For the past week since the election of Donald Trump, we have seen thousands of anti-Trump protesters and rioters take to the streets in cities across the country, and there have been a number of violent acts seen from these individuals. There have also been a number of claims of aggravated Trump supporters who have become violent towards peaceful protesters.
However, there has not been substantial supporting evidence for these claims until now. A video of an anti-Trump supporter being tackled down the stairs at an indoor anti-Trump rally at Ohio State University on Monday.
Shane Michael Stanton was arrested immediately after attacking Timothy Adams, according to Gerard Barsalla, president of the Undergraduate Student Government.
“The assault that occurred — that’s what it was — in the Union tonight is completely unacceptable,” Basalla said. “Every person on this campus has the right to feel safe and voice their opinion without fearing harm. We can’t be having this.”
Students organized at the front of Thompson Library around 5 p.m. for the third time this week, led by leftist groups such as the Socialist Alternative and Pride OSU. The rally began with about twenty people and quickly grew into hundreds, some wearing masks and others with hand-made signs with gripping messages such as: “Your walls divide our world”, “Dump Trump” and “This pussy grabs back”.
Brendan Walsh, president of Pride OSU, explained that he is now afraid to leave his room because of the election results.
“I have never been so fucking scared to leave my room,” Walsh said to the crowd. “I am a white, gay male, like, I am the top of the LGBT community and I acknowledge my privilege. I’m scared and if I’m scared, what has this election done to this community?”
Is this a well-founded concern or a irrational, media-driven mania?
Regardless of their viewpoints, they should not be attacked. Peaceful demonstrations and communication should be encouraged, especially with those you disagree with.
“We witnessed a disturbing incident at a political demonstration on our campus this afternoon,” said Chris Davey, university spokesman, in a statement to The Lantern. “As we said last week, the safety of our students and freedom of speech are bedrock, immutable principles that are the foundation of our university.”
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