I don’t think these folks would like me either
Whoever said that fascism would come to America in the guise of anti-fascism got it right. The College Republicans chapter at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri invited me to speak Thursday. Last week, this invitation came to the attention of a young Kirksville resident who called herself Bella Waddle; Waddle tweeted (her tweets are now protected, but I was able to capture plenty of them in time): “Truman’s College Repubs are hosting anti-Muslim extremist Robert Spencer on the 13th. I think y’all know what to do…
#bashthefash,” followed by an emoji of a fist. A friend of Waddle, identified on Twitter only as Sarah, got the point immediately, and tweeted in reply: “PUNCH! HIS! FACE!”
Another individual with “BlackLivesMatter” as part of his Twitter bio voiced indignation at the Islamophobic establishment, even though this was a private event, not sponsored by the university: “
@TrumanState should be ashamed for hosting a bigoted extremist like @jihadwatchRS. Solidarity to those defying this.” Bella Waddle herself was determined to show defiance, tweeting several days before the event: “We’re organizing to make sure he knows he isn’t welcome here. And apparently he’s heard about it.”
Yes, Bella, I have. And after threats to Bella went up in the comments field of my website Jihad Watch – planted there, I strongly suspect, by someone who opposes my speaking at Truman State, in hopes that they would discredit me – Truman State University police heard about it as well. They contacted me, wanting information about the threatening comments (which I deleted as soon as I saw them). I asked them what they were doing about the threats of violence against me. They did not reply.
Meanwhile, a petition went up that now has 647 signatures, calling on Truman State to cancel my appearances. The comments are full of charges that I am a Nazi, a fascist, a liar, etc., without, of course, a shred of substantiation. Being a Left-fascist means never having to prove your claims. If someone is on the Enemies List, if someone is branded as “right-wing,” that’s good enough for these self-righteous and thoroughly indoctrinated Leftists. Proof? That’s for conservatives.
The violence and brutalization of political opponents is a new phenomenon in American politics, but it is becoming increasingly common, and it has a historical antecedent: the Nazi Brownshirts. In The Coming of the Third Reich, historian Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, Stormtroopers (Brownshirts) “organized campaigns against unwanted professors in the local newspapers [and] staged mass disruptions of their lectures.”