Printed in the Herald-Times, February 20, 2017
To the Editor:
If violent Leftist radicals want Donald Trump to be re-elected as President in 2020, then by all means continue rioting, burning things down, breaking windows and assaulting people. America has had enough of this behavior, which never convinces anyone and turns many people against your cause.
The display on February 1 in Berkeley, California was utterly shameful. Milo Yiannopoulos was not allowed to speak because deranged Leftists were rioting, smashing windows and setting fires. (Yiannopoulos is an openly homosexual Jew. So much for the Left’s alleged respect for diversity.)
This sort of heckler’s veto should never be tolerated, and it was refreshing to see President Trump threaten to pull federal funding from the university for allowing this violent censorship.
We have not been spared locally either, as Leftist radicals vandalized buildings and smashed windows in protest of the legitimately elected President of these United States.
I was pleased to see greatly outnumbered Leftists peacefully protesting the Rally for Life last month. We can be civil and express our viewpoints in a peaceful way. This is how protest should work.
But our city government (starting with Mayor Hamilton) should have zero tolerance for those who use violence to accomplish political goals.