The BBC News website has a striking article on the Trump protests yesterday:
If Donald Trump had been inclined to wind down a bullet-proof window in The Beast as he passed through central London, he may well have wound it straight back up.
The public were kept a long way from his motorcade but the boos were loud, the placards stark and the general message expletive-laden.
Within the first few breezy paragraphs, the BBC reporter - Marie Jackson - twice describes the protests as being typically British ("British satire was on display", "It was all very British").
If you look beyond the BBC though, say to Sky, you find there was a nastier side to these protests. Here's a non-Sky take, so that you can watch the video here:
WATCH | Anti-Trump psychopaths surround a Trump supporter, scream in his face, and milkshake him for not being part of their warped hard-left cult.— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) June 4, 2019
So much for "a kinder, gentler politics"...pic.twitter.com/abNhuV8geW
I see, by the way, that Emily Thornberry has condemned this act - a spur for the BBC to cover it?:
This is wrong and is a stain on a great event. Well done to those who went to this Trump supporter's defence. This is not what we should ever be about.Yet ITV shows what was probably an even nastier incident:
'When you act like that, you act like Donald Trump'— ITV News (@itvnews) June 4, 2019
An elderly supporter of the US president is pushed to the ground during anti-Trump protests in London https://t.co/hDO99JOJ8h pic.twitter.com/nSWADhQEto
The elderly man is more than just pushed to the ground. He was manhandled first.
As Maajid Nawaz more accurately puts it, this video shows "vicious far-left “anti-racist” thugs beat to the ground an elderly British Trump supporter". (It provoked Dan Hannan to tweet, "For the love of God, what is happening to this country?")
These incidents, incidentally, led to an interesting exchange on Twitter between a man of the Left and a woman of the Right which I thought I'd share with you:
Paul Embery: I have absolutely nothing in common with the screeching, hectoring, intolerant, group-thinking, fanatical, illiberal modern Left. They - and their apologists - are a disgrace to the fine traditions of the labour movement.
Suzanne Evans: Except this is nothing new Paul. I got ‘Tory Scum’ screamed in my face by an angry mob, just like this, back in 2010. Like anti-Semitism, UK Labour has let it fester for decades, indeed, it’s been encouraging it by saying and doing nothing.