Monday, March 14, 2016

Chicago Violence, Ted Cruz, Michelle Fields, and the Trumping of Andrew Breitbart's Legacy

We've all seen the images and thuggery from this past Friday night in Chicago, as a rally for Donald Trump was cancelled due to Leftist protesters, believed to be mostly from groups funded by radical George Soro$.

Ted Cruz, who is right behind Trump in the quest to get the GOP nomination, spoke to reporters after the events of Friday.

We need to learn to have disagreements without being disagreeable. To have disagreements while respecting human beings on the other side. Earlier today over thirty people were arrested at one rally. And then tonight, as violence broke out, the rally was canceled all together. Now, the responsibility for that lies with protesters who took violence into their own hands. But in any campaign responsibility starts at the top. Any candidate who is responsible for the culture of the campaign. And when you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse.
But all you've heard this weekend in the media, and especially from the Trump bootlickers in the blogosphere, is that Ted Cruz is siding with Black Lives Matter,, George Soro$, et al., in an effort to attack Donald Trump.

Andrew McCarthy wrote at National Review Online:
That is not an indictment of Donald Trump for what lawless protesters did in Chicago. It is an indictment of Trump for encouraging rogue behavior, which inevitably begets more rogue behavior and perversely enables thugs to portray their thuggery as justifiable retaliation
Conservatives are champions of vigorous debate within the bounds of civil discourse. As conservative commentators who have been threatened, shouted down, censored, banned from speaking, and full-time demagogued will tell you, the point is not just to get one’s message across; it is the principle that the message is entitled to be heard even if it is unpopular. That is why we do not stoop to thug tactics or urge that the Left — with its legacy of laundering one-time terrorists into “social justice” activists — deserves an eye-for-an-eye. The law of the jungle is not the rule of law that we advocate. Civil society has to be civil society.
Even as a Cruz supporter, I think maybe he could have phrased the criticism of the Trump campaign a little differently. No, Cruz was not blaming Trump for the violence, but the Trump-bootlickers have taken Cruz's statement out of context similar to the way that the Soro$ funded Media Mutters for America does when it tries to silence conservative talk show or TV hosts.

But, at the same time, Cruz (and McCarthy) has a point. When you're out encouraging violence against protesters, when media people are assaulted at your rallies, there's a certain element that is attracted to that. From what I've seen in almost 15 years of counter-protesting the Left in the streets of San Francisco and Marin County, as well as blogging, is that the Left always seeks a way to antagonize and provoke anyone on our side to get a reaction. When they do, they get their friends in the media over and scream "Look what the mean old right-winger did to me!" So I'm sure the Soro$ goons went for the sake of thinking, say, along the lines of "maybe we can get some of those rednecks at Trump's rally to hit us, maybe one of them will use the n-word, since he won't condemn David Duke." That's the way the Leftist goons operate.

Which brings me to Michelle Fields and the websites founded by the late Andrew Breitbart.

Fields, who was (until she resigned early this morning) a reporter at Breitbart News, said she was assaulted by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Stories have come out that the management ordered staff not to defend Fields. The website's Editor at Large Ben Shapiro and a few others have joined Fields in the exudus from Breitbart.
“Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a statement to BuzzFeed early Monday. “I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”
Fields’ colleague, editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, also resigned in protest.
Breitbart, which was founded in 2007 by the late outspoken conservative Andrew Breitbart, has been accused of having a pro-Trump bias since the billionaire businessman launched his campaign.
“Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager."
It isn't just Breitbart News, other conservative new media sites have become nothing but propaganda outlets for Trump. I can't read their work anymore, many of them I've had the utmost respect for, because of their attacks on Fields as someone who "Fudged" the assault story, or attacking another great writer, Katie Pavlich, or the childish attacks on Cruz "eating his boogers." Really? This is what "conservative" punditry has become? Promoting personalities instead of principles?

Anyone who saw Andrew Breitbart knows he would not have stood by as one of his reporters was bullied or assaulted.

In fact, he made it clear back in 2011 what he thought about Donald Trump.

Now, his legacy is being Trumped.

1 comment:

wendybar said...

Thank you!! I needed to read this, as I feel the same way you do!! I can't even watch TV anymore, as they are all Trump channels.