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Trump Supporters Prove Not All Protesters Are Thugs

By Bill Donohue | November 6, 2020 | 5:00pm EST
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally in front of an Arizona ballot counting building. (Photo credit: YouTube/CBS This Morning)
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally in front of an Arizona ballot counting building. (Photo credit: YouTube/CBS This Morning)

The difference between the pro-Trump and the pro-Biden protesters in the aftermath of the election is stark. The former were peaceful; the latter were violent.

Nothing symbolizes the difference between the protesters more than what happened on Thursday in Phoenix and Portland. In Phoenix, Trump supporters gathered outside of Arizona's Maricopa County elections office to pray; they did so the night before as well. 

In Portland, the protesters (they were certainly anti-Trump if not necessarily pro-Biden) vandalized a Catholic church, one known for its outreach to the poor and homeless. Even Oregon Gov. Kate Brown couldn't believe what happened, saying "they shattered the windows of a church that feeds Oregonians in need."

The violence that left-wing activists engaged in has been going on all year. But this week, they kicked it up a notch.

On election night, several arrests were made in Seattle when left-wing activists took to the streets. They left nails in a roadway and destroyed property. That same night in Washington D.C., Trump supporters were stabbed near the White House and a police van was vandalized. In Minneapolis, police were attacked, fires were set, and property was damaged; a minimum of 14 people were arrested for assault or rioting. In Los Angeles, more than 40 individuals were arrested for creating havoc.

On Wednesday, Portland exploded, necessitating the presence of the National Guard. Loaded rifles were taken, as were explosive devices, knives, and spray-paint. That same night, left-wing protesters took over downtown Minneapolis and Interstate 94. 

Also on Wednesday, New York City was the scene of dozens of arrests. Fires were set, the head of the NYPD was attacked, and another officer was assaulted. Devina Singh, a crazed woman with an arrest record, spat in the face of a police officer, taunting him with profanity. 

On Thursday, a protester tried to choke a police officer with a chain and many arrests were made.

Now contrast the Trump haters with the Trump supporters. On Thursday, they showed up in Philadelphia and Milwaukee waving American flags. In Las Vegas, no fewer than 400 protesters gathered outside of Clark County Election Department blasting patriotic anthems over loud speakers while waving American flags.

Not all protesters are thugs. For the most part, conservatives are prayerful and patriotic. They do not attack the police, set fires, loot, and vandalize churches. It is those on the left who act like savages, the ones that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris find it hard to condemn.

Bill Donohue is president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and is the author of eight books and many articles.

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