Pro-Trump protesters shouted down Democratic state lawmakers during a town hall forum in Whittier, California. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)
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Protesters wearing Trump hats and shirts shouted down California's attorney general and the state's assembly majority leader during a forum at Whittier College on October 5.
Here's video of the pro-Trump protesters interrupting the Democrats:
In the video of the altercation, an audience member demands that CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra answer if they're going to work with U.S. General Attorney Jeff Sessions and with ICE, presumably over arresting illegal immigrants. When they refuse to answer, protesters yell "fraud" at him.
At another point, a protester asks why they won't have a town hall meeting in Mexico. Police tried to get protesters to stop interrupting, but they continued on. Protesters yelled at the California lawmakers, calling them "morons" and "lawbreakers."
The pro-Trump protesters yelled slogans like "Americans first," "obey our laws," "enforce our laws," "work with ICE," and "work with our president."
Was their protest successful?
If they were just seeking to disrupt, then yes. But it is doubtful that these kinds of aggressive disruptions actually help the political agenda they're seeking to spread.
Stanley Kurtz at National Review outlined the conservative argument against such protests and why they can be counter-productive:
Whether these disruptors were students or not, this is a very bad sign. Commentators both right and left have warned leftist campus disruptors that they are endangering their own rights by shouting down others. That kind of danger may be hard to take seriously on campuses where the left clearly dominates. Yet in a deeply divided country, the end of free speech for some could easily cascade into chaos, conflict, and the end of freedom for all.
These Pro-Trump disruptors may not have been students, but their methods and message could spread. If we don’t stop the epidemic of shout-downs now, chaos and civil conflict may follow someday soon.
While it may be satisfying to see the left have to deal with the kind of bullying the right has been exposed to, all this does is bring everyone down to the lowest level.
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.