Local Attacks on Trump and Police Supporters More Frequent [OPINION]
I was at a pro-Trump rally as an observer in Fairhaven shortly after a woman supporting the president was hit by a bottle. My audience explained to me on my program on Tuesday that it isn't as rare of an occurrence as one might think.
There have been numerous assaults and acts of intimidation brought on the men and women who support President Donald Trump. It is one thing to see them on television; it is a different experience when they happen in your own community. Massachusetts has seen too much left-wing political violence already.
A woman was hit by a bottle thrown from a car at the "Back the Blue & Trump Too" rally this week on the New Bedford-Fairhaven town line. An elderly veteran was allegedly assaulted by a man in his 20s at a well-traveled Fall River rotary in the daylight. That elderly Air Force veteran resumed his support of the President of the United States after he healed. He was allegedly attacked again at that same spot. Both of the alleged attackers have been charged and will face their days in court.
A retired police officer in Fairhaven has had his property vandalized because he has posted signs and flags in support of the police and President Trump. An elected member of the New Bedford School Committee, who is a veteran, has had his Trump signs stolen and has been forced to use an electric fence to protect his rights and his property.
I know of a local woman who was hit in the head by a frozen water bottle. She was simply speaking her mind and for that, she was attacked. Most of these people have been lucky compared to what happened to Congressman Steve Scalise; he was nearly assassinated by a leftwing activist.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.