Violence in American politics is not unheard of but fortunately it tends to be rare. It has reared its ugly head since the founding of the Republic and was a factor in early part of the 20th century, in the 1930s and 1960s (arguably it was especially a factor in the 1860s). But leaving the Civil War out of this and Jim Crow intimidation directed against African Americans in the South until the 1960s, violence as a means of achieving political aims in this country has never been wide spread and has been routinely rejected by voters and politicians of both major parties. We have rule of law.When Trump some of his followers to lash out at protesters, it was wrong. That Trump supporter who sucker punched the black protester at the Trump rally in North Carolina was arrested. Rightly so.
It is also wrong when people of the #NeverTrump movement start promoting violence against Trump supporters. I respect Neil Stevens for his #NeverTrump position (he is entitled to go there and I am not a Donald Trump fan either) but there is no way I am ok with promoting (or accepting) violence against Trump supporters who are not violent themselves. Those Trump supporters assaulted in San Jose in no way deserved to be assaulted. This is absolutely wrong. It is also potentially very dangerous. I hope this tweet below by Neil (who immediately blocked me when I protested it) was done out of anger and just came out, and not as some serious promotion of violence against Trump supporters:
Vox editor Emmett Rensin was suspended from Vox for promoting (or justifying) violence against Trump supporters. RedState’s former editor and founder Erick Erickson called out to Hillary Clinton to condemn what happened in San Jose. This sort of illegal behavior is a legacy of Barack Obama’s “fundamentally transformed” America, and we need not encourage more of it. I cannot believe a RedState moderator is going where Vox editor Emmett Rensin went.
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