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Friday, April 20, 2018

Donald Trump made waves yet again when he declared Monday night at a rally in Las Vegas that he wanted to punch a protester. But can’t America do better than a leader who merely wants to do that? Believe it or not, there is an example — up in Canada.

“Look, see? He’s smiling. See, he’s having a good time. Oh, I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore,” Trump said, as the demonstrator was being removed. “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks. Oh, it’s true.

“You know, I love our police, and I really respect our police, and they’re not getting enough — they’re not,” Trump continued. “Honestly, I hate to see that: Here’s a guy, throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming and everything else, when we’re talking, and he’s walking out, and we’re not allowed — you know, the guards are very gentle, he’s walking out, like big high-fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face, I tell you.”

But wait a second. There goes Trump, telling the crowd about how he’d like to punch a protester in the face — or sometimes relying on the crowd to beat up protesters for him. But he never actually does it himself!

Let’s face it, Donald Trump is exactly what he likes to call his political rivals: He’s all talk, and no action!

By contrast, our neighbors to the North have a great example in recent history of a real political leader, who could deal with a disruptive protester face-to-face — or by the neck.

Back in February of 1996, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien presided over the first ever Flag Day celebration, which he and his Liberal Party created in part to counter a wave of secessionist political movements in his native province of Quebec. His speech was disrupted, however, by left-wing protesters who reportedly had a combined message of opposing changes to unemployment benefits combined with Quebec separatist fervor.

As Chrétien made his way back to the car, his way was blocked by a demonstrator who got right up in his face — at which point the prime minister grabbed the protester by the neck and pushed him to the ground. The event took place in the Quebec town of Hull, but soon became as the “Shawinigan Handshake,” named after Chrétien’s own hometown.

“Some people came in my way — it might’ve been — I had to go, so if you’re in my way Im walking,” Chrétien nonchalantly told reporters at his car right afterward. “So I don’t know what happened. It happened — something to somebody who should not have been there.”

In the election held the next year, Chretien won the second of his three terms in office, eventually retiring from office in 2003. The man that he had grabbed, Bill Clennett, later ran unsuccessfully in Quebec provincial elections for the far-left separatist party, Québec Solidaire.

Meanwhile, back in Chrétien’s hometown of Shawinigan, a local brewer and political admirer crafted a special “Shawinigan Handshake” beer, complete with a label depicting a cartoonish Chrétien choking the Devil.

Photo via Le Trou du Diable ("The Devil's Hole")  Brewery — Shawinigan, Quebec.
Photo via Le Trou du Diable (“The Devil’s Hole”) Brewery — Shawinigan, Quebec.

And yes, Jean Chrétien himself has endorsed the beer.

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16 Responses to Trump Says He Wanted To Punch A Protester — Canada’s Leader Once Actually Did

  1. Not exactly the same thing. Crétian took the man who was blocking him by the back of the neck and shoved him down out of the way. Previously Crétian had been approached by a man with a knife. He didn’t shove the protestor because he was protesting, he shoved him because the man was deliberately blocking him.
    So it really was not at all like what Trump was blathering on about. Trump wanted to punch the person for protesting. Trump is a soft handed pampered fat goose who would get the crap beaten out of him if he engaged in a fight Mano a Mano. I would pay big bucks to see that.

  2. Trump does not have the stones to punch someone in the face unless he has his bodyguards backing him. Even then I’m sure he would use a sucker punch. But I understand his feeling of wanting to because I feel that way every time I see his ugly mug.

  3. “Mein Fuhrer” and his “brown shirts” are forever eager to punch someone’s lights out.
    As long as a few “brown shirts” hold down a “non-believer”, the leading Extremist candidate is more than willing to take a swing.

    “Very Presidential”—indeed!

    • Yep. I’m sure he’s a great negotiator, too. Very diplomatic. During a Trump administration, I can hardly wait to see the great treaties and no more wars.
      Maybe he will win a Nobel Peace Prize.

      • Wait a minute! I can see it all now—
        1) “Trump wins the Nobel Peace Prize!”
        2) “Bin Laden” is awarded posthumously the “Model Citizen Of The World” award.
        3) “The Extreme Right(and close kindred spirits) Embrace Logic and Reason”
        ======================================================
        Oh, what a happy day that will be. The excitement is overwhelming—

        “Oh doctor, my metabolism, oh doctor!” ( ‘Mrs. Upjohn’ in “A Day At The Races”).

  4. Budjob: I’m assuming you’re talking about Trump? By the way, what’s happening to his hair? It looks a little “green” to me! What an idiot! And, people are angry with our government the way it’s going….they have the Republicans to thank for that. Apparently, they have been lied to so much, they want to blame the wrong people!

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