They haven’t learned one blankety-blank thing, have they?
And then you have the dishonest reporting about supposed “crimes” committed by Trump supporters against gays, minorities, etc. Even though they haven’t produced one instance verified by evidence or credible eyewitnesses.
Certainly, they’ve tried. Like this incident at Ohio State University involving a “Trump supporter” assaulting anti-Trump protesters –
Looks bad, right? Tim Adams, the protester who got tackled, almost immediately went to have charges filed against Shane Stanton. The story subsequently blew up as an example of violence from Trump supporters against anti-Trump protesters and HOW DARE THEY even be allowed out of the house!
The problem? The attack wasn’t politically motivated at all! According to the OSU student newspaper, Stanton has Asperger Syndrome (it’s a form of autism) and he was probably having a bad reaction to the noise and shouting from the protesters –
Stanton’s mother confirmed to The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday evening that her son has Asperger Syndrome, a developmental condition on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. People with Asperger Syndrome often struggle with social, sensory and communication skills. Friends of Stanton told The Lantern late Monday evening that his condition might have been a factor in his actions.
Lori Shelley, president and executive director the the Asperger Autism Spectrum Education Network, a nonprofit that offers education and advocacy for issues surrounding autism-spectrum conditions, said there was no correlation between Asperger Syndrome and violence. But loud noises and lights can lead to people with Asperger Syndrome acting before thinking about consequences.
Basically, the protest could have been about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and Stanton could still have been set off by the noise and confusion. The topic wasn’t the point – it was the presentation.
Way to use a guy with Asperger’s to perpetuate false stereotypes, guys. Way. To. Freaking. Go.
It gets even worse! The Washington Post quotes friends of Stanton as saying that Stanton actually voted for Hillary Clinton
A friend of Stanton’s also came to his defense in a widely circulated Facebook post. Drew Riedel described Stanton as a “loyal, kind and an incredibly fierce friend” who advocated for gay rights and other causes in what he called the “developmental disabilities” community. He said Stanton was a Hillary Clinton supporter.
To recap: A political protest on a college campus set off a student who sometimes has difficulty processing loud noises and his syndrome caused him to act before thinking. Because the protest was politically motivated, the internet ganged up on the student with a mental disability and made him out to be a super-violent and hateful person and assume that he held opinions that he did not really have. At the same time, this incident was used to make other people look bad and perpetuate a stereotype that all Trump supporters are awful racist bigots.
Who are the hateful and mean ones, again?