SHAPIRO: The Left's Willingness to Tolerate Violence Should Frighten All Americans

SHAPIRO: The Left's Willingness to Tolerate Violence Should Frighten All Americans


Commentary by Ben Shapiro

“Mostly peaceful.”

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So goes the characterization of demonstrations that have routinely turned into looting and rioting for months on end, from Portland to Seattle to New York to Los Angeles. “Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified,” read one recent ABC News tweet. CNN called protests in Portland “mostly peaceful,” adding that “they have at times devolved into violence, vandalism, and arson.” During riots in Los Angeles in June, as the entire county locked down, the Los Angeles Times noted, “The third night of countywide curfews followed days of massive, mostly peaceful protests … Nearly 1,200 people were arrested Sunday after police officers clashed with demonstrators and looters shattered windows and emptied stores in Santa Monica and Long Beach.”

The phrase “mostly peaceful,” then, is rather fungible. Consider that during the tea party protests of 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden reportedly likened

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