Yesterday, Heather Digby Parton, also known as “Digby,” who won the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, in Donald Trump is now weaponizing the conservative id: Why the escalating violence of his campaign is so frightening concluded:
It may seem obvious at the moment that Trump is creating this violent atmosphere with his incendiary rhetoric and his policies of hate and division. But if he plays his cards right, a few months down the line he might very have succeeded in muddying that reality enough to have most Republicans blaming Democrats for what he started.
On March 12, Ann Coulter tweeted: “Reagan on violent protesters, April 7, 1970: ‘If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement.’ Hello Ted? Mario?”
And Reagan, with that approach, won re-election as Governor of California. Should protesters move beyond, “Shut It Down,” and adopt a more nonviolent tone? I think so.