JAMIL SMITH: I see a lot of people expressing their humanity in the face of a candidate who’s really built his candidacy on denouncing their humanity. Yeah, there are a few people out there not actually out there to protest but at the end of the day, they accomplished their goal, got on TV and they got their issues aired.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I thought the three people we heard from were great.
JOAN WALSH: They were. They have grievances. It’s not like it’s mindless or they just want violence. They’re speaking out against someone who’s really attacking their community.
Maybe it’s me, but if your headline includes the phrase :”police car smashed,” perhaps you should go ahead and call it a riot and not the benign and righteous sounding “protest.”
The Times write-up of the ugly violence begins with more apologetic language:
Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night…
“Demonstrators”??? This is a very deliberate use of language. When you have a righteous cause, you’re a “demonstrator.” The Times is using language equating these thugs with someone marching in Selma. “Demonstrators” sounds heroic.
Let’s not forget what these people are rioting about: A political rally consisting of American citizens peacefully assembling (see the Bill of Rights) for the purpose of expressing a political opinion (Ibid).
The best example of journalists siding with the rioting thugs comes from our pals at the Washington Post. First, they use the benign word “clash” to describe the riots.
Trump protesters clashed with police officers here after a campaign rally Thursday hosted by the Republican presidential candidate.
It was just a “clash” everybody. Don’t worry. Of course, when you see what “protesters clashed with police officers” looks like, it sure resembles a riot:
The Post also managed to miss a key part of the political motivations behind the riots. First hand accounts on social media show the anti-free speech hooligans waving Mexican flags as they smashed a cop car and bloodied the face of a peaceful citizen.
How would the average American react knowing that the rioters were waving the flag of a foreign nation as they bullied American citizens?
The Washington Post doesn’t want to find out. Not only is there no mention off the Mexican flag in their report (posted at 5:11 AM, Friday) but they also accompany their story with a picture of a protester standing behind a giant American flag.”
L.A. Times Worries About ‘Unintended Consequences’ of Mexican Flags at Anti-Trump Protest
“Um… Could you anti-Trump protesters please not display so many Mexican flags when protesting against Trump? You might not realize it but it will only help him in the California primary in June.
That is the big worry of the Los Angeles Times in reporting about the protests against Donald Trump yesterday in Costa Mesa. Here is the Times wringing its hands in worry as reported by Ruben Vives and Shelby Grad, about the “unintended consequences” of displaying the Mexican flag which proved counter-productive in the past:
The protests outside Donald Trump’s rally in Costa Mesa on Thursday night appear to point to an upcoming month of activism by Latinos and others as the GOP front-runner tries to seal the presidential nomination in the state.
Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. At least 17 were arrested.
So the “protests” were really more like riots. Now on to the big concern of the Los Angeles Times:
Traffic came to a halt as protesters walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle and at one point, tried to flip a police car.
Video footage showed some demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup. One group carried benches and blocked the entrance to the 55 Freeway along Newport Boulevard, with some tossing rocks at motorists near the on-ramp.
It’s hard to know how such protests will impact the GOP race.
Some conservatives pointed with outrage to the use of the Mexican flag during the Costa Mesa protest.
During the anti-Proposition 187 rallies of 1994, the flying of the Mexican flag may have increased support for the initiative, which would have denied public services to immigrants here illegally. It was passed by voters but overturned by the courts.
Protesters carrying the Mexican flag during the 2006 protests also sparked debate.
As those protests continued, there were fewer Mexican flags and more American flags. That happened in part because Spanish-language DJs who promoted the demonstration during their radio shows urged participants to carry American flags to show their patriotism.
“If we want to live here, we want to demonstrate that we love this country and we love the American flag,” DJ Eddie “El Piolin” Sotelo said at the time.
Psst! Could you protesters/rioters at least fake patriotism by waving American, not Mexican, flags? It’s only temporary in order to fool public opinion.
The Times and its allies might have to work very hard to convince anti-Trump protesters to not display Mexican flags so prominently since, as you can see in raw footage of yesterday’s protest/riot, that flag they so desperately want to keep under wraps for PR purposes makes an ubiquitous appearance throughout the video.”
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Mexican flag-waving protesters clash with cops at California Trump rally
– DailyMail UK
Photo Credit: LA Times |
“Police clashed with hundreds of protesters outside Donald Trump’s rally in Southern California on Thursday night.
At least one police car was smashed up as hundreds of demonstrators – many of them waving Mexican flags – took to the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, Orange County where Trump was speaking.
The protesters flooded the street outside the amphitheater with some stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to Trump – bringing traffic to a halt and creating a tense standoff with authorities.
One Trump supporter was pictured with a bloody facing after clashing with the anti-Trump activists, many of whom were young Hispanic people.
The violence in Southern California where Latinos make up a large segment of the population suggests Trump may face more of this in the days to come, as he campaigns ahead of the state’s June 7 primary.”
– Great photos and overnight coverage. It would be a profound mistake to confuse all Latinos with those supporting illegal alien immigration. The objectives and goals certainly run counter to those legal residents and citizens who support Donald Trump.
In Mexico the word for ‘pet’ is mascota or mascot. I certainly hope those protestors waving the Mexican flag are treating it like a pet, like a mascot at a soccer match. Because if it is not waved lightly, but instead with anger and aggression in a foreign land, it becomes a symbol not of frivolity but of menace and invasion. /CJ
Anti-Trump Protests Rage, Mexican Flags Fly Outside CA Trump Rally
“Angry protesters swarmed outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Costa Mesa, California Thursday night, drawing scores of police in riot gear and on horseback as Trump supporters responded singing God bless America and the Star Spangled Banner.
Thousands of Trump supporters were turned away as the venue reached capacity. First hand accounts from those stuck outside counted the initial wave of protesters at 70, but the crowd grew into the hundreds.
Trump supporter Walter Krokosz told Breitbart News, “They were very aggressive. When we were leaving there were a lot of people in cars, Mexican flags hanging out the windows. A guy was doing donuts and the intersection was shut down. We saw people marching through the intersection.” Krokosz is a legal immigrant from Poland and a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired Chief Petty Officer.
Trump supporters outside the rally sang patriotic songs. A group of 8 to 12-year-old kids for Trump called out cheers. One cheer blasted Obamacare.
“The Trump supporters were the peaceful people singing patriotic songs, festive and happy, while the protesters were very angry and high aggression. We were in line sharing stories as Wally gave away pins and shared stories of military service,” rally attendee Terry Krokosz told Breitbart News.
At least one police car was vandalized, its windshield smashed. A man jumped on top of the vehicle in an effort to cause more damage. Then a group attempted to flip the car,according to CBS News.”