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Mike Siegel: A message to Bernie

Violence by the alt-left is their form of political dissent

Mike Siegel
June 19, 2017 - 2:06 pm

The American news media have reached their lowest plateau in the history of this nation. The overt and expressed intent to destroy a President rather than report the news must be rejected by the American electorate. We can continue the move to Make America Great Again by continuing to elect political candidates who reflect the values of this Administration. These media have created through the false reporting of stories about Donald Trump a heightened level of tension and anger beyond what the reality justifies.

These media have added to the inflammatory nature of our political condition in this country.

The horrible shootings in Alexandria last week demonstrate that there are some in the Alt-Left Movement who openly espouse violence against their political opponents. We know that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a huge fan of Rachel Maddow and was a volunteer for Bernie Sanders. The level of false reporting, intended by the New York Times, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and the Washington Post to destroy the political career of Donald Trump has helped divide America in ways that we have not seen since the Civil War.

Anyone who thinks the Alt-Left movement, including its media, are acting responsibly, consider the following:

Just days after Congresswoman Gabby Gifford was shot in the head, Bernie Sanders released this email:

“In light of all of this violence-both actual and threatened-is Arizona a state in which people who are not Republicans are able to participate freely and fully in the democratic process? Have right-wing reactionaries, through threats and acts of violence, intimidated people with different points of view from expressing their political positions?... As the elder statesman of Arizona politics McCain needs to stand up and denounce the increasingly violent rhetoric coming from the right-wing and exert his influence to create a civil political environment in his state.”

Here is Bernie Sanders in his typical rhetorical flourish condemning the Republicans for the Gabby Gifford shooting. The facts are that Jared Loughner, the shooter, was a registered Democrat and had serious psychiatric problems. So much for the false, defamatory and insidious comments from Bernie Sanders. His hypocritical inconsistency could not bring him to tell the truth after the shootings in Alexandria last week. He did condemn the acts, but did he blame Democrats in the same was he blamed Republicans for the Gabby Gifford shooting? Of course not. That level of honesty would betray his radical views of where he wants this country to go.

Further, did he denounce the radical left who support him in his home state of Vermont, where the radical violent and criminal students shut down a speech by a conservative and caused physical harm to a professor who was with the speaker. Those are Bernie Sanders supporters and he said nothing about the Middlebury College oppressive tactics of his followers. Shutting down speeches is a hallmark of totalitarian dictatorships. Bernie knows that well.

Then there is the case of Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. She received an email stating: ‘One down, 216 to go.” Does that sound like legitimate robust debate in a free society?

Congressman Tom Garrett of Virginia has been targeted by repeated death threats. One message read: “This is how we are going to kill your wife.” Is this where we want this country going?

Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally received violent threats from a Tucson Unified School District employee named Steve Martan, a 58-year old arrested by the FBI.

Wendi Wright, a 35-year-old from Tennessee, has been charged with felony reckless endangerment for trying to run Congressman David Kustoff off the road after a town hall regarding the GOP health care bill.

And there is a man who was removed from a town hall in North Dakota because the man became physical with Congressman Kevin Cramer and forced paper currency into his collar.

A Republican organization in Portland, Oregon was threatened with violence if they marched in a parade that was scheduled. The parade was cancelled for fear of violence and the email from the group making the threat read: You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely.”

The group sending the email says it provides” communication and computer resources to allies engaged in struggles against capitalism and other forms of oppression.”

And then there is the University of California at Berkeley where violent destruction of property was the rule of the days when Conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was invited to speak. And, of course, Ann Coulter suffered the same fate as Yiannopoulos when she was threatened to the point that she cancelled the speech.

By the way, Olivia Corn, President of Cornell University’s College Republicans was physically assaulted on the night the President won the election. Her attacker said: F… you, racist bitch, you support a racist party.”

If you were to ask each of the people involved in any of these criminal incidents, there is no doubt that they would tell you Bernie Sanders is their guy.

OK Bernie, you blamed Senator McCain because he did not speak out to condemn Republicans after the Congresswoman Gifford shooting (even though the shooter was psychotic and a registered Democrat).

How about being consistent for once and condemning that group of your supporters who are violent, disgusting and reprehensible excuses for political activists as they attempt to destroy the responsible opposition.

Bernie, you have the power to be a leader in ending this unacceptable attempt to suppress freedom in America by the Alt-Left, a group that supports you whether you like it or not. They are the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan on the Left.

Now it is your turn to do something instead of always blaming your political adversaries. They can use your help in turning down the temperature of violence on the Left. Show some character and place principle over politics.


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