Sorry, Hate-Crimers, You Can't Use 'Donald Trump Told Me To Beat Up Foreigns' As A Defense
Important news for all you Trump fans out there: The American judiciary is still so thoroughly poisoned with Political Correctness that you can't even beat up foreign-looking people and expect to get off the hook because you were inspired by Donald Trump. Maybe after he gets to replace the current Supreme Court with the editorial staff of Breitbart, but not yet.
In a clear case of politically motivated persecution, a former Penn State student, Nicholas Tavella, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of felony ethnic intimidation; misdemeanor terroristic threats; and summary harassment, as well as charges to being a drunk underage drinker and all-around asshole (we may be interpreting those last charges loosely). Last December, Tavella, who was still attending the university at the time,
followed another student on Penn State’s campus and asked the victim if he was going to rape a girl [...] Tavella taunted the victim and asked him why he was trying to get away.
“What are you, from the Middle East?” Tavella asked the student, according to court documents.
According to [a press release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office], the victim said Tavella grabbed him by the throat and said, “Don’t make me put a bullet in your chest.”
Shortly after his December 5 arrest, Tavella told arresting Penn State police officer Cole McDaniel that he was
“racially profiling (the victim) because he looked suspicious.” McDaniel testified that Tavella also told him that he “probably grabbed him and probably said something racist.”
McDaniel testified before the court that when he asked Tavella why he was following the victim, he admitted that it was because “he appeared to be of Asian or Middle Eastern descent.”
Well that only makes sense, really. Or at least it made sense to Tavella's attorney, Wayne Bradburn, who offered a brilliant argument to demand the ethnic intimidation charges be dropped, since the hate crimes statute requires proof of "malicious intent." But what if the attack was inspired by patriotism (and maybe exacerbated by underage drinking)?
In Bradburn’s defense, he cited the “Paris attacks, which took place three days prior,” and that it may have been “his love of country,” and “Donald Trump rhetoric covered in the media that may have incited fear of suspicious individuals.”
Sadly, Tavella attacked the victim on December 5, two days before Trump issued his call for a "complete shutdown of Muslim immigration," so Bradburn couldn't credibly claim that Tavella was merely performing a private deportation action.
The forces of political correctness aligned to conspire against poor Tavella, who simply wanted to protect our women from those scary Middle Easterners or possibly Asians. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in December, “A physical attack motivated by skin color and/or perceived ethnicity is a simple hate crime and this will not be tolerated in our community.” The patriotic bigot (Tavella, not Trump) is scheduled for sentencing on November 18, so at least he can still help with Trump's Get Out The Vote efforts in Pennsylvania, if any.
What is this world coming two when two hairy Trump supporters can't see a 58-year-old homeless Hispanic man sleeping, and beat him up and pee on him?
In a disturbing sign that political correctness is running amok and maybe causing White Genocide, the National Education Education warned this week that the "Trump Effect" has led to an increase in school bullying, although so far the evidence is largely anecdotal, like anecdotes of school bullying documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center. HuffPo notes that the "effect" hasn't been "scientifically proven," probably because no Human Subjects Committee would ever condone exposing an experimental population of school children to Trump rallies to test whether a higher percentage of them became bullies than a control group.