Although the amount of high school students and allies that have been protesting in support of gun reform makes many of us hopeful for what is to come, unfortunately, the Trump supporters aren’t going away anytime soon and in some places, they seem to be displaying their ugliness in full force.
On Thursday, a disturbing video aired of a pair of Trump supporters who were caught on camera this weekend making threats to a left-wing bookstore in Berkeley, California.
Berkeley’s Revolution Books posted this Youtube video:
In the video, the two Trump supporters go into the store and confront the workers there. The woman asks a store staff member:
‘(Do you think) I’m racist because I support our president?’
The staff person answers:
‘Yes, basically, yes.’
The male Trump supporter, while wearing his “Make America Great Again” hat, starts to become violent, and calls the staff person “commie scum.” Then, tells her:
‘We’re going to burn down your bookstore.’
The worker informs them that she has recorded them on video saying they are going to burn down the bookstore and tells them to “please leave.” The man then shouts:
‘This is America, f*ck you!’
The man doesn’t back down and ends up going outside the store to tell people:
‘Trump is going to get rid of all you pieces of sh*t.’
In addition, the man calls the person working an “anti-white racist piece of sh*t.” He then says that the only people that shop at the store are “Antifa pieces of sh*t.”
This encounter is scary to watch and really displays the kind of climate being created in this country due to the Trump Administration, current GOP lawmakers, and their policies. The Nation reported:
‘According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) annual census of “extremist” groups, “The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump.’
The Nation also reported:
‘According to Indiana University sociologist Jeffrey Greunewald, whose research focuses on hate groups and extremist violence, contemporary far-right movements were able to take root in the 1990s in communities that were left out of that decade’s economic growth. They shrewdly exploited disillusionment stemming from “loss of blue-collar, manufacturing jobs viewed as a result of globalization,” and economic distress in farming communities. But this extremist wave peaked around 1996, with about 850 organizations, and eventually faded or were driven underground by federal law enforcement crackdowns.
Now, these groups are coming out of hiding since Trump’s election due to the fact that these groups are seemingly more welcome in the mainstream political climate.
According to The Nation:
‘Trump’s rhetoric and the violence that follows in its wake didn’t come out of nowhere. The strain of hate that seems to have driven many of the recent attacks can be traced back to ultra-right movements that have been around since at least the 1980s. In particular, the anti-government, anti-immigrant rhetoric of today’s hate groups are firmly in the lineage of the “Patriot ” movements and other white- and Christian-supremacist extremist groups that flourished during the Clinton years.’
These ultra-right movements and groups are dangerously changing the shape and tone of our country, and it is up to everyone else to resist the hate in every way possible.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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