The Libertarian Party, whose ideology supposedly revolves around the “non-aggression principle,” defended the mob attack targeting reporter Kaitlyn Bennett in which her and her crew were pelted with projectiles, including a drink.
In response to the video posted by Bennett showing a violent mob targeting her on a college campus, the party claimed the college students were simply utilizing their “right to assembly.”
Ms. Bennett, you have a right to your opinion, and a right to voice it.
These college students do as well.
Calling them “terrorists” because they utilized their right to assembly and speech is both dishonest and shameful.
— Libertarian Party (@LPNational) February 18, 2020
However, the First Amendment only protects the the right to peaceably assemble, a distinction the Libertarian Party should obviously know about, but then again this is the same “party of principle” that ran anti-gun Bill Weld as their vice president for the 2016 election.
Not only was Bennett ran off a public college campus – in violation of her First Amendment rights – while being pelted on the head with projectiles, someone had also thrown a drink on her driver as they were trying to leave, which is technically assault as far as the law is concerned.
This is what happens when a Trump supporter goes to a college campus. Leftists at @ohiou started a riot when @Joelpatrick1776 and I showed up, and the @oupolice let it happen. I think @realDonaldTrump should strip funding from universities like this that harbor terrorists. pic.twitter.com/5TMlfdto9O
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) February 17, 2020
And if the Libertarian Party wants to talk about “dishonesty” and “terrorism,” it’s worth noting that Weld had once endorsed using terrorism watch lists, which are generally compiled without due process and are thus riddled with mistaken identities, to stop people from buying firearms.
“You shouldn’t have anybody who’s on a terrorist watch list be able to buy any gun at all,” he said.
Weld, a former Mass. governor, had also compared common semi-automatic rifles to “weapons of mass destruction.”
“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle,” he said. “The problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon.”
“And those are independent criminal offenses. That’s when they become essentially a weapon of mass destruction.”
Sounds like the Libertarian Party was being dishonest by pushing Weld as a libertarian.
The backlash against the Libertarian Party over its criticism of Bennett was swift, with numerous people pointing out that it’s why so many self-described libertarians won’t associate with the Libertarian Party.
Example of why I am no longer libertarian.👆
Assembly is one thing, assault is another. When you throw hot coffee on someone it’s a crime, not a right.
— Amber (@AmberGirl3) February 18, 2020
Violent protest is not a right They have a right to peacefully protest Thriwing objects getting in someone’s face preventing others from exercising free speech etc is NOT a right #MAGA #Constitution 🙏🇺🇸🙏
— Toby Blessings 🇺🇸 (@toby_dorena) February 19, 2020
They aren’t “terrorists,” but to suggest anything about this was peaceful is damaging to the liberty movement. Notice all the comments below saying “this is why I left the LP” or “I’m a libertarian but this is why I am not a member of the LP” in this thread. That’s self inflicted
— The Troubled Free Thinker (@Official_TTFT) February 18, 2020
WTF was peaceful about what they did?
— Kimberly Morin (@Conservativeind) February 18, 2020
So you see zero NAP violations here? Wtf? Hands were put on her and things were thrown at her. This was NOT peaceful. I think she is annoying af, but just because the LP doesn’t like LH- we should ignore the NAP?
— Samurai Apocalypse (@heather4liberty) February 18, 2020