Democrats Panic as Leftist Riots Appear to Be Helping Trump
Another weekend of violent rioting has Dems questioning anti-Trump support
While Democrats have been fanning the flames of leftist riots and ongoing unrest across the country, their radical support now appears to be backfiring and is helping President Donald Trump rather than hurting him.
The first signs of panic emerged from some opponents of Trump early Monday, following another weekend of violence and nationwide rioting.
Anti-Trump Dems are now starting to worry openly whether supporting "peaceful protests” in Portland, Oregon is actually hurting the Democrats.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been leading the charge by insisting that the riots targeting federal law enforcement officers and a federal courthouse in Portland are actually “peaceful.”
The anti-Trump media, aka the media, has been supporting these claims by downplaying violence committed by the “protesters” and painting anything the officers do, to defend themselves or to disperse the crowds, in a negative light.
Democrats have also demonized federal agents for merely attempting to restore law and order - something local authorities have refused to do.
Last week, Biden accused federal law enforcement of “brutally attacking peaceful protesters” in Portland,” according to Breitbart.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the demonstrators “represent the best of our democratic ideals.”
But after a weekend of violence across the nation in “solidarity” with Portland, some Democrats are thinking twice.
Lanny Davis, the close Clinton ally who urged long ago that President Trump be removed from office, tweeted: “Violent protesters lighting fires and using violence in Portland should wear @realDonaldTrump buttons.
"That is who they are helping. Progressives in Portland need to call them out, including the Mayor.
"ReTweet please. Don’t allow violent people help @realDonaldTrump.”
Violent protesters lighting fires and using violence in Portland should wear @realDonaldTrump buttons. That is who they are helping.Progressives in Portland need to call them out, including the Mayor. ReTweet please. Don’t allow violent people help @realDonaldTrump— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) July 27, 2020
Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host who was once a Republican congressman and friend of Trump, but has since emerged as a vehement opponent of the president, tweeted: “How does breaking windows at a courthouse, setting fire to a federal building, firing guns in crowds, and committing acts of vandalism forward any cause?
"Actually, don’t bother because there is no good answer.
"It is self-destructive to any cause you promote.”
And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) tried to deny Sunday that the Portland demonstrations were violent at all — perhaps realizing the political damage that the violence might imply:
I ran into Jerry Nadler in DC and asked him to disavow the Antifa violence/rioting in Portland.— Essential Fleccas 🇺🇸 (@fleccas) July 27, 2020
“THATS A MYTH” pic.twitter.com/veImyE2rju
The media have typically taken the protesters’ “peaceful” pretensions at face value, despite glaring evidence to the contrary.
The Associated Press has described the Portland riots as “racial injustice” protests.
But on Monday, the Associated Press took the rare step of publishing an account that included the federal officers’ point of view, noting that they were being constantly targeted inside the courthouse by laser beams, fireworks, and ball bearings.
As public awareness of the true nature of the “peaceful protests” seeps to the surface, Democrats may begin backtracking on their support for the demonstrations.
The question is whether Americans will find such denials credible after so long.