Call me crazy, but when the president of the United States announces that he could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and not lose any supporters; when he refers to Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” as “very fine people;” when he’s OK with a Republican congressman assaulting a reporter; when he says that business deals in Saudi Arabia take precedence over the life of a journalist; and when he calls the press “the enemy of the people,” should we be surprised when one or more of his crackpot fans decides it’s acceptable behavior to mail bombs to prominent members of the “enemy” party, namely the Democrats?
After years of calling for and condoning violence as acceptable political action, Donald Trump’s statement asking for “unity” and referring to these as “despicable acts” is much too little, much too late. Trump has created this environment in which you defeat your opponents by trying to kill them. He has given comfort and encouragement to America’s nutcases. Today’s attempted murders were only thwarted because the very federal law enforcement agencies Trump has vilified for years were still doing their jobs.
Will he tone down his rhetoric, now that an actual journalist has been murdered and attempts have been made on his political adversaries? As the game show host himself would say, stay tuned. But don’t hold your breath,