As many of you know, I’m no fan of Donald Trump. I have supported Rand Paul and Ted Cruz throughout the campaign and am a supporter of liberty minded, constitutional conservatives. Donald Trump has never claimed to be any of these things, so I’ve never had a reason to support his campaign. However, the recent spate of violence at his campaign events does give me reason to at least offer a note of defense for the billionaire presidential frontrunner.
Look, I don’t like Donald Trump’s rhetoric. I don’t like the way he bullies those with whom he disagrees. I don’t like the way he seems to think that the president should be super-powerful and that he’s just the one to wield that power. I think that his comments and speeches encourage violence, division and an unhealthy hatred for those who oppose his agenda.
None of that is grounds for the kind of problematic behavior we’ve seen at his campaign events. One thing to consider: while every one of the GOP candidates has had campaign events disrupted by liberal protesters, none of the Democrat candidates have had their rallies preempted by any conservatives. This one fact should tell everyone what they need to know about the violence that seems to be following Donald Trump’s campaign around.
No matter how vile or disgusting Donald Trump’s comments become (not that I think there has been anything especially terrible about them), none of what he has said has played any role in the violence. The Trump supporters who have acted out should be held responsible for their violent criminal behavior, but we should also be holding the criminally aggressive protesters accountable as well.
Just one more thing. If the media (and other politicians) is going to hold Donald Trump accountable for the things he’s said that they don’t like, shouldn’t we do the same for anyone who has ever said anything similar?
Like the time that former President Bill Clinton was campaigning for his wife, when a protester dared question his wife’s judgment and Clinton chose to mock the man as he was being removed from the event. Did any liberals complain when that happened? Nope. It’s okay for Bill Clinton to do it, but God forbid Donald Trump mock a protester.
Over at MenRec, Rusty Weiss has five different occasions where President Obama has encouraged violence against his Republican opponents. Like this little gem that he used when campaigning against John McCain (R-AZ).
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia last night. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
The coup de grace, though, comes to us from the ACLU. Just a couple of months ago a board member of the ACLU’s Colorado arm wrote a social media post where he encouraged people to KILL Donald Trump’s supporters.
“The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, ‘This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before Election Day.’ They’re not going to listen to reason, so when justice is gone, there’s always force…”
Let’s remember, folks, the people who shut down the Trump rally in Chicago and who were threatening destruction in St. Louis weren’t conservatives, they weren’t Republicans and they weren’t Donald Trump supporters. The folks wreaking havoc were the liberal opposition to the GOP.
How the damage cause by the liberal opposition could possibly be attributed to Donald Trump is beyond me. Just as the Trump supporters who have abused protesters should be judged for their actions, so too should the violent protesters be held accountable for theirs. Donald Trump is not to blame for the actions of others, and it’s time we stop pretending these things are his fault.
Beyond that, Trump bears no blame for our culture; indeed it is our culture that is to blame for Donald Trump. The media and his opponents would do well to remember this and to stop using him as a scapegoat for society’s ills.
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