Trump’s harsh words fuel hatred, violence

Cesar Sayoc, who mailed pipe bombs to President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others, is a huge fan of President Donald Trump.

When Trump gets behind his bully pulpit and belittles these people and these organizations, blaming everything on “fake news,” his most avid supporters take that as a sign that they can commit acts of violence in his defense.

Trump has been advocating violence since the early days of his campaign, especially toward those who have the audacity to criticize him.

All of Sayoc’s targets have been outspoken critics of the president. Anyone who thinks that Trump is not ultimately responsible for these pipe bombs is just plain stupid. Of course he’s responsible.

His almost daily hateful rhetoric toward anyone who does not support him is all that his base needs to hear to think they have carte blanche to do whatever they want to show their support. Hateful speech leads to hateful acts and, yes, the president is fine with that.

Trump is the president of the United States. He is supposed to be an intelligent man. He has to know that words matter, words have consequences. But apparently he doesn’t care.

He feels no guilt, no blame, no remorse for the violence that he condones and encourages. The man is a divisive menace. He needs to be gone.

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