[Marxism] Fwd: ‘Not a Regular Day’: What a Trump Rally Clash Reveals About a Divided Nation - The New York Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 24 07:39:27 MDT 2016

IT WAS A FLEETING CONFRONTATION between two strangers that might have 
otherwise been forgotten.

But the tussle over a Donald J. Trump campaign sign after a June rally 
in San Jose, Calif., has already sent one man, Anthony McBride, to jail 
for six days, and left another, Steven Tong, lamenting the loss of 
civility in our democracy.

The rally where these two lives collided by happenstance erupted into 
one of the most violent episodes of this contentious presidential 
election. Video footage of protesters punching, egging and tackling 
Trump supporters went viral, sparking outrage among Republicans and 
soul-searching among Democrats.

Today, the clashes between ordinary people like Mr. McBride and Mr. Tong 
are playing out in the California courts, in a series of criminal 
prosecutions brought about as Republican officials accused a city led by 
Democrats of failing to protect Trump supporters at the rally.

The San Jose rally and its aftermath may be the most powerful 
illustrations of the dangerous polarization that has gripped the country 
during the 2016 election.

But a closer look at Mr. Tong, one of rally’s 24 victims, and Mr. 
McBride, one of 22 people charged with crimes after the event, suggests 
that there is much that the two men share. The economic struggles and 
personal dreams that guided them that day are not so different, after all.


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