Trump has said before that peaceful protests are the hallmark of democracy....But Trump has also pushed back against protests, especially the Black Lives Matter movement. We reviewed his record.
To illustrate Trump's pushback against protests, especially Black Lives Matter protests, PolitiFact led with a lengthy subsection on former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, while doing his job for an NFL football team, knelt during the National Anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter cause. The performance of the National Anthem precedes the start of NFL games.
That's a big "if."
Apparently PolitiiFact finished with Trump's focus in opposition to Black Lives Matter, moving on to Mr. Trump's intolerance of heckling at his campaign rallies.
Leading up the 2016 election, then-candidate Trump reserved harsh words for protesters who popped up at his rallies, including those whose actions were peaceful.
But PolitiFact lacks the good grace to return to the dugout after merely three strikes:
We're not sure how PolitiFact deduced that Trump was talking about peaceful protests in his tweet. He wasn't responding to anybody else's tweet. We suppose that PolitiFact's sole evidence was the date of the tweet plus Trump's use of the word "mob." Because fact-checking?
When opponents of placing Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court marched and rallied, Trump referred to them as "a mob" and tagged all Democrats in the midterm elections as "too extreme and too dangerous to govern."
"Republicans believe in the rule of law — not the rule of the mob," Trump tweeted Oct. 11, 2018.
Are we playing "Pin the Context on the Tweet" or what?
You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob. Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law - not the rule of the mob. VOTE REPUBLICAN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2018
And how would opposing giving in to protestors' demands oppose their right to protest? Is it appropriate to conflate opposition to protestors' demands with opposition to their right to peacefully protest?
Isn't that exactly what PolitiFact is doing?
It appears to us that PolitiFact argues that one cannot support peaceful protest without supporting the specific demands of the peaceful protestors.
But that's insane isn't it?
A fair examination of the topic must draw the distinction between supporting the right to protest and supporting the specific cause of the protestors.
Strike four. Go sit down, PolitiFact.