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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