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Tap Dancing with the Donald

Thing happening only at Trump Rallies, not Trump’s Fault.

I watch CNN fairly regularly, and I sometimes think about the election season and what a sweet deal it must be to be on a “panel.” These panelists are recycled daily and often make rounds on several shows during a given week.

Throughout this presidential primary season, Kayleigh McEnany has been on CNN as a regular member of these panels. I’ve read some of her columns here and, while she is frustratingly predictable in her partisanship, she makes a point now and then that is definitely worth contemplating. She often challenges me on my own biases.

What she has been doing lately, has got to be wearing on her. The routine is that the group watches a video of a protester being punched and kicked at a Trump rally and it is her job to explain how the protester is at fault – every time. Whenever it occurs, she is saddled with the job of explaining that even if a supporter might possibly be wrong, it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.

The pitch is that these protesters come into Trump rallies to be disruptive; that somehow they are either dangerous to the Trump supporters who are present and must be dealt with severely, or at the very least, they provoked the crowd to become violent against them.

As an individual with two eyes, I can see that these protesters are attempting to make the news, or at least get some attention, but should it really be a predictable outcome that doing so will get you beat up? Doesn’t it say anything about Trump, or the people who love him?

Making excuses for violent Trump supporters just seems to be a bit unnecessary and is kind of harmful to our culture.