A confrontation between a US Marine and a Trump supporter at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport demonstrates the deep fissures in American society that will take much to overcome.
Trump Supporter Confronted At ATL Airport, Called Terrorist By Marine
WGCL-TV (CBS 46) sent out a reporter to interview returning Trump protestors from Washington, DC. She waited in the baggage claim area near a belt for an arriving DC flight. While interviewing one man wearing a red MAGA hat, another man walked up and gave him a piece of his mind.
The man identified himself as a 20-year Marine veteran and even flashed what presumably was a military ID card. He said to the MAGA supporter, “Y’all are a bunch of [expletive] terrorists.” He responded that he was exercising his free speech and engaged in no vandalism or violence.
Others are interviewed and deny they engaged in violence.
The encounter is healthy in the sense that dialogue and debate is preferred over each side retreating to their own corners and one or both living in a parallel reality (made possible by social media and the vast diversity of [mis]information available online).
But the encounter is unhealthy in that going up to someone and calling them a terrorist is not the way to change hearts and minds. Such charges usually have the opposite effect.
We don’t even know if the guy actually was a Marine or the MAGA guy was in DC to protest. But the exchange is a reminder that as America watches a transfer of power this week, the wounds from the last election run deep and the anger, resentment, and mistrust are great forces we must reckon with in the days ahead.
(H/T: C Boarding Group)