Popular conservative radio host Michael Savage was allegedly attacked this week while committing the horrific crime of dining while a Trump supporter.
The outspoken Savage was eating at a California restaurant when a patron allegedly noticed him, yelled at him and then assaulted him. The radio host’s assailant even kicked his accompanying poodle.
Savage himself blamed the “open season on prominent Trump supporters” for why he was left bloodied after trying to eat by himself and his poodle. “The fascist left has been empowered by their own false narrative that those who support borders, language and culture – my motto – are evil fascists!” he told Breitbart of his assault.
The conservative radio host intends on pursuing charges on the assault as a politically-motivated hate crime, which, considering American society right now, is probably not off the mark.
Savage appears to be only the latest victim of violence against Trump supporters — a phenomenon that first emerged during the primaries and has only escalated since The Donald won the election.
At first, the supporters who fell prey to these attacks were average joes who were only guilty of attending a Trump rally. Now it’s well-known figures like Savage who have to worry about getting punched in public.
This, unfortunately, shouldn’t come as a surprise with anti-Trump violence finding moral justification in our increasingly balkanized nation.
We first saw signs of this justification in the now-famous punch of white nationalist Richard Spencer in January. Mainstream liberal celebrities and pundits cheered on that assault, which led The New York Times to ask if it’s ok to punch a Nazi. (RELATED: Trump Is President, And Now The Left Justifies Political Violence)
Most of the Left answered that question in the affirmative, as expressed by Hollywood wildly cheering a speech at the Screen Actors Guild awards advocating for such an action. (RELATED: Hollywood Gives Standing Ovation For Punching Political Foes At Awards Show)
It would be one thing if the argument was just left to actually certifiable Nazis, but since liberals now consider anyone to the right of George Will as a fascist, the justification for punching Spencer obviously was a slippery slope for violence against Trump supporters.
And we’ve been sliding down that slope ever since. First, it was the riot against right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley. Masked anarchists beat and pepper sprayed dozens of individuals just for the suspicion that they might be a “Nazi.” One of their victims turned out to be a Syrian Muslim — who had zero involvement with Milo’s talk — for merely looking like a “Nazi,” according to his black-masked assailant.
The violence was later praised in Berkeley’s student paper as a necessary defense against “hate speech.” (RELATED: Berkeley Student Paper Publishes Columns PRAISING Anti-Milo Riot)
Shortly after Milo’s episode, violence struck at a New York University appearance by conservative commentator Gavin McInnes, but it fortunately didn’t cause the event to be cancelled like the riot accomplished at Berkeley.
Early in March, a scheduled talk by conservative scholar (and Trump critic) Charles Murray was disrupted by angry leftists at Middlebury College. After being forced to deliver his remarks via livestream video, Murray and Middlebury professor Allison Stanger — who happens to be an anti-Trump liberal — were assaulted by a mob as they tried to leave campus. Stanger had her hair pulled, which caused her to suffer neck injuries and a concussion. (RELATED: Leftist Students Physically Assault Conservative Scholar, Professor Over Speech)
When even liberal Trump critics can get attacked for the sin of defending free speech, we know we’re in trouble.
The rising level of violence has naturally led to aggressive response from Trump supporters. On March 4, a pro-Trump rally at Berkeley led to skirmishes between right-wingers and “anti-fascists.” One Trump supporter, later dubbed by the internet as “Based Stick Man,” struck a charging anarchist with his namesake stick, which resulted in his arrest.
Charges were later dropped against Based Stick Man, which is a good thing for Trump supporters hoping to defend themselves from marauding antifa.
The attack on Savage is just another sign that political violence is becoming more common in the U.S. — and it’s pretty much all coming from the Left.
Barring some miraculous unification moment for the country, it’s bound that more attacks will occur against conservatives and Trump supporters.
Funny enough, the blame for this will lie at the feet of the pundits and entertainment figures who worried about Trump’s fascism and urged for resistance against this made-up phenomenon by any means necessary.