A peaceful protester at the Republican National Convention was just attacked on national television, despite the attempts of right-wingers to literally hide their actions with the American flag. This seriously happened and the whole thing was broadcast live on CSPAN.
Compared to day one of the convention, day two went relatively smoothly. But towards the end of the night a Code Pink protester with a sign made of fabric appeared. The message that was written on her banner? “No Racists, No Hate.” As she silently held up her sign, attendees of the RNC began to grab at her banner, trying to rip it from her hands.
This time, though, right-wingers demonstrated a tactic we have not seen them use before. They used the American flag as both a weapon and a screen to hide their attacks. At first, the angry conservatives used the flag to shove the woman backwards as she tried to get away from them. Then, as they gang up on her, they use the flag as a shield to hide their attack.
This kind of an attack on protesters isn’t unusual for a Trump rally, actually less violent than the attacks his events have become so well known for. After all, nobody was left bleeding. But for f*ck’s sake, this is the convention! And this wasn’t caught on someone’s cell phone, this was CSPAN! What has become of America? How has it become acceptable to attack peaceful protesters? Trump has encouraged this kind of behavior, yet he is supposed to “protect our freedoms?” Are you freaking kidding me?
We can not allow him to become president. This is just another example of the kind of hatred and violence that Trump has made the norm here in America. What is the most terrifying is that even if the bigoted billionaire doesn’t make it into the White House, his supporters will still be living right here, and they now believe it is okay to attack anyone who calls them out on their bullsh*t.
Watch this peaceful protester being attacked at the RNC live on CSPAN here:
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