Musings —03.13.2016 09:30 AM—
Is Donald Trump deliberately provoking violence to help his campaign? Probably. Are we falling into his trap? Maybe.
Here’s what Maddow says:
Maddow pointed out that Trump’s rallies have included racially charged violence for months and said, “There have been instances in the past where he has at least encouraged or praised the idea of violent actions by his supporters. When he’s spoken wistfully about how great it would be to beat people up at his rallies or he has told people that he would pay their legal fees if they would beat up a protester on his behalf.
“He has done that in the past. But this sort of blood lust. Right? This half tongue in cheek, mostly serious call for a tougher America where there are more beatings and where anti-Trump protesters fear for their lives.”
So, if she’s right, Chicago helps him. It doesn’t help those who oppose him.
But here’s the thing: what happened in Dayton – when a guy came very, very close to getting him – doesn’t. I mean, Mr. Trump, what good is your provoke-violence strategy if you end up…well, you know. I don’t wish that on you, but I won’t be surprised if it happens now, either. After all, etc.
Like I always say: when you set a mean dog loose, he may bite someone else.
But, eventually, he’ll bite you, too.