When Protesters Become Unhinged Thugs, And Stars Of Gold *Open Thread*


This week has brought a ton of changes courtesy of President Trump hitting the ground running, and executing some orders that are, by and large, good ones. Like telling Border Patrol officers that they can actually start enforcing the law (what a concept!). Or like putting a freeze on the $221 million Obama gave to the Palestinian Authority on his way out the door. There are more, but you get the idea.

So yeah, it was a good week in a lot of ways, I have to say. But I want to talk about something that happened Inauguration night before we get too far past it. And that is to what the title of this post is referring – protesters who become unhinged thugs.

Sadly this seems to be happening more and more often these days. We have heard about the mayhem and chaos created by a number of anti-Trump supporters on Inauguration Day. Store windows were broken, bank windows, a limo was set on fire, and more, all to show Trump voters how horrible Trump is by, um, acting horribly, it seems.

Ah, hell – I don’t know what those thugs and criminals thought they were doing, or if they were just taking advantage of the situation as well as the dripping disdain of the media as well as professors and the DNC regarding All Things Trump. Maybe it is all of the above, I don’t know.

Frankly, I have never understood people who thought that it was A-Okay to destroy private property and impede the freedom of movement by their fellow Americans to get to where they were trying to go.

That is precisely what happened to a couple of Gold Star family members the evening of the Inauguration. Their freedom of movement was impeded tremendously by the anti-Trump factions protesting, rioting, and generally violating people’s civil rights all under the guise of “protesting” a man they are just positive will violate civil rights. Guy Benson from Townhall told the story of what happened to these two women., including this report from one of the women herself, Ryan Manion Borek, at Facebook:

Amy Hastings Looney and I were honored to spend the evening at the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Gala, where 38 Medal of Honor recipients attended. What we did not anticipate was the mobs of people who hid behind the veil of the word “protester”. We were an hour late to the event. First because we could not get around an angry mob in the street that was burning trash cans and smashing windows. When we finally got to the venue, a group of about 75 people separated us from the entrance. Amy and I stood there unsure of what to do. I finally said, let’s just walk. As we made our way through the crowd we were spit at and called some of the worst and most vile things I have ever heard come out of a person’s mouth. These people had such hatred in their eyes when they screamed at us. After leaving the event we walked outside and was first pushed by a man in a mask hiding his face, then told by 2 women that we ruined this country. They screamed this in our faces along as in the face of a little boy that could have been no older then 6. As the one woman screamed the other pushed up against me and colored all over my mom’s shawl I was wearing with permanent marker. I am angry and I am scared. My brother and Amy’s husband gave their lives to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear. The display that took place yesterday from people that truly have no comprehension of that jeopardize what makes this country so great. They hid behind the veil of posing as a “protester”, but they are nothing more then thugs. I wake up this morning so upset that this is what it has come to. I share this with all of you because I think it is important to stop giving these criminals an outlet to demonstrate hate. America, we MUST do better. #characterdoesmatter

Yes, character DOES matter, and we have seen a tremendous lack of that writ large over the past few months for sure, but certainly since Trump won the Election.

But now Trump is President, and this is kind of assault on the wives of men who gave their lives to this country, is beyond despicable.

The other woman mentioned in Borek’s piece, Amy Hastings Looney, was on Fox recently, and she had this to say about her experience Inauguration night:

What a brave woman Looney is to have persevered through those so-called “protesters,” but even more to be so dignified about it all especially given her tremendous loss. That these people so disrespected her, her loss, and her husband’s ultimate sacrifice, is simply unacceptable.

Guy Benson also had a link in his piece of his colleague Mary Katharine Ham, a friend of the Borek family, speaking to CNN about the treatment of these women (you can watch that video at the Federalist). Ham makes some great points in the video, including these, as noted at Townhall:

“I don’t think this [incident] characterizes the [women’s] march and the movement that we saw out here today. I want to be careful about that because I think that that’s something people have unfairly done to conservative movements in the past and to Tea Partiers, where you pick one thing and you go: ‘Look at those awful people out there, their concerns should be dismissed.’ But this is part of the story, as is Madonna saying she thinks about blowing up the White House. Those are not great things. If it were a conservative movement, we would hear a lot about it.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Boy, ain’t THAT the truth.

But that it happened at ALL is, well, DEPLORABLE. There is simply no excuse for impeding, accosting, SPITTING on, yelling at, and defacing clothing of people just because someone THINKS they are of the opposite political party. That level of behavior simply cannot be allowed to stand. People need to get a grip, learn some manners, grow the hell up, learn Civics, or all of the above.

My sympathies to both Looney and Borek for the losses of their Warrior husbands, and for the despicable treatment they received from our fellow Americans. They deserve SO much better than that. We all do.

Enough already of the RAGE RAGE RAGE from the intolerant ones who refuse to respect the First Amendment. They need to be put in the corner and think about that there thing, as Andy Griffith used to say, until they can behave like decent people. Until then, they can just keep their rage to themselves and maybe pick up a copy of the Constitution. They might just learn something.

Maybe they can begin with the video below. The following is in honor of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their Gold Star families:


This is an Open Thread.


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32 Responses to “When Protesters Become Unhinged Thugs, And Stars Of Gold *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great and timely post Amy. We need to call these people out and make sure everyone knows how disgusting their behavior is.

    I can hardly see the monitor of my computer through my tears after watching the wonderful Tribute to Gold Star Families. Pride and pain and love – a powerful and moving message.

    From the left we get fools like Ashley Judd who seemed to be protesting menstruation. Is that that Trump’s fault and is that why Madonna, the old scumbag with the filthy mouth wants to blow up the Trump White House? Their idiocy confuses me.

    I can also only barely contain my rage at the scum that would attack, and yes pushing and spitting and pouring water on people is an ATTACK, people who only wanted to honor the Military and those that dies to give scumbags the right to protest.

    There are some peaceful protesters. But they are now, IMO, a minority. And the scum use them to hide behind so that they can earn their Soros paychecks and turn our streets unsafe for decent people. I do not wish them well.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you, Marge. I appreciate that.

      And I totally understand your response to the Gold Star Families – I was in tears, too. I couldn’t even really tell Suzy what I was watching…

      It is just appalling that people are treating others in this country the way they are no matter WHAT, but especially those who are military families who have lost a loved one in service. It is just horrible.

      I don’t know how we got to this place, but we sure as hell need to get out of it…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t that just ASTONISHING, Marge?? I sure don’t remember women with whom I marched back in the day being this idiotic and vulgar, do you?

      Wow. Talk abt missing the point!

  3. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Isn’t this kind of thing just awful? I know people have never been perfect, but still, not very long ago the rules of polite society applied. Behaving this way was known to be wrong.

    I’ve been speaking to someone locally who believes it’s open season on Trump supporters because we’re all nazis, so not quite human, so violence against us is now ethically okay. It’s somewhat funny, I keep making a point of bumping into this guy, talking to him on facebook. Listen up buddy, I am not a nazi, I’m just a lady, one you’ve known for a long time. People need to put their words to real live people and think about what they are saying.

    I realize many people don’t support Trump,but I have to say,our family has been heavily burdened by fines, fees, penalties, unpaid medical bills, all stemming from Obamacare, just this whole tangled financial web that we could not escape. Within 24 hours Trump signed the Obamacare relief act and lifted a huge burden off of us. Now our family can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it isn’t just another train bearing down on us.

    It’s kind of frustrating that these protesters don’t get that this is about real people’s lives, that our lives matter too, that we were drowning in this mess and no one would listen to us for years. Trump is listening now.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      insanity, I am so sorry to hear abt your troubles. I do hope that the repeal of Obamacare lifts a huge burden off of your family.

      And you know I can relate – higher premiums, higher deductible, higher out of pocket expenses for less coverage is what we have since Obamacare. Just this morning I shelled out over $3,000 for two procedures I am having tomorrow(cervical epidural and MRIs on my shoulders) thanks to our astronomically high deductible. UGH.

      I am dismayed that people are finding ways to dehumanize Trump supporters. As you noted, these are people they KNOW, yet they are now seeing them/you as “less than,” deserving less than civility, the right to freedom of thought and speech. It is beyond disturbing to me.

      And not for nothing, this idiocy abt Trump being Hitler when Nazis were Democratic Socialists is beyond idiotic. Pick up a history book, for heaven’s sake. Wanting to monitor our borders and not allow people in willy nilly is nowhere NEAR building gas chambers to exterminate millions of people. The lack of reason and logic amongst those folks is mind-boggling…

      Good to *see* you. Again, sorry for your troubles. I hope all of these changes will clear the path for you and your family, insanity!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      So sorry to hear about your troubles Insanity. Let’s hope that Trump does what he said he would, although he will have to fight other Republicans to do that.

      63 millions Americans voted for Trump. I wasn’t one of them but so far he is doing many things that I would have voted for if I’d believed him. He’s proving me wrong so far in many ways and that’s just fine with me.

      The idiots calling Trump supporters “Nazis” are just that, idiots. They are also ignorant. If they knew anything about Nazis they would stop saying such stupid things. But then their behavior, as well as their words show that they are both ignorant and stupid.

      They act like thugs and call Trump supporters Nazis and haters. No self-awareness there.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Right there with you, Marge. I didn’t vote for Trump, but I damn sure am glad he is making some of the changes he is. Abt damn time the people were heard on issues like Obamacare, Immigration, and taxes.

        And yeah, these people attacking Trump supporters by calling them Nazis ARE idiots…

        LOL abt the 30 million women…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Senator Rand Paul Introduces Replacement for Obamacare

    Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced his comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare after the Republicans, as they claim they intend to, fully repeal it.

    Paul calls it the “Obamacare Replacement Act” (S. 222), naturally. Among its key provisions:

    • Provides a two-year open-enrollment period under which individuals with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.

    • Restores HIPAA pre-existing conditions protections. Prior to Obamacare, HIPAA guaranteed those within the group market could obtain continuous health coverage regardless of preexisting conditions.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That sounds good and reasonable. People forget abt that whole HIPAA thing sometimes…

      Thanks for this, Marge. Looks like a decent replacement to me.

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  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Women’s March Moonbats Desecrate Daughters of the American Revolution Founders Memorial

    Like all large gatherings of moonbats, the so-called Women’s Marches left behind mounds of garbage. Some of it buried the Daughters of the American Revolution Founders Memorial, which was also vandalized with blue paint. Via Legal Insurrection, Britt Dorr Elwell responds on behalf of DAR:

    Some of you left behind these charming posters in “tribute” or “protest” and in doing so desecrated our Founders Memorial at our headquarters in DC. Ironically, the largest building complex privately built, owned, operated and maintained entirely by women in the world. The ladies who volunteer of their personal funds and time to care for our great hall will MARCH out today to clean up your mess. A minor inconvenience, really, as the proud ladies of the DAR have pledged to contribute a minimum of 19 million service hours and $25,000,000 to our endowment fund over the next 2 years.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, no they DIDN’T!!! WTH is WRONG with these people? While I am not officially a member – only because I never joined, I most definitely AM a DAR. This pisses me off for the sheer disregard for history, and WOMEN, the marchers for women’s rights (?) displayed.

      They are IDIOTS…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I can’t imagine why these women would do this. The DAR, as you indicated are a part of our history. But that doesn’t seem to matter any more. These idiots are no better than ISIS destroying monuments and history in the ME. The scope is different – the age of the monument is different but the mindset is the same.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is an interesting read from the Center for Politics abt voters in the last election.

    Of particular note – Trump flipped Kenosha County: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/the-2016-presidential-vote-a-look-down-in-the-weeds/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      LOL that the article mentioned Kenosha, County, WI. It not only surprised the pundits, it surprised a lot of us here in the heart of Union country. Still, not as easy to just check us off politically when you know that Paul Ryan wins here every two years regular as clockwork.

      To me the most amazing number is that Trump won 85% of the counties in the country and Hillary won 15%.

      The votes of California and New York never deviate from the left. They don’t even make the politicians work for their vote. That’s kind of sad isn’t it?

      Too many on the right don’t either. Who wants to be that predictable? We need to stop voting for the magic “R” or “D”. We need to never allow any politician to take us for granted.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Pretty cool, right? And yes, you would think that since Ryan keeps winning there they might just take a clue, but still – pretty wild, right?

        That is indeed surprising abt the counties won by Trump vs. Clinton. WOW.

        And you are so right abt politicians being able to take us for granted. I realize it takes more work to actually LEARN abt the candidates, but that is what it takes to make sure you are electing the best person (hopefully). Just way too easy to belong to a particular “tribe,” as you have noted before, and go for the Party Letter of Choice…

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ben Shapiro: The Left’s Vagina-Based Politics Demeans Women

    Last Saturday, in an attempt to demonstrate outrage at … at … well, at something , some three million people across the country, mostly women, participated in women’s marches. The scattershot platform for the march included public funding for contraception and abortion, equal pay, protections for illegal immigrants, anti-Israel activism and taxpayer-subsidized tampons, among other disparate causes. What united them? Hatred for the reality that Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States on Friday.

    Two contrasting images emerged from the march itself: first, people filling the streets out of pure, unadulterated but vaguely motivated frustration; second, some of the most egregiously perverse speeches and signage in modern political history. While the left celebrated the first image — isn’t this a sign of a political uprising in the making? — it ignored the second image, which is far more likely to backfire than to generate enthusiasm.


  9. kenoshamarge Says:

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    ObamaCare Architect: Actually, Our Law Was Never Intended to Help Everyone

    By Guy Benson

    After orchestrating a relentless campaign of deception about the law he designed, established liar Jonathan Gruber and his fellow propagandists have since made a series of admissions about Obamacare that undercut the mendacious sell-job he helped pioneer.

    Gruber stated privately, on several occasions, that his future analysis of the legal battle over state-based exchanges and subsidy eligibility would be dishonest, conceding the core argument of those anti-ObamaCare lawsuits.

    Another ObamaCare architect, Zeke Emanuel, finally confessed that people really couldn’t necessarily keep their doctors and plans — and that maybe the law wasn’t especially “affordable” after all.

    Now here’s Gruber sparring with Tucker Carlson last night, tossing another key Obamacare marketing slogan overboard. Democrats promoted their partisan scheme as a win/win panacea that would benefit everybody.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t it just incredible the cynical manner by which these men orchestrated this MASSIVE boondoggle?? How many BILLIONS of tax dollars did they waste with this thing? And they KNEW it all the time they were mouthing these empty platitudes/soundbytes. Just unbelievable.

      GOod for Tucker for getting Gruber to tell the truth. That is something right there!

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    I debated with myself all day about posting this image. In the end my evil twin won the argument. As she does so often.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      AHAHAHAHA – I think it is hilarious. I am glad the evil twin won out! 😀

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Glad you liked it Rev – not everyone has our somewhat screwball sense of humor, the best kind IMO.

        Also it maybe that I’ve lived so long in this PC culture that some of it has penetrated my thinking. Against my will I might add.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I know exactly what you mean, Marge. It makes me mad too when I find myself running everything through a PC filter.

          The joke is just funny – and I love that we have a similar sense of humor!

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

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    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Actually I read somewhere that some transgenders are upset because so many of the women are wearing the pussy hats or are dressed like vaginas. That’s funny.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I saw that too, Marge. Isn’t that just incredible?? We have lost our minds as a culture if we allow a tiny number of people who have gender dysphoria (or however it is spelled) guilt-tripping people who ARE comfortable in our gender. I mean, come on. WTH already?? Are we REALLY going to capitulate to a small number of people many of who, quite honestly, have mental problems???

        Good grief.

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