Two more instances of violence against conservatives made the news in the past couple of weeks. According to one political observer, almost all of the political violence in America is liberal-on-conservative.
A self-professed Trump-hater nearly ran down Florida Republicans earlier this month when he intentionally drove his van through a tent where people were registering to vote. A triggered student at the University of California at Santa Cruz tore up a Republican student group table, assaulting one of the conservative students before spitting on the American flag and walking away.
Two years ago, a conservative on the UC-Berkeley campus was punched in the face during violent protests when conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak.
And then there was this from the Washington Post's Philip Rucker during an interview on MSNBC, commenting on President Donald Trump:
Rucker: "Anti-immigrant rhetoric, racist rhetoric has been a hallmark and feature of his campaign, of his presidency – and according to experts in the field, it has inspired the white nationalist movement."
But veteran reporter and talk-show host Richard Randall contends the public hears little about the spate of violence against conservatives. In fact, he says, the mainstream media seems to be chomping at the bit for conservative-on-liberal violence.
"These are not hypothetical that these would be headline stories. With Jussie Smollett, it was a headline story," he argues. "[And] Covington boys would be a good example of that as well."
Both of those examples, of course, turned out to be "fake news." Nancy Grace, a legal analyst and former prosecutor, told Fox News last week that Smollett's hate-crimes hoax will create skepticism about future hate crimes. And CNN recently settled a lawsuit brought by a Covington High School student over the network's inaccurate portrayal of the student as displaying "racist behavior" at a pro-life march in Washington, DC, in 2019.
Image above shows aftermath when a Florida man plowed with his van into a voter-registration tent full of Trump supporters, scattering the volunteers before making an obscene gesture and speeding off, police in Jacksonville, FL, said. (Associated Press)