On Friday, one of Donald Trump’s “economically anxious” supporters grabbed his best machete and an assortment of knives and began a “day of reckoning” on the campus on Transylvania University in Kentucky.
Mitchell W. Adkins has for quite some time been protesting what he thinks is mistreatment of conservatives on college campuses — and his protest became bloody. Witnesses say that the right-wing activist walked up to people asking if they are Republicans or Democrats, telling the former different variations of “you are safe.” When he finally found a Democrat, he pulled out his knife and began slashing away. Unfortunately for Adkins, his “Day of Reckoning” ended almost as soon as it began and his single victim sustained minor wounds.
“He asked somebody what their political affiliation was, they said ‘Republican,’ and the guy said ‘You are safe.’ And then I realized what was going on and started getting people out,” one student recalled.
Adkins, a former student at the school, withdrew in 2015 but his memory lives on. In November 2015, he wrote the campus newsletter complaining that he is called a “fascist” a “Nazi” and a “bigot” because he acts like all of those things:
“Being a Republican in this school makes me such a minority that I’ve had to face discrimination on a daily basis,” Adkins wrote in that letter. “Transylvania is a predominantly Democratic school. I’m always happy to listen to other people’s opinions, but as soon as I give my own, I’m called a ‘bigot,’ an ‘a—-le,’ some even go as far as ‘fascist Nazi.’”
“With the election of (Republican) Matt Bevin as governor, I’ve become even more of a target for people claiming that I’m ‘responsible for ruining this country’ and that, somehow, I’m an evil person for what would make this state great,” he wrote.
That letter was signed “Mitchell Adkins,” along with a university email address that began “madkins19.”
Adkins also wrote a community blog post at Buzzfeed complaining about how much “hardcore liberals” have hurt him:
“I was at lunch when someone told me Bevin was elected, and my cheer of pride was met with looks of disgust and hatred,” he wrote. “People left the table, saying things along the lines of I was responsible for ruining this state and country, that my political opinion was wrong just because it was different. I have never been afraid to share my opinion, but being in this college has made me reluctant due to the backlash which I know is inevitable.”
In an update to the post, MAdkins19 said he had dropped out of Transy.
“The constant bullying and lack of friends drove me to an overdose, a trip to the hospital and two trips to a mental hospital,” he wrote.
“The constant thought of knowing I’d never fit in was too much for me to bear. I moved back home and started trade school in a place where I thought I fit in,” he wrote. “Despite the fact I left my past behind me, my present was too much for a friend to handle. I was very recently assaulted and literally thrown from his property after the mention of my support for Trump.”
“But the story has a happy ending. I’ve realized that some people will be stupid, unintelligent bastards, but they’re not at all the people I want to surround myself with. Dropping out of college was hard, but it made me realize that I’m here for myself, and I need to learn to ignore the occasional plagues of society so I can better myself and make sure to never stoop to their level.”
Adkins’ decision to attack liberals with a machete is strange — not because he’s violent or because he used a big freakin’ blade (conservatives love their weapons and violence), but because he can’t even figure out how to work a razor:
Adkins’ Facebook profile reveals that he gets his sources from the usual places — Fox News and an assortment of right-leaning propaganda outlets:
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the common Trump supporter — a scared little white boy who casually visits Nazi websites, thinks he’s oppressed because other people are slowly becoming less oppressed, and lashes out violently because the mice operating his brain died years ago and he is completely incapable of figuring out how to accomplish anything at all without violence.
Despite the bloody nature of the attack, Donald Trump is still silent, unwilling to speak of the growing threat of radicalized crackers.
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