Have you ever noticed, gentle readers, whenever a protest occurs and the media thinks a conservative has been involved in violence, it’s wall-to-wall coverage? Have you also noticed that it usually turns out the perpetrator was a registered Democrat, and suddenly, the coverage stops? Even so, every now and then a bit of particularly appropriate irony is revealed by the news. In this case, the East Bay Times reports, from, of all places, California:
A former Diablo Valley College professor was arrested Wednesday in connection with the use of a bike lock in the beating of three people during a rally for President Donald Trump last month, police said Thursday.
Eric Clanton remained in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail at Berkeley Jail on Thursday and is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday at Oakland’s Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse. He was arrested on three counts of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon that isn’t a firearm and assault causing great bodily injury.
General information: pushing or punching someone is generally simple assault (and battery), which is commonly a misdemeanor. Striking someone with an object—a club, a trick, a rock, a bike lock—is generally aggravated assault, a felony. I say “generally” and ”commonly” because such things depend on the specific words of the local statues, but generally, the severity of the charge depends on the severity of the attack and/or the damage inflicted. Here’s some preliminary irony:
In a statement Thursday, police acknowledged that video of the incident, captured by onlookers and posted on social media, helped them identify Clanton as the suspect behind “several violent assaults” that happened April 15 during the demonstration at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
“Martin Luther King Jr. Way.” What better place for violent assaults than a street named after an apostle of non-violence?
“Police confirmed Clanton can be seen in videos hitting people in the head with a U-shaped bicycle lock. Three people received ‘significant injuries’ because of the beatings, police said.”
Clanton is getting off easy in the charges. Oh, and by the way, when committing attempted murder, Clanton was bravely wearing a mask. Blows to the head—even single blows—with metal objects—bike locks of this type are heavy and hardened steel—can kill. He could, and probably should, have been charged with attempted murder, but this is, of course, California. And who is this Clanton anyway? What does he teach?
A former DVC staff directory on its web page said Clanton has worked at the school since 2015, teaching an ‘introduction to philosophy with a background in teaching ethics, critical thinking, and comparative philosophy East/West’ with ‘primary research interests’ of ethics and politics. Although he taught part time at DVC in the past, he was not employed there this semester, DVC officials said.
Right. He taught ethics—and politics. Also, critical thinking. What’s that old saw? Practice what you preach? Something like that…
It’s tempting to say many of those that make up the ranks of the “antifa” are people like Clanton, overly-schooled leftists without any actual sense of ethics other than believing whatever is necessary to destroy one’s political enemies is fair game. But of course, I’d never make such a broad, general statement. That would be unethical.
In this case, Leftist Clanton—one might be reasonably assured he is not a conservative—demonstrated one of the salient characteristics of the left: a propensity for violence unrestrained by any understanding of its civilized application. He’s damned fortunate he didn’t kill anyone.
Sadly, Clanton likely won’t be the last leftist trying to kill his political enemies, so utterly deranged is the anti-Trump/anti-American left–and in such attacks, we all slide further down the slippery slope to civil war.