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A Punch Is Not A Car

A Punch Is Not A Car

So there seems be an inordinate amount of schadenfreude in the air following the recent arrest of Zachary Greenberg, most of it emanating from those on the conservative right. For you see Greenberg was arrested after punching a conservative activist on a college campus. The alt-right feel that this has suddenly given them the moral high ground - and boy are they going to preach.

A second of reflection might send them scurrying back under their rocks though. Let’s not forget that their president is a man who has incited hate and violence at every turn before, during and since his election to office. Lest we forget a couple of his more memorable quotes:

"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell ... I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”

Give added thought to the pussy-grabbing sexism, the racism, the warmongering with North Korea and maybe those crowing might start to be a little more circumspect. Let’s not forget the real horror that right wing politics in the US has created - the stain of Charlottesville can never and should never be erased, nor should Trumps defence of those who attacked the protestors. The tolerance of violence that Trump has supported has even spilled over to previously peaceful places like New Zealand with tragic consequences.

Given the atmosphere of hatred and political violence that the Republicans have engendered in the US it is hardly a surprise that the left wing will sometimes react, in fact maybe Zachary Greenberg should be applauded for his action rather than being prosecuted. His was a moment of righteous protest against racism. Violence is never the answer but perhaps in this case it was justified - punching someone in the face is not in the same league as driving a car into a crowd of people after all.

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