A pro-Trump student was beaten yesterday during an anti-Trump march held by students from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, about half an hour from where I live. The march occurred during school hours.
The victim, who wore a “Make America Great Again” cap, argued with one of the protesters. Pretty soon, according to a witness, he was “jumped,” and found himself being punched and kicked by the disputant and four other students.
The beating left the pro-Trump student, age 15, injured and disoriented. He was taken to a local hospital. The injuries reportedly are not serious.
The school principal, Damon Monteleone, said that the “perpetrator” will receive “appropriate consequences.” The local police said he will be “charged.”
But four other students participated in the beat down. Will they be punished and charged?
My other question is why Monteleone allowed his students to leave class and take to the street at 10:00 a.m. If the students had been in class, as they should have been, no beating would have occurred.
In addition to permitting truancy, the principal allowed his students to create an inherently unsafe situation — or unsafe space, if you prefer. Violence is always a serious possibility when mobs take to the street.
The protesters consisted of the usual mix: the innocent (“Love trumps hate”); the defiant (“not our president”); and the vicious, like those who beat the pro-Trump student.
The latter group, and probably portions of the second, is populated by fledgling fascists. For the foreseeable future, they will be the shock troops in violent, anti-democratic protests — and would have been regardless of the outcome of this election. “Occupy Wall Street” and “Black Lives Matter” rallies, with their attendant thuggery, predate the latest election.
Such protests serve not just the interests of the far left, but also those of Donald Trump, though I’m sure he and his team are appalled by this kind of behavior. Indeed, violence associated with BLM protests, coupled with Hillary Clinton’s sympathy for the movement, may have contributed to Trump’s election.
Those of us who protested in extreme ways against the Nixon administration for four years only to see him reelected in a landslide understand this dynamic.
By the way, the 15 year-old victim of this beating seems like a better candidate for a White House visit than “clock-boy” was.