The left has been unopposed for so long that don’t know how to act when someone stands up to them—other than to try smearing and marginalizing them.
Everyone should be aware that the Marxist beast will strike out violently when thwarted. Violence is very much a part of the Marxist playbook. Case in point: The mugging of Jindal and his girl friend in New Orleans.
Since it was New Orleans, I wouldn't automatically assume that attack was political. That kind of altercation happens quite often in the city, especially the French Quarter area.