President Trump has occupied the Oval Office for 17 days and the hysteria only seems to be increasing.
Is this our new normal? Hard to say. The riots at UC Berkeley don’t inspire confidence to the contrary.
But amidst the hysteria, it’s important to remember that one of the things that makes America great is the ability to PEACEFULLY protest. And for every $100,000 in damages reported, there are a far greater number of peaceful protests to notice.
So how do you respond to a mainstream media that wants to direct your attention to the latest dumpster fire?
Good thing it’s Tuesday, B² day.
Here’s this week’s likely question and the B² (block and bridge) that sets the narrative straight:
Q: “The riots at UC Berkeley have caused $100,000 in damages. Is this the new normal we can come to expect during the Trump presidency?”
B²: “No. What happened at UC Berkeley is outrageous and should be condemned, but it’s important to uphold the right to protest peacefully as it gives voice to the opposition. <Insert talking point about freedom of speech and the importance of listening to those you disagree with>.”
Wherever you take the conversation next, uphold the right to peaceably assemble as an effective means to show disagreement. Both sides seem to agree that what happened at UC Berkeley should be condemned and does nothing to bridge the gap, so there’s your common ground to start. But if you’re interested in upping your talking point game, immediately pivot to the importance of peaceful protests as a good and necessary part of what makes America great.