In case anybody cares: I don’t believe in political violence. The problem is, what happened in Chicago was that one group that does kind of believe in political violence met another group that believes in political violence, and the two groups* decided to have themselves some mutual political violence. Erick Erickson put it perfectly:
And I’ve been expecting something like this to happen since Donald Trump first started telling people at his rallies that if they roughed up a protester he’d make sure to pay their legal bills. Which, by the way, was and is a lie. That one dude that took him up on it was left to twist in the wind. But that incitement – and I’m sorry, but that’s what it is – is why Trump should not be allowed to turn this into a free speech issue. Freedom of speech does not cover the instruction “go, and hit that man.”
PS: I don’t know if this helps him, and I do not care. Trump still needs to stop telling people to hit other people.
*I am perfectly willing to believe that most of the people caught up in this thing tonight don’t actually want to hit people. But there were far too many of them that did.