People planning to lead “demonstrations” and “protests” near the Republican National Convention are offering training on how to stay calm and safe, and are seeking the support of civil rights organizations to provide bail and legal representation for people who are arrested. Some are being trained to make video recordings of the use of force by police or attacks by pro-Trump groups.
One leader of a group, Bryan Hambly, was quoted in The Boston Globe as saying, “[Trump] is good at driving the narrative . . . ”
What Hambly and others are overlooking is the real meaning of that statement. What they don’t realize is that Trump has already driven the narrative and that protesters are as much his puppets as are the mindless hordes who support him (and as am I for posting this).
All the protests will do is fuel Trump’s press coverage and name recognition.
How many voters do you think will vote on issues, character, leadership, or gravitas? A lot fewer than will vote based on name recognition and sound bytes.
The street-level protesters are not driven by ideology so much as by a deep desire for their “fifteen minutes of fame.” They are unaware that they are being used by their organizers as much as by their opposition.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.