Wednesday, November 16, 2016

RMHS Protest Gets Rough

Students from Richard Montgomery High School protested today. Unfortunately the news is going to be that a kid in a Trump hat got beaten up.

WASHINGTON – A march of students in Rockville, Maryland, protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency turned violent on Wednesday morning as a teenager wearing a Trump hat was beaten.

Hundreds of students from Richard Montgomery High School were marching near the Rockville courthouse on Maryland Avenue in a protest that began at about 10 a.m. when a 15-year-old boy wearing one of the Trump campaign’s “Make American Great Again” hats was “beaten down, to be honest,” by about four students.

The student was taken away in an ambulance. WTOP’s Nick Iannelli reports that he wasn’t seriously hurt. No one has been arrested yet, but police officers are talking with witnesses.

There’s a large police presence around the protest, but there were no further problems. The students returned to the school’s football field at about 11:30 a.m. Trump supporter, 15, beaten during Rockville protest
What you will see now is everyone, whether they support or oppose Trump, and including me, decrying the violence.

For instance, County Councilman George Leventhal:

Also this sort of thing:

Let's keep in mind the contrast between this and incidents where attendees at Trump rallies were roughed up while the crowd cheered and the candidate offered to pay legal fees for those charged with assault.


Anonymous remember, safety first! said...

November 16, 2016 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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The #GrabYourWallet movement is making a list, checking it twice.

November 16, 2016 1:43 PM  
Anonymous poor ben said...

or, you could just rely on discriminating good taste

have you seen how tacky he has made the Old Post Office?

November 16, 2016 2:02 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hopefully the perpetrators will be caught and punished in full display of the public.

November 16, 2016 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WaPo reports:

"A Maryland high school student wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after he scuffled with a group of anti-Trump protesters who punched and kicked him during an argument, according to police.

Police said the injured student was from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and had joined hundreds of students who poured into the streets to speak out against Trump and the divisiveness of his remarks during the presidential campaign.

About 10:30 a.m., as the students streamed up Maryland Avenue, a verbal confrontation broke out between the student wearing the cap that had the campaign slogan of President-elect Donald Trump and another student, said Rockville Police Maj. Michael England.

Soon, four other students jumped in, and the student wearing the Trump hat was punched and kicked, England said. The student ended up on the ground in the grass near the county office building.

England said the incident is under investigation, but no charges have been filed. The injured student had some scrapes, he said, and was “a little woozy, a little unclear about what happened.”

A parent who looked on as the students marched said she saw the Trump supporter join the marchers belatedly and begin to argue with them. She said she tried to defuse the situation and that the student argued with her, too. She said he told her, “I have my right to free speech too,” and then he looked at the crowd and said, “Go home.” She did not see the later physical confrontation.

The scuffle came as several hundred Richard Montgomery students left their classes about 10 a.m. Wednesday and joined in a march and protest that converged on the old Montgomery County District Courthouse. Montgomery school district officials estimated that 300 to 400 students were involved.

The students chanted “Not My President” and many carried signs that said “Stronger Together” and “Love Trumps Hate,” campaign slogans of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Their walkout came as high schools locally and nationally have taken to the streets, saying they were too young to vote in the presidential election but wanted their voices to be heard.

In the Washington region, hundreds of students from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring walked out Monday, their demonstration gaining strength as they were joined by students from Northwood and Albert Einstein high schools during a protest that lasted more than three hours.

In downtown Washington, a couple thousand middle and high school students protested Tuesday, crowding streets and chanting until they arrived at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Students from Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest D.C. organized the protest, which attracted their peers from schools throughout the city. They said they wanted to make their voices heard and to show Trump that, despite his campaign’s divisive rhetoric, their diverse ranks would stand united.

George Washington University students also participated in an anti-bigotry rally Tuesday in front of the White House, demanding that their school issue statements vowing to protect minority students and reproductive health care on campus."

November 16, 2016 3:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Allan Lichtman, a political historian at American University has correctly called every election since 1984. He is now predicting a Trump impeachment.

November 16, 2016 5:06 PM  
Anonymous it's just a paper moon said...

the time is not far off when black America figures out that the Dems have sold 'em a bill of goods for years

November 16, 2016 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

November 16, 2016 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hateful acts are on the rise, and it’s Trump’s responsibility to take a stand

November 17, 2016 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NYPD: Hate crimes are up 31 percent since last year

"...Most of these crimes are due to a rise in anti-Muslim and anti-"sexual orientation" sentiment.

Last week alone, there were 11 reported hate crime incidents, which NYPD officials believe may be attributed to the turbulent election of Donald Trump.

Swastikas were found drawn on dorm rooms occupied by Jewish students at the New School, reports the New York Daily News, among other incidents.

But the trend isn't unique to New York City.

The FBI recorded 257 reports of attacks on Muslim people and mosques around the country, reports DNAInfo. That's the single highest number in a year since 2001, when the FBI recorded 49 incidents.

As well, a Muslim students reported an alleged hate crime incident at a university in California.

Protests have broken out across New York City and around the country after Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton. Trump has denounced the protestors, telling "60 Minutes" that people are protesting, "because they don't know me," and that they need to "stop it."

It's not because people don't know the Pu--y Predator President Elect. It's because he encouraged his supporters to violence with remarks like "I'd like to punch him in the face I tell ya" and Donald Trump Says It’s ‘Very Appropriate’ For His Supporters To Beat Protesters At Rallies

November 17, 2016 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


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November 17, 2016 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

University of Louisiana: PRO-Trump chalk was littered in front of the EGD library last night.

Two crime alerts classified as “Ethnic intimidation” were issued by the University of Michigan on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14.

Fortunately, University of Michigan campus rallies around Muslim Americans in wake of ethnic intimidation attacks

An Update to the Penn Community on Racist Messages Directed at Penn Students

U. of Oklahoma student to be suspended for racist group message after Penn Police, FBI investigation

On the morning after the election, a student at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering found the word “Trump!” scrawled on the door of the Muslim prayer room. The Muslim Students Association posted bout the vandalism on their Facebook page. In response, student held a rally Thursday.

November 17, 2016 7:45 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "the time is not far off when black America figures out that the Dems have sold 'em a bill of goods for years"

Right, Republicans are better for blacks than Democrats, thats why Republicans passed dozens of laws to suppress the black vote and closed 800 polling places across the south almost exclusively in black neighbourhoods - blacks are going to see Republicans are better for them so Republicans want to stop them from voting.


November 17, 2016 12:18 PM  
Anonymous The lowest of the low said...

Trump Favorability Up, but Trails Other Presidents-Elect


-42% now view Trump favorably, up from 34% before election
-Highest rating for Trump since 2011
-Other recent president-elect favorable ratings were 58% or higher

"PRINCETON, N.J. -- Donald Trump's favorable rating has improved from 34% to 42% after his election as president. While a majority in the U.S. still have an unfavorable view of him, his image is the best it has been since March 2011 when 43% viewed him positively.

Gallup measured opinions of Trump infrequently from 1999 through 2015, and then on a continuous basis from June 2015 through the election. Americans have consistently viewed Trump more negatively than positively. The sole exception in Gallup's trend came in 2005, when Trump's reality show The Apprentice was among the most popular TV programs. At that time, 50% of Americans had a favorable opinion of Trump and 38% an unfavorable one.

Trump's favorability ratings have increased among all political party groups since the election. Republicans have shown the greatest increase -- 11 percentage points -- to 82%. Thirty-nine percent of independents, up from 32%, and 10% of Democrats, up from 5%, view Trump positively.

Other Presidents-Elect Viewed Much More Positively

Gallup has asked Americans to rate political figures using the current favorable/unfavorable format since 1992. The last three presidents-elect had much higher favorable ratings at comparable time periods than Trump currently does. Then President-elect Barack Obama had the highest favorable rating, 68%, in November 2008. Fifty-nine percent of Americans viewed George W. Bush positively just after the Supreme Court effectively decided the 2000 election in his favor in December of that year. Bill Clinton's favorable ratings were also just shy of 60% after he won the 1992 election.

Trump's ratings lag behind those of other presidents-elect in large part because Democrats' views of him are much worse than the opposition party's supporters' ratings have been in the past. Whereas 10% of Democrats view Trump favorably, 25% of Republicans had a positive opinion of Clinton, 31% of Democrats had a positive opinion of Bush and 35% of Republicans viewed Obama favorably.

Trump's favorable rating among independents, 39%, is also significantly worse than those of his predecessors. It is 15 points lower than Clinton's rating among independents and 31 points worse than Obama's.

And Trump's 82% favorability among his party's supporters also is lower than that for prior presidents-elect, which range from 88% for Clinton to 95% for Obama.


Trump, like his predecessors, will have to govern a nation that is divided politically. But Trump's challenge may be even greater, because the nation is arguably more divided than when his predecessors took office, perhaps as evidenced by several days of protests nationwide after his election. Trump also has far less public goodwill than Obama, Bush and Clinton did after they were elected. He won the election despite a historically low favorability rating and is the first candidate to win with a lower favorable rating than his opponent.

However, Trump's favorability is improving. His inauguration may provide an additional boost in popularity, and all prior presidents have enjoyed a "honeymoon period" in the initial months of their presidency. But with so much ground to make up in public support, and a difficult presidential transition for a political newcomer to navigate, Trump may very well start his term with the lowest job approval ratings for any president...

November 18, 2016 9:28 AM  
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