Since my grandchildren are coming over soon, and since the vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh won’t be held until between four and five this evening Eastern Time (two to three my time), I was going to give this a rest, but a friend of mine on Facebook (and in real life) posted the question above.
Here’s the link to the full news video courtesy of the Idaho Republican Party’s Facebook page. It’s not very long and I encourage you to view it before continuing.
Okay, assuming you viewed the video, you saw that about one hundred people, at least some of them identifying as socialists, gathered yesterday afternoon on the steps of the Boise City Hall to protest Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court. Yes, we do get such protests from time to time. Although Idaho is generally a Red State, because Boise is the state’s largest city and the state capitol, we attract people from all over the country, primarily the more expensive communities in the west (Seattle, Portland, The SF Bay Area, the Los Angeles area – in other words, places that are way too crowded and expensive to live). Some of them want to promote their former lifestyle into our current one, and so we get some push and pull periodically.
Now these people have every right to protest, but so did the man carrying the Trump cardboard figure promoting Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But as the video revealed, a very upset woman attacked him, punched his sign, and literally ripped the head off of the cardboard Trump before retreating. Then, as the KTVB reporter continued to speak into the camera, a young fellow tried to block him and prevent the reporter from continuing. I couldn’t hear what the young guy said, but the reporter rightly responded that he could be there because it’s public property (and what protestor doesn’t want publicity?). The young guy also retreated.
To answer my friend’s question, I seriously doubt the Idaho Democratic party will condemn such actions. They’re occurring on a much grander scale all over the country, and particularly in Washington DC where the vote to confirm will be happening later on.
Like I said, we periodically have protests against conservatives and conservative ideals (the Second Amendment for instance) here from time to time, but in my 24 years of living in the Treasure Valley, I’ve never seen one of them become even slightly violent.
Granted, no one was hurt and only a cardboard sign was damaged, but that’s still a crime. The “victim” seemed more amused than upset, so I doubt he’ll press charges, but this indicates the trend of liberal violence against conservatives may be rising. If it can happen in conservative Idaho, it can happen anywhere, and to me, that’s pretty amazing. Violence usually requires a mob mentality, and relative to a hundred people, it’s not much of a mob (and to the best of my knowledge, none of the others behaved in an aggressive manner.
Stay tuned. It’s only going to get worse.