By Gabrielle Seunagal
Mayhem ensued in Berkeley, California yesterday when anti Trump Americans gathered in protest to demand that the President release his tax returns. Berkeley police officers reported that fights broke out and fireworks were thrown into the crowds. Videos of the insanity surfaced across social media, leaving civilians to speculate over potential hidden motives behind the riots. One woman cited liberal billionaire George Soros as the inspiration behind the violence, while someone else claimed that a woman was punched in the face by a white supremacist.
Berkeley, which was once renowned as the home of the free speech movement, has woefully lost that title. To many Americans, yesterday’s rally served as a prime example of people who exercise the act of censoring others whose opinions happen to collide or clash with their own. A plethora of cases have ensued where Trump supporters have been insulted, attacked, or even physically assaulted. It is unfortunate that so many people are determined to silence their political opposition, especially in a nation that calls itself “the land of the free.”
When will Americans learn that attending so called protests is useless and counterproductive? Past behavior is the most reliable indicator of future behavior, and recent events have proven time and time again that protests breed riots. Riots innately engender chaos, destruction, and preventable injuries. Those who aspire to make a political statement should seek other methods besides gathering in the streets. Several people were arrested last night and more arrests will inevitably be made as police officers review video footage on social media. Any point that protesters attempted to make yesterday was futile and countless rioters will suffer as a consequence for their dangerous and foolish actions.