We'll refrain from shouting out "I told you so ..."
In our post Friday ("Trump and Rubio ... Fascism Redux"), we wrote near the end;
"Along with the insanity of Chancellor Trump, and Field Marshall Rubio talking like this, proposing things like this, it's a matter of time before we start hearing about attacks and violence against otherwise law-abiding, peaceful Muslims living here now."
And, today, straight out of Central Casting, and on-cue;
"A group of armed protesters who wanted to “show force” gathered outside a Texas mosque Saturday in response rumors about Syrian refugees and Sharia law.
The group, calling itself the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, stationed itself outside the Islamic Center of Irving carrying signs with messages like, “Stop the Islamization of America,” according to the Dallas Morning News. A video taken at the mosque shows a man dressed in black with his face masked carrying a rifle ..."
"The town of Irving was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when police arrested a fourteen-year-old Muslim student who brought a homemade clock to school, accusing him of constructing a bomb."
And this comes on the heels of another disturbing incident, yesterday, at a rally for The Donald in Alabama.
A black activist protesting at the rally, and rather then waiting for security to remove him, was attacked by up to 9 Trump supporters, punched, knocked down, and kicked
And what was Trumps' reaction?
"Trump was asked to weigh in on his supporters’ actions on Fox & Friends Sunday morning. “Maybe he should have been roughed up,” he said. “It was disgusting what he was doing.”
The Republican frontrunner compared what happened at his rally to a Black Lives Matter protest at a Bernie Sanders event, which prompted the Democratic candidate to release a detailed racial justice plan. “This is not the way Bernie Sanders handled his problem, I will tell you, but I have a lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, a troublemaker, looking to make trouble,” Trump said.
So, according to The Donald, Bernie Sanders is a wimp, for not kicking the shit out of the protesters at his event.
And, The Donald, with a comment like that, has given tacit approval for his supporters to beat up anyone who protests, or, criticizes The Donald.
This kind of thuggery should disqualify him from being allowed to run for office.
"Trump supporters have gotten physical with protesters at several other events this fall. A protester was dragged out of a Trump rally in Miami. A Trump supporter ripped up a protester's sign. A Trump bodyguard was filmed sucker-punching a protester outside Trump Tower in early September. And at a rally in DC, photographers captured a Trump supporter pulling a protester's hair."
I can't say, in the history of politics in this country, that violence wasn't committed, however, it is atrocious, and beyond the pale to have a candidate for president condoning violence by his supporters.
Before some actually gets murdered, time for The Donald, all the presidential candidates to adopt a policy of #AllWordsMatter.
Otherwise, the campaign trails melts down to a free-for-all, and the candidate with the better fighters and goons wins.