Accusations have been made that Donald Trump has perhaps incited or condoned violence at several of his campaign events. Fellow New Yorker, Stacey Dash, offers a different interpretation.
The actress and sometimes Fox News contributor wrote on Patheos that “this is a total misread of our next President.”
Dash believes individuals at these campaign events should be held responsible for their own actions. “First of all, he’s [Trump] not responsible for what every random guy does – out of thousands.”
“Second of all, he’s not violent, he’s just “street.” He was born in Queens. Of course, that doesn’t mean he was hustling on the street, dodging bullets. I know he had a privileged upbringing that no doubt isolated him from much of the violence and strife that some people grew up with in the city.”
Dash, who grew up in the South Bronx, said growing up in New York makes a person “see the world in a certain way.” She continued, “there is something about growing up in New York, a certain toughness instilled, a certain level of “street” that can’t be ignored.”
She says you learn critical lessons and responses:
“Actions have consequences.”
“Rude people are not tolerated.”
“If you attack me, I’ll come back at you twice as hard.”
She says those lessons and responses were not lost on Trump and “that’s why Americans LOVE him.” In Trump, Americans have someone who won’t put up with the nonsense or get pushed around.
Dash recalled Romney’s “No Apology” tour, but wrote that Romney was too much of a gentlemen… “almost too good to do what needs to be done.” And he didn’t get it done. He was pushed aside.
Because of his New York “street” smarts, Trump won’t get pushed aside or fail, according to Dash.
And that’s the hope his ardent supporters, who feel they’ve been pushed aside and had their values ignored and marginalized by an elitist left-leaning establishment, have in him.
Perhaps suggesting all this strife will make our country better in the end, Dash offered a quote on the value of ‘struggle’ that’s worth repeating:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but is must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglas