Remember the post Miguel made a few days ago about Kino Jimenez, the tolerant Liberal who believes that “love trumps hate” so much he attacked a 16 year old kid for wearing a MAGA hat?
He was arrested.
He tried to justify his actions saying that “seeing the hat had the same effect on him that a Ku Klux Klan hood would have had.”
First: it is not legal in the US to attack someone for simply wearing a Klan hood or Swastika or anything else.
Sorry Antifa, you can’t just “bash the fash” if they have peaceably assembled. It is within their right to do so. Every civics and history teacher in America should spend a couple of days each school year teaching a segment on National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie.
If Nazis attack me, I’ll shoot the fuck out of them. If they are just standing around waving their flags making “Heil Hilter” salutes, they’re a bunch of assholes but I can’t and won’t don anything to stop them.
Even if a bunch of Klansmen were sitting in a booth, ripping the white hood off of one and throwing a drink in his face is still assault. In America, you have no right to attack someone over their ideology.
Second: show me one MAGA inspired lynching. One group of Trump supporters who burned a “T” on a Liberal’s lawn. One pogrom carried out by people in MAGA hats.
That’s because 63 million Americans are not Klansmen or Nazis for voting for the President of the United States. That is not an objective or reasonable equivalent in a rational universe.
But those two points are not why I wrote this post. I wrote this post because of a horrifying fact observed on social media.
Wish I could take the high road. But your MAGA hat reads like a swastika to me. So ummm … hmmm. Yeah. Maybe I’m no longer a decent person. https://t.co/OWYodBRtxB
— VanLathan (@VanLathan) July 5, 2018
Yes, that does make him a bad person.
Fire will be met with fire in this country. Just a matter of time
— Candace Smith (@TheCandaceSmith) July 5, 2018
She thinks that a MAGA hat is fire that must be met with fire.
As they say “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and I don’t think she’ll like the fire that fights her fire.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 5, 2018
Mark Lamont Hill is a reporter with CNN, just so you know.
My name is Trey Brown and I support this message.
— Trey Brown (@TreyPlaysTunes) July 6, 2018
At least he’s honest.
This is only a snippet of the support Jimenez is getting online.
For every asshole who throws a drink on a kid, or a woman, or anybody else over ideological or political differences, there are hundreds of people who support that person.
Whoever threw this drink at Tomi Lahren, thank you pic.twitter.com/RJE8xTDMZ3
— I Luh God ✨ (@aVeryRichBish) May 21, 2018
As this continues to escalate, keep that in mind.
This is why Florida style stand your ground laws are more important than ever.
You never know who on the jury might secretly be thinking “it’s totally fine to try to stab someone with a steak knife at a restaurant for wearing a MAGA hat, that’s practically a swastika armband.”