Leftist in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence threat­ens di­a­logue — and lives

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

Some­one will get killed soon. Some­one on the right will be killed for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons. See, the cul­ture of vi­o­lence on the left is grow­ing and no one on the left even seems to mind.

In Aus­tralia former prime min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott was head­but­ted, pro­test­ers at­tacked me out­side a book launch and the Her­ald Sun’s Mark Knight had death threats made against him for draw­ing a car­toon of Ser­ena Williams that ac­tivists falsely deemed racist.

The fas­cist left use vi­o­lence to shut down meet­ings of the right. They at­tacked peo­ple try­ing to hear a speech in Mel­bourne by Dutch po­lit­i­cal leader Geert Wilders, or a din­ner with Aus­tralian Con­ser­va­tives leader Cory Bernardi. They also at­tacked the au­di­ences of gay lib­er­tar­ian Milo Yiannopou­los and Cana­dian film­maker Lau­ren South­ern, and this month ha­rassed peo­ple at­tend­ing a talk by former Bri­tish UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Mel­bourne.

Last week so­cial­ists at Syd­ney Univer­sity man­han­dled stu­dents try­ing to lis­ten to a speech by con­ser­va­tive psy­chol­o­gist Bet­tina Arndt, yet still vir­tu­ally no MPs speak against this cul­ture of vi­o­lence. Are con­ser­va­tives now too evil to de­fend?

It’s worse in the US, where the left’s hate speech against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is whip­ping mobs into a frenzy. Demo­crat Max­ine Wa­ters urged left­ists to ha­rass Trump of­fi­cials in the street: “You tell them they’re not wel­come any­more, any­where.”

It worked, with Repub­li­can Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell con­fronted in the street by a mob and Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen hav­ing pro­test­ers picket her home.

Celebri­ties dial up the hate, too, with “co­me­dian” Kathy Grif­fin pos­ing with Trump’s ap­par­ently sev­ered head, ac­tor Robert De Niro say­ing he wants to punch Trump and Johnny Depp sug­gest­ing as­sas­si­na­tion. This can’t end well.

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