I am a survivor of domestic violence. I know what it feels like to be afraid in my own home. I know what it feels like to stay silent because my words might engender a violent response. It is not an abstract concept for me. For too many others it is, and they take their stance and raise their fists like they are doing something brave and good.
Violence is never part of anything good.
There is no place for violence in our homes or in our any aspect of our lives. Violence is only justified if one has to defend oneself from harm and there is no escape. To hit, push, grab or shove because you don’t like what someone is saying or standing for is wrong. It is an uncivilized response that has no place in our society. Assault is against the law.
Donald Trump talks about punching people. He encourages and commends his supporters who respond violently to protesters. He thinks we ought to change our laws so that people can stop being so politically correct and can respond in “appropriate” ways.
As he stands behind a wall of secret service agents, he encourages others to react violently to those that are standing up against him, demonstrating and exercising their first amendment rights.
It seems as he looks down from his perch that he enjoys watching the conflagrations in the audience engaging over him - over the king.
So far a black man has been punched in the face, a young black woman has been pushed and shoved by several Trump supports, a male reporter was grabbed around the neck and forced down, and another female reporter was allegedly grabbed by Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. These are just some of the violent altercations that have taken place.
Trump denies that he is responsible for any of it, a captain who isn’t responsible for his ship.
Last night, in Chicago, his rally had to be called off as hundreds of protestors showed up to denounce him and what he stands for. A highly volatile situation was diffused. But this pattern isn’t going to change as his spewing of hate against Mexican immigrants, Muslims, supporters of blacklivesmatter and anyone who doesn’t agree with him won’t stop. It is who he is to his core.
Donald Trump is for Donald Trump and if you stand in his way, he or his followers will run you over.
The GOP has made it clear that they will stand behind him should he be elected. Putting party before country, they will support this man who has now become dangerous. Inciting people to violence, which is against the law, pitting Americans against one another even as he suggests he is a unifier, is madness, and it will lead to more violence.
Donald Trump penchant for creating an atmosphere where a violent response is applauded will have broader consequences if he should reach the presidency. It doesn’t make you a man to punch someone in the face or encourage others to violence, it makes you a lawless moron who has no sense of right and wrong and that is not a quality we can tolerate in the President of the United States whose job it is to keep us safe.
-Jan Harrison @jmhpro