A Boston man allegedly told police that he beat and urinated on a homeless man early Wednesday because the man was Hispanic, citing real estate mogul Donald Trump's comments on undocumented immigrants as justification for the attack.
In response, the Republican presidential candidate said that "it would be a shame" if his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric inspired the beating. He immediately pivoted from the mild condemnation to praising his "passionate" supporters' commitment to restoring America to greatness. ...
"I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate," he continued, as quoted by the Herald. "They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that.”
Sick stuff, isn't it? Republican politicians incite this kind of violence - or worse - and then wash their hands of any responsibility.
Most Republicans won't do this kind of thing, not even most Trump supporters. But their rhetoric inevitably pushes a certain percentage of people - people they've deliberately made angry - into violence.
Republican politicians have found that pushing fear and anger works great, politically. Fox 'News' makes a ton of money from it, too. But is this really the kind of country we want?