Donald Trump is a violent, violent man. He must be silenced.
The left desperately wants to silence conservative rhetoric. In a country with freedom of speech written into the Constitution, the only way to achieve that end is to label Republican rhetoric likely to incite violence. And that’s just what members of the media and the leftist political infrastructure have attempted to do since Trump jumped into the Republican race.
First, Democrats claimed that Donald Trump’s suggestion that criminals have crossed America’s southern border would drive violence against Hispanics; Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) said that Trump’s “racist” rhetoric would increase “racially motivated violence.” Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) said that Donald Trump appearing on Saturday Night Live was not protected by the First Amendment because it was like shouting fire in a crowded theater (“You’re not allowed to go into an auditorium and yell, fire, fire, fire. In the same way I believe it is up to SNL to understand that when they put a Donald Trump in front of people and he says these derogatory comments that has a direct relationship to what is happening out in everyday lives”).
Now, Democrats claim that Trump’s rhetoric about radical Islam drives Islamophobic violence. Last night on CNN, resident far-left commentator Van Jones said that Trump’s comments that some American Muslims celebrated 9/11 would drive those benighted Americans to “go hurt some Muslim as a result of this kind of hatred.” Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, who is Muslim, said, “He’s whipping up hatred to scapegoat a minority religious group, which has some very dangerous historic precedents…I mean it’s the kind of behavior, it’s classic demagoguery, and you know, he’s going to get somebody hurt.” He added:
What I mean is that when leaders who have a national platform whip up hate and hysteria against a particular group– particularly a religious group, a minority religious group that is not popular– invariably, you know, the people that mentally unstable or motivated by hate come out of the woodwork. You see desecrations of buildings that are associated with that group, you see assaults, you see murders, you see things, things happen…. I mean, this man is a pretty prolific hater, and he’s just getting worse. He’s capitalizing on people’s fears, pandering to it, so that’s what I mean by he could get people hurt.
Historically, this is nothing new: Democrats claimed that Republican rhetoric drove the assassination of JFK, even though a communist killed the president; they claimed that Sarah Palin’s targeted district list drove Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), even though Loughner never had any knowledge of Palin’s map.
But the goal is simple: shut the right up.
Thus far, the only indicator Trump has endorsed violence has been his statement that a Black Lives Matter protester who alleges that he was roughed up by the audience at a Trump rally deserved. Naturally, the White House said that this was indicative of Trump’s broader violent tendencies, with Josh Earnest stating, “This is not departure from Mr. Trump’s habits. He’s previously had reporters asking him tough questions removed from the room, and so the fact that he might condone violence against a protester is not particularly surprising to me.” This from the same President Obama who has placed the heaviest restrictions on press access in generations, and who has told his followers to bring a gun to a fight.
Nobody called for Obama to be shut down after that ridiculous statement. But if Trump says something eminently true – that radical Islam provides a threat to the United States, and has supporters inside the United States – he must be quieted lest crazed right-wing Americans abuse Muslim Americans.
It’s all a cover for quashing free speech. But the left has never worried much about that.