WASHINGTON: If you had to define the political and emotional reaction of liberal Democrats and the general left to the presidency of Donald J. Trump, the word “rage” succinctly describes it. And this overwrought emotionalism was on display when thousands of women donned their knitted pink pussyhats in protest of a newly-elected chief executive who refused to genuflect to modern, easily offended, fainting-couch feminists.
Playing at “resistance”
These shrill voices were represented by activists who screamed, cried, and lied in an attempt to stop the confirmation of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Surrounding the enemy
And the raving representative from California, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a leader of the kooky left’s rage brigade, even encouraged the so-called “resistance” to…
“… make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that [Trump] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
And many a GOP functionary, whether it was White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, or Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, were swarmed and jeered at restaurants and movie theaters, or had a boulder thrown through their office window.
The Empire strikes back
Around the nation, meanwhile, the spear point of the Trump resistance, the black-clad members of ANTIFA, stage violent protests. Bravely in the left’s safe-space havens of Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Berkeley, California.
To hear the moderators on Fox News tell it, the militant opposition to the Trump administration and the timid souls of the GOP’s congressional delegation pose a real threat to America’s civil society.
But these claims came into question when a Florida bodybuilder/exotic-dancer allegedly sent pipe bombs to former President Obama, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, actor Robert De Niro, and Rep. Maxine Waters, to name just a few.
That’s when things got very real very fast.
It’s hard to see how the folks wearing pussyhats, yelling “fuck Trump!” at televised award ceremonies, and telling their faithful followers to “push back on them… tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” can compete against certain “deplorables” with skills at real resistance.
All one need do is look to YouTube. You will find many a video of ANTIFA warriors having their heads handed to them. By teenagers on bikes. Just because you dress like Darth Vader doesn’t make you “Lord of The Sith.”
But the New York Times reported that the Florida bomb suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Aventura, Florida, may have intended to frighten his targets rather than kill them:
“None of the devices have detonated, leading some officials to question whether they were designed not to explode or if they were even capable of doing so. Some bomb technicians who reviewed photos of the device that circulated on social media on Wednesday suggested that it resembled the kind of fake device often portrayed on television and in movies.”
But FBI Director Christopher Wray confused matters by telling reporters the devices contained “energetic material,” whatever that means.
According to the Pew Research Center, 56 percent of Republicans own firearms compared to 25 percent of Democrats.
That means if the overwrought and violent rhetoric of the left ever triggers a real shooting war with the right, the lesson from recent events is this: knitted pussyhats make for flimsy protective helmets.
Top Images: accused bomber Cesar Sayoc Jr. (inset) and his van. CBS News screen captures.