During my many years enjoying election times, I have never witnessed so much violence. The egg-throwing, destruction of automobiles of supporters of Donald Trump, personal attacks and many other things.
What surprised me the most was the statement issued by the Mayor of San Jose, Samuel (Sam) Liccardo, a Democrat and supporter of Hillary Clinton, who expressed the opinion that Donald Trump needs to assume
the responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign.
It highly amazed me that an intelligent man such as Mr. Liccardo, graduated magna laude from Georgetown University and subsequently enrolled in graduate studies at Harvard University, could so easily confuse lemons with oranges. It is very difficult for me to understand how Mr. Liccardo could criticize Donald Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments had to deal with.
I honestly believe that Mr. Trump, as a presidential candidate, has the same rights as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, to visit any city in this United States of America and rally in any city in this country to discuss his platform.
Mayor Liccardo issued a statement about the violence saying, “San Jose police officers performed admirably and professionally to contain acts of violence and protect individuals’ rights to ‘assemble,’ protest and express their political views. While it’s a sad statement about our political discourse that Mr. Trump has focused on string antagonism instead of offering real solutions to our nation’s challenges, there is absolutely no place for violence against people who are simply exercising their rights to participate in the political process.”
When Mayor Liccardo said in his statement “individuals’ rights to assemble,” he forgot that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution  reads clearly “the right of the people PEACEABLY to assemble,” not to commit actions of violence.
What happened in San Jose, California was not a disagreement between Democrats vs. Republicans or vise versus; it was an act of angry Mexicans for the love of protest.
Did Mr. Liccardo miss the videos where the Mexican flag was displayed front stage with a m Democrats vs. Republicans an on top of the car of a supporter of Mr. Donald Trump? Did he miss the video where a young man was attacked just because he was wearing a T-shirt supporting Don Trump? Did Mr. Liccardo miss how some Mexicans burned the American flag while others displayed the Mexican flag?
Those people claim they want to be Americans and demand rights they do not have. They need to start by respecting our flag. But, if all they want is to protest with violence, they could do it on their own soil.
As Mayor Sam Liccardo stated, those people (the ones supporting Donald Trump) also had their rights to “assemble” and express their political views, but in contrast to all the Trump-haters Mayor Liccardo was
defending, Trump-haters were not protesting — they were committing acts of violence.
If those people displaying their Mexican flag are so proud of it, they should be displaying it in their own country. In this country the only flag that flies high is the one bearing the Stars and the Stripes or,
as we say, the AMERICAN FLAG. The one that makes us all proud.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.