Meet Symone Sanders, a CNN political commentator you’re lucky to have never heard of. Just like many other liberals, she’s ringing the alarm that Donald Trump’s victory will unleash a wave of hate crimes against women, the LGBT community, Hispanics, blacks…. and every single identity except “straight white male” apparently.
"Hate crimes & protests are not the same thing. We cannot normalize this."-@SymoneDSanders
— Laurie Crosswell 🌞 (@lauriecrosswell) November 14, 2016
The audacity of these privileged white folks to sit on tv & basically say hate crimes aren't happening & the coverage is unfair is appalling https://t.co/YXQmjjO4Gn
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) November 14, 2016
To be clear, Sanders’ (no relation to Bernie) concern for your safety disappears if you happen to be white, because in today’s day and age, there’s no racist like an “anti-racist.” As Mediaite reported: Sanders mocked and dismissed a Donald Trump supporter who was beat up by a Chicago mob on CNN Monday because he was white.
Sanders took on Trump for his comments Sunday that his supporters should stop committing hate crimes in his name, saying he needed to go further. “The audacity of privileged white people to sit on national television and question if hate crimes are happening, to just flippantly say ‘stop it, it’s not okay,’ and not put any action behind those words, it’s appalling to me. It’s actually appalling.”
Trump supporter Carl Higbie retorted that there was violence on both sides, and that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hadn’t bothered to denounce the violence at anti-Trump rallies. “I’m sorry, hate crimes and protesting are not the same things…” Sanders responded. “A hate crime is a crime that is committed against somebody because of their religion, because of what they look like, because of their sexual orientation. That’s not the same thing as protesting.”
“What do you say to the people who dragged a poor white guy out of a car and beat him?” asked Higbie.
“Oh my goodness, poor white people! Please!” she responded. “Oh my– stop. Stop, Carl.”
“That’s not protesting!” Higbie said. “Dragging someone out of their car are beating them is not protesting.”
You can watch the mob assault below:
Well, where to begin? You have to be “privileged” to want to see actual evidence — as opposed to just hearsay on Twitter — for supposed hate crimes committed in Trump’s name? Given the large number of hate crimes that have already been proven to be hoaxes in just the past week, being skeptical is more important than ever (though I’m not surprised a liberal is fine doing away with evidence, admittedly).
The difference between the violence committed against Trump supporters by Sanders and her ilk is that we have countless hours of video footage of it, stretching over the past year.
What evidence does Sanders have of hate crimes committed? Social media posts? There’s a reason the overwhelming majority of alleged hate crimes haven’t been reported to police — because most didn’t happen.
If requiring facts and evidence before forming an opinion means being “privileged,” I’ve never been happier to be privileged.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]