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:
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.