Hillary Clinton is telling the truth about why Donald Trump deserves blame for creating an environment for violence in our political arena.
Clinton was asked about the violence at a Trump rally in San Jose and said:
I condemn all violence in our political arena. I condemned it when Donald Trump was inciting it, and congratulating people who were engaging in it. I condemn it by those who are taking violent protest to physical assault against Donald Trump. This has to end. He set a very bad example. He created an environment in which it seemed to be acceptable for someone running for president to be inciting violence, to be encouraging his supporters. Now, we’re seeing people who are against him responding in kind. It should all stop. It is not acceptable.
Very little of the blame for what happened in San Jose has been placed on Donald Trump. It is the presumptive Republican nominee who created and embraced a culture of violence surrounding his campaign. It is Trump who has glorified the toughness of his supporters and the violent acts by his crowds.
There is a reason why only Donald Trump’s rallies turn violent. It is because the candidate is encouraging and fueling the violence with his rhetoric. In the United States of America, people should be able to participate in the political process without worrying about violence.
The media won’t say it, but Donald Trump is to blame for this ugly change in behavior. Violence is never acceptable, and it should never happen in the country that is the shining example of democracy in the world.
The media needs to step up and not shy away from placing the blame on the shoulders of Donald Trump.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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