There are many moments in American politics where it seems that, for a brief instant, a window of opportunity opens in which we have the chance to collectively pause, take a breath, and take stock of where we are as a nation. Have we let the rhetoric get out of control? Have we demonized “the other side” to the point where there can be no more rational conversation or thought? Is there any way we can take a step back, stop with the name-calling for a minute, and get back to the actual issues confronting America?
One such opportunity arose last week in the aftermath of the Charlottesville tragedy. Thanks to one lunatic in a Dodge Charger, a woman died. When something like that happens, the first response should not be to characterize the event in political terms. It should be to mourn, condemn, and think seriously about where we’re headed as a country. Unfortunately, this opportunity – like so many others over the past couple of years – was entirely missed. Heather Hauer was still lying on the pavement as liberals began blaming the murder on President Trump. Instead of having the effect of a splash of cold water, this violent incident actually enraged Trump’s critics to the point where – defying what was previously thought possible – their rhetoric against this president went even FURTHER into the land of insanity.
Take for instance this unhinged assistant professor at Clemson University. Bart Knijnenburg was all over Facebook recently, letting the president’s supporters know what he thought of them.
“All Trump supporters, nay, all Republicans, are racist scum,” said Knijnenburg.
After some of his students confronted him on his ridiculous stance, Knijnenburg took to the comments with some more of his venom.
“All Republicans? Yes,” he reiterated. “Your complacency made this happen. Pick a side: denounce your affiliation or admit you’re a racist.”
Um, how about Choice #3: Refuse to take orders from a liberal professor who has never actually worked a day in his life in the real world? A professor who couldn’t last five minutes in a serious debate with a serious conservative? Yeah, we’ll take that choice.