Left: Toledoan Molly Nolan, who showed up in the protest zone; photo by historymike
"Nazi Scum! Nazi Scum!" chanted the crowd at a young woman named Molly Nolan, who was escorted by the police from the protest zone.
Nolan, 23, said that she was a supporter of the NSM, and that she had a husband in prison who was a member of the Aryan Nations.
Nolan is certainly entitled to her political beliefs, and one is tempted to sympathize with a person who faced the wrath of a hostile crowd the way that she did. But why did she decide to support the NSM by going into the protester zone?
I met Nolan at the first rally on October 15. She volunteered to point out to me some places that vandals attacked, and talked of working at a local pizzeria. She seemed a bit, well, odd that day; I attributed it at the time to Nolan being shell-shocked.
Another media source indicated that Nolan has several children at home. I have to weigh in on this point: with her husband in prison, did Nolan really believe that standing in a crowd of people for whom her political beliefs are anathema was the best course of action for her family?
For whatever reason, the hostile crowd did not assault Nolan, and we should be grateful that the bitter winds off the Maumee River likely sapped the energy levels of angry bystanders before anyone acted with malice toward her.
Molly Nolan: go home to your children. Hug them, tuck them in, and thank whatever higher power kept you safe today.
And avoid doing anything this reckless in the future. Your children need you.