By now, you’ve probably seen the video of the Trump supporter who cold-cocked a protester as he was being led out of the rally.
The stunning part was not the punch itself – although an old white man hitting a black protester is loaded with meaning – it was his later comment:
And when asked why he punched the protester, he said: “Number one, we don’t know if he’s ISIS. We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American, cussing me… If he wants it laid out, I laid it out.”
He added: “Yes, he deserved it. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.”
We don’t know if he’s ISIS.
Think about that for a moment. Behind that statement lies a world class ignorance and mind-numbing fear. It’s the statement of a man so uninformed that it beggars the imagine.
“We don’t know if he’s ISIS.”
Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror. That’s the breathtakingly stupid statement of a man who has next to no idea about the world. He only knows he’s been told for years to be afraid and he has faithfully obeyed.
I’m less shocked by the punch than the breathtaking ignorance that motivated it.