Remember when I said promoting violence in the name of shutting down ideas you disagree with was a bad idea?

Well, we saw a real life example of this phenomenon occur at a comedy club in New York City last week, and it was not pretty.

In case you missed it, Luis J Gomez, Dave Smith, and Jay Oakerson were doing a live edition of their popular “Legion of Skanks” podcast.

In the middle of the show, a man appeared out of the audience and took the mic out of a surprised Gomez’s hand, and quickly used it to point out that a “Proud Boy” was sitting in the crowd and the show was for white supremacists.

If you are unaware of what a “Proud Boy” is, they are a group of men who hang out with Comedian Gavin McIness and well, I will be honest, I am not entirely sure what they actually do.

But the far left has — incorrectly — tagged McIness as a white supremacist, so hence this heckler branding the show as such.

Gomez quickly leapt up out of his chair, grabbed the mic back, threatened to put his foot up the guy’s ass, and then had to be restrained from putting a beating on him.

They don’t call Mr. Gomez the “Puerto Rican Rattlesnake” and “Real Ass Dude” for nothing.

Yet, this heckler seemed surprised that after an act of aggression against Gomez, that the fiery comedian would look to retaliate.

Clearly he did not now who he was dealing with.

All of that said — and putting aside the sheer lunacy of believing a white supremacist show was being led by two Jewish men and a Puerto Rican — what exactly did this heckler expect to accomplish by doing what he did?

Did he think the crowd would take his side? Did he expect the podcast to stop and for Gomez, Smith, and Oakerson to just pack up and go home because he was offended?

Furthermore, does he actually believe it is acceptable to shut down any and all speech he is uncomfortable hearing rather than just walking out?

Sadly, the answer to that question is obviously yes, and he is not alone.

We are seeing this all over the country to the point where people are being chased out of restaurants.

And in the case of the Legion of Skanks, they were recording a podcast at a comedy club late at night and EVEN THEN they could not be left alone to do their show without some self-righteous jerk showing up to spoil it in the name of being offended.

We are getting to the point where this is just going to get worse and people are going to get hurt.

But maybe not the people you think.

Because for every romantic vision of using force to shut down so-called offensive speech, those on that end of the issue should remember that there are a lot more Luis J Gomez types — people who are going to fight back and likely win — than they realize.

And the people who could very well end up being hurt the most are the aggressors themselves.


1_XSk7pT0rtg_UymaCU8ahzwI have to hand it to all the people who passed around the “story” that Russian hackers targeted the Hillary Clinton campaign after then candidate Trump sarcastically asked for them to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.

They story was powerful and seemed to show that perhaps there was some sort of coordination in play.

It spread through social media like wildfire, with all the usual “Resistance” types losing their minds as if they had caught the president committing murder.

But also reputable journalists like CNN’s Jake Tapper and NBC’s Katy Tur.

Except it was the story was not true.

According to the actual report in question, the Russians targeted Hillary Clinton for hacking that April, months before President Trump’s comment about wanting the Russians to find Clinton’s deleted emails.

Once this started being pointed out, people started to backtrack and make qualifying statements like “well, the president did still encourage them and they may have intensified their efforts after his comments.”

But that is not even close to the story being passed around or why it was shared.

It was shared in an attempt to make President Trump look like he was colluding with Russia, only for us to find out once again that as of this moment, there is zero proof of that occurring.

Unfortunately, we have seen many similar cases during the Trump presidency.

For example, the recent story about the Trump administration’s new program of abusing children based on a story from…..2014 when Barack Obama was president.

Last year, a story circulated that Orrin Hatch had said on the Senate floor that CHIP — the health insurance program for low income children — needed to go because he was tired of funding programs for people who refused to help themselves.

Except as even Ezra Klein of Vox — who is no fan of Republicans — pointed out, Hatch was not talking about CHIP when he made those comments and even said he would see to it that CHIP got funded.

But do not tell that to all the people who made fun of Hatch for disparaging “free loading” children.

There are many more recent examples of this, but you get the point.

I understand we are in an age of social media where everything happens fast. But when you incidents like this happen — repeatedly — it becomes quite obvious what is really going on.

As I said, the social media age has certainly made things worse. In the old days, a news story would not be instant because you were waiting to air it on the 6PM news, or if you were a newspaper, get it into tomorrow’s edition.

But now? Gotta get it out there first and worry about accuracy later. Nuance and thorough checking be damned.

Put simply, people need to be better than this. Incidents like this are what give the president ammo to shout “fake news.”

These kind of major mistakes actively keep that from happening.

We are officially in the Jerry Springer era now, where nothing matters except outrage. Accuracy does is irrelevant if a story involves pushing your preferred narrative.

In this case, President Trump probably should not have openly joked that he wanted the Russians to find Hillary Clinton’s emails, but by pretending the timeline of events is different than it actually was just to drive a narrative you hope is true, any point you may have had gets completely lost.

As I said, Jerry Springer would be proud.

The fact is, the Mueller investigation has been going on for well over a year and while there have been indictments for unrelated matters, there has been exactly zero collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign proven.

This whole investigation has turned into something completely different than what it was claimed to be at the beginning, and the #Resistance is simply using it as a way to claim the president cheated to win — something there is no evidence of — because they still cannot handle the fact that he beat Hillary Clinton fair and square.

And key members of the media playing into that hysteria while seeming to care more about clicks than careful reporting makes things worse for everybody involved, including them.

Unless media members think spreading news around that is not true and hurting their credibility just to get the “scoop” is more important than maintaining long-term trust with the public.

Because if they do, then they should just go on doing what they are doing and expose themselves as frauds even further.