Traditionally, Thanksgiving weekend is a time of peace, but Donald Trump’s political ascent has overturned all manner of American traditions. Now, it appears that Trump supporters in the Philadelphia area may have decided that the Thanksgiving should become a time for violent punishment of political dissent.
When Jim Alden, a 62 year-old gay Philadelphia man, picked up and opened a package left on his front stoop, the package exploded, causing injuries to his face, chest, and arm.
Although there had been speculation that the explosion may have been caused accidentally by a faulty inhaler, this possibility has bow been ruled out, as police are now referring to a device designed to explode.
In other words, the package was a bomb.
Why would anyone want to hurt Mr. Alden? By all accounts, he was a friendly and polite man with many friends and no known enemies. However, he also did not make any efforts to conceal his strong opposition to the election of Donald Trump.
The only thing that appears to have made Jim Alden a target for attack was a rainbow-colored sign he placed in his window, featuring the anti-Trump slogan “Love Trumps Hate”.
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump spent months and months whipping his supporters up into a violent rage. Trump encouraged his fans to physically attack anti-Trump protesters, to the point where the victims would have to be carried away on medical stretchers. Trump even promised to pay the legal fees of any one of his supporters who was arrested for attacking one of his political opponents.
If indeed the bomb attack against Jim Alden was motivated by his display of an anti-Trump sign, then it’s an act of terrorism. That would mark a dangerous new step in the radicalization of Trump supporters.