The left side of the American political spectrum hasn’t exactly acted normal since President Trump’s stunning win in the general election. Recently many have begun advocating for violence.
One of the more recent examples of the left’s embrace of violence comes from the University of Central Florida, where a student group called the “Knights of Socialism” held a class to teach participants how to “bash the fash.”
According to the event page, a seminar was taught by an amateur boxer, and all were welcome to attend … except Republicans:
In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinxs, Immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis, Knights for Socialism has decided to host a series of self-defense clinics for anyone that wants to learn how to BASH THE FASH.
*This event is open to everyone and anyone, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS.
*Ladies: The Commander in thief is a sexual predator and rapist. He has normalised sexual assault and it is expected that sexual violence against women is going to skyrocket in the next 12 months. Please join us!
Despite the clear statement quoted above, the group later tried to present itself as merely a self-defense class in a follow-up post on the event’s page:
KFS would like to once again reiterate that the sole purpose of this event is to help marginalized communities feel safer from threats, rather perceived or actual, to themselves and their loved ones by establishing a foundation of basic self defense techniques, similar to the self defense clinic’s that many feminist groups help organize. If you have any questions please feel free to message the page! Thank You!
So they want to help “marginalized communities” be safe … unless members of those marginalized communities happen to hold conservative views, that is. In that case, you’re not worth defending.
The troubling aspect of this is that the group is one of many obsessing over physical violence in response to political disagreement lately.
Their later post smacks of a salve to keep UCF’s administrators happy. After all, why talk about “bash the fash” when you’re simply describing a self-defense class? Aren’t there more likely threats to women and minorities besides “fascists”?
Is there some wave of politically motivated rapes of leftists?
Campus Reform reports that despite the Knights’ claim to want to make students safer, their efforts may be having the opposite effect:
Scott Benton, a UCF College Republican, told Campus Reform that he considers the impulse toward violence to be a natural consequence of the intellectual indefensibility of leftists beliefs, saying, “If you can’t hang with someone on a debate stage, then you resort to other means to try and justify your cause.”
Other students, however, say they feel less safe on campus because of the event.
Campus Reform obtained an email exchange in which a UCF student alerts the Dean of Student Conduct, Dana Juntunen, to the existence of the “disturbing event,” to which Juntunen replied by thanking the student for bringing the event to the school’s attention and stating that campus administrators would be “looking further into this.”