Scoot: Does anti-Trump trend of “milkshaking” violate the 1st Amendment?

July 01, 2019 - 2:10 pm

When did defending freedom of speech become an action of the alt-right?

There appears to be a growing trend in America of liberal activists showing their disgust for the Trump administration by taking action in public. Last summer, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia when some employees did not want to serve her because of her association with President Trump.

Last week, an employee of a trendy Chicago nightclub spit on Eric Trump. Secret Service stepped in and considered the female spitter’s actions an assault on the President’s son. The Chicago Police Department assisted.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot described the spitting incident as “repugnant” and said “no one deserves that.” Mayor Lightfoot also went on to say that Eric Trump was “very gracious” for not pressing charges and said while she does not agree with a lot of things that President Trump stands for – “You absolutely cross the line when you intentionally target someone for that kind of treatment.”

An article in the Washington Examiner titled: “Anti-Trump fever takes threatening turn” – conservative journalist Byron York mentioned two op-ed articles recently in the New York Times and the Washington Post that he said rationalizes “denying Trump supporters public accommodations and for doxing career federal employees.” York also pointed out that an weekend op-ed in the New York Times, which included a London human rights professor asking people to “doxx” border agents. Doxxing is the posting or any public attempt to expose person things about individuals.

Conservative journalist, Andy Ngo, was “milkshaked” by Antifa members as he was covering a Proud Boys rally in Portland, OR. Ngo was also kicked and punched.

Comedian and creator of the British version of The Office Ricky Gervais received strong backlash for criticizing the “milkshaking” trend in America. Gervais said that the act of throwing a milkshake on someone should be considered assault and said “I’m an old fashioned liberal lefty, champagne socialist type of guy.” He wondered why standing up for freedom of speech suddenly made him a member of the alt-right Nazi movement.

The lack of basic understanding of the First Amendment exists on both sides of the political boundary line, but right now there is focus on liberals taking action against supporters of President Trump that contradict freedom of speech.

As I argued after Sarah Sanders was refused service at a Virginia restaurant, this is America and we should put politics aside when it comes to the basic freedom to enjoy every aspect of living in America – and that includes dining at a restaurant with employees that disagree with a customer’s political views.

Following the spitting incident with Eric Trump – I was vocal about the inappropriateness of the action taken by the employee of a cocktail lounge violating personal freedom and space of the son of the President.

The actions taken by liberals to express their discontent with President Trump and Republicans further illustrates that we are a nation that is willing to consider an individual’s political affiliation to be more of a defining characteristic than just being an American.

It is imperative to maintaining the spirit of America that we all find a way to see each other as Americans first, and being the member of a political party should always be secondary.

Anything less than accepting each other as Americans first is a tragic violation to the First Amendment of the Constitution.


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