by Daveda Gruber:
Where is the Christian right?
Fights broke out and at least one American flag was burned Saturday. At college Republican rally in Seattle at the University of Washington.
The rally in Seattle drew counter-protesters after the Republican group had invited members of Patriot Prayer group in Vancouver, Washington, to speak in the university’s Red Square for a “freedom rally.”
College Republicans President Chevy Swanson told the Seattle Times that the goals were to bring conservatives together and promote free-speech rights.
As the event got underway, supporters chanted “U-S-A!, U-S-A!,” and signs included one that read, “We died for liberty not socialism.”
Five people were arrested, American flags burned and police officers used bicycle barricades and pepper spray to separate demonstrators at the University of Washington’s Red Square today https://t.co/0w3YQfujWo
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) February 11, 2018
Police on the move as fights broke out and opposition crowd moves in front of Suzzallo library. Very peaceful on Patriots Prayer side. pic.twitter.com/DREqfpEVmf
— Tatevik Aprikyan (@TatevikAprikyan) February 10, 2018
How much did the protestors get paid? Who paid them? Where did they come from? Answers are requested.
— Daveda Gruber (@DavedaGruber) February 11, 2018
Violence was going to start when some counter-protesters voiced their goals.
More than 1,000 counter-protesters showed up to oppose the event.
One counter-protester said, “We’re here to fight back against the far right and fascism on our campus.”
Another added, “I’m not a fan of the president, and these people are fans. So I want to come out here and say this is not OK. And what you’re doing is not OK.”
Several skirmishes broke out and police responded with pepper spray.
University of Washington police said those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct.
They said that no officers were injured.
The school’s president had warned students to avoid the area.
University officials had been worried about the potential for violence at the rally.
Kathryn Townsend, who said she voted for Donald Trump in 2016 said, “I learned that they thought my vote was a hate crime.”
Why is there a sense of worry when Christian Republican speak of prayer? Why does this inspire the American flag to be burned? There are people who don’t want freedom.
Why is voting for the candidate of your choice a hate crime? They hate the idea of freedom loving Patriots.
As you can see in my Twitter reply, I have questions.