Trump's War on Protesters and the Press
(TIME Magazine Photographer Chris Morris being ejected from Trump rally)
Donald Trump, the sun-dried rectal blister who masquerades as both a successful businessman and hopeful politician, has taken his lunacy too far... Again.
I don't generally invite comparisons to Nazis or Hitler in my writing because, frankly, I find them over-used and flaccid in most cases. Whenever someone says “These cops are Nazis, man” it just feels like the ramblings of some burnout who never tried hard enough to affect a real change in the society that shunned him. It's also pretty lazy writing.
But when you have a major presidential candidate doing to protesters and journalists what Trump is doing, it's really hard not to draw that line. I'll explain.
Trump rallies have become famous for their incredibly forceful handling of protesters throughout the country. The incidents are too numerous to list here, but I'm fairly confident that you've seen at least some footage of peaceful protesters who, in most cases, paid the price of admission to get in, being dragged from the building of their cities Trump speech. Now, I somewhat understand Trump's position here. At some point you have to remove disruptive entities so that your evergrowing flock of cousin fuckers can hear your vague and boisterous messages about keeping Pedro on his side of the border, and developing a tag-and-release program for Muslims. You can't have those “thinky types” getting in the way. But knocking people to the ground while twenty-five-trailer-parks worth of your supporters chant “Trump, Trump, Trump” and yell shit like “Light that mother fucker up!” is the antithesis of the American idea. How are you gonna “Make America great again,” while having no fucking clue what America is about? I guess that Trump skipped over the First Amendment so that he could crank one out to the Second one.
OK. On to the media.
Trump has stated, on numerous occasions, that he will strengthen libel laws toward the media if he gets elected. Like most bullies, Trump is actually a gigantic pussy. His skin is so thin when it comes to criticism, that he actually wants to change laws so that his precious little buttercup feelings don't get hurt. What would Reagan say?!
Another staple of Trump rallies is barricading journalists into a very strict pen, going so far as to tell them what portions of the room they can and can't film. Most reports say that the instructions are to film the stage, and nothing else. I like to call this the 'shooting range rule.' For those of you who may be unfamiliar, the rules at any reputable shooting range are very strict. Pretty reasonable, as shooting a gun is some dangerous business, and a serious responsibility. The main rules at the range are that you only point your gun down range at the target, and you never step out of your bay with your gun. The rest of the time your weapon needs to be unloaded and locked away. The concepts are similar. If your camera is off and stowed, then it doesn't matter where you point the carrying case. There is no threat. But when it's on, you'd better be pointing it down range. And don't you dare stray from your area.
The full realities of the Draconian nature of Trump's rules regarding the press are most evident in a story that came out on February 29th of this year. TIME Magazine photographer Chris Morris stepped 18 inches outside of the press pen to try for a better shot, and was choke slammed by a member of the SS (Secret Service, not Schutzstaffel. It seems to bear clarification at this point). He was then forcibly removed from the event.
Now, I can already hear the grown of Trump supporters around the country. “Listen, you little pinko, commie, faggot. That gawt-damned reporter was a fussin' and a kickin' at a brave lawman! That feller what slammed him down is an American hero! My girlfriend... I mean goat, could see that! I swear... She's just ma goat...” Honestly, Morris did kick at the Secret Service Agent, but only after the completely unmerited choke slam. If you were doing your job and someone took you down, Big Show style, you might do a little kicking too.
So, what were the consequences for the Federal Agent? You already know the answer to that.
OK. You've been patient enough. Here's your Hitler comparison. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “During the first weeks of 1933, the Nazi regime deployed the radio, press, and newsreels to stoke fears of a pending “Communist uprising,” then channeled popular anxieties into political measures that eradicated civil liberties and democracy. SA (storm troopers) and members of the Nazi elite paramilitary formation, the SS, took to the streets to brutalize or arrest political opponents and incarcerate them in hastily established detention centers and concentration camps. Nazi thugs broke into opposing political party offices, destroying printing presses and newspapers.” How far off from Trump's tactics does this really seem?
The buying and selling of major media to keep public opinion clouded in the favor of everything that stomps on the interests of the people is bad enough. But when reporters are being corralled, told what to cover, where to shoot, where to look, and then being hit with WWE finishing moves, we no longer have an America that has any prayer of being great again.