Earlier this week, Kino Jimenez, a 30-year-old man living near San Antonio, Texas, was taken into custody by local law enforcement officials for reportedly assaulting and stealing the property of Hunter Richard, a 16-year-old from Florida who was in town visiting friends. Apparently, Jimenez targeted the teen, who was eating at a Whataburger fast food restaurant, because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat, which he ultimately stole.
Shockingly, though, while many were quick to condemn Jimenez’s reprehensible conduct, Marc Lamont Hill, a liberal commentator for CNN, went on Twitter and actually seemed to approve of the attack inside the restaurant. He claimed that MAGA hats “(deliberately) reflect a movement that conjures racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.” His reasoning, though, is not just utterly ridiculous, it’s absolutely sick. Yet despite this, there doesn’t really seem to be any outrage from the so-called “tolerant” left.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 5, 2018
Unsurprisingly, upon seeing Hill’s heartless treatment of the matter, several Twitter users replied to his tweet with sharp criticism.
One user, for instance, wrote, “wo [sic] it’s ok to do this to half the country? So basically you want war?”
In response, Hill tweeted, “I actually don’t advocate throwing drinks on people. Not at all. But yes, I [sic] think MAGA hats (deliberately) reflect a movement that conjures racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. So yes, it’s a little harder to feel sympathy when someone gets Coca-Cola thrown on him.”
I actually don’t advocate throwing drinks on people. Not at all. But yes, i think MAGA hats (deliberately) reflect a movement that conjures racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. So yes, it’s a little harder to feel sympathy when someone gets Coca Cola thrown on him. https://t.co/ASlATau2PF
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 5, 2018
Stunned by his response, another user tweeted, “So based on your logic, it’s ok for me to throw drinks at someone wearing a BLM shirt right?”
In an attempt to clarify, Hill wrote, “no it wouldn’t be. And, AGAIN, I’m not saying it’s ok to trash the person with the MAGA hat. It’s wrong. That’s why I don’t do it. But no, I didn’t lose much sleep over it. And by “much,” I mean any…”
No it wouldn’t be. And, AGAIN, I’m not saying it’s ok to trash the person with the MAGA hat. It’s wrong. That’s why I don’t do it. But no, I didn’t lose much sleep over it. And by “much,” I mean any… https://t.co/5HxwfGVJT9
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 6, 2018
The CNN commentator’s reasoning, however, is extremely problematic due to the fact that it could be used to passively accept cruel treatment against virtually anyone, as noted by the follow-up question asked by the second Twitter user.
In fact, it was only a short time ago that some ignorant white people thought it was okay to assault blacks for what they supported and how they looked. And while there were people who didn’t advocate for the terrible treatment themselves, they, like Hill, didn’t really lose much sleep over the abuse.
Sadly, Hill wasn’t the only one who celebrated the assault against the young teenage boy on social media. Scott Williams, a retired basketball player, also published a tweet, which has since been deleted, that seemed to suggest there was nothing wrong with what Jimenez did.
Specifically, he tweeted, “looks to me like some young Nazi got treated like a Nazi.” Much like with Hill, though, Williams’ reasoning could be used to justify the inhumane treatment of a black person. In the past, for example, countless people used to ignore the mistreatment of blacks by claiming, “looks to me like some young black person got treated like a black person.”
Bafflingly, though, while many on the left appear to be able to clearly understand this when it comes to the treatment of certain minorities, they don’t act consistently and apply the same reasoning to the way they treat the people they politically disagree with.
Alarmingly, Richard is far from the only Trump supporter to be attacked in the past few weeks. Several days ago, for instance, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the current White House Press Secretary, was vilely attacked by Jennifer Rubin, an anti-Trump journalist, and MSNBC contributor.
Specifically, while speaking to Joy Behar, the host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Rubin claimed that Sanders does not have a right to live free of any fuss and should, therefore, be given a “life sentence” of discomfort for supposedly “lying to the press” and “inciting against the press.”
And prior to that, Kathy Griffin, an extremely outspoken anti-Trump comedian, went on ABC’s “The View” and took back the apology that she had previously issued to the president for posing with a fake replica of his bloodied, decapitated head during a photo shoot last year.
What’s worse, in addition to retracting the apology, she went even further and attacked several of President Trump’s family members. On top of that, she also lashed out at Jeff Sessions, the current United States Attorney General (AG) whose only real concern is upholding the rule of law.
While giving a talk at a liberal event earlier this month, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) stated, “if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.”
In an attempt to justify inciting harassment against her opponents, the liberal lawmaker added, “we don’t know what damage has been done to these children. All that we know is they’re in cages. They’re in prisons. They’re in jails. I don’t care what they call it, that’s where they are and Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this.”
Assaulting people or calling for their harassment simply because they have different political politics must not be tolerated and needs to be wholly condemned. Sadly, it doesn’t look like many on the left understand this.