Calls for violence from the political Left, often from among its most high-profile officials, are simply dismissed as occasional excitable verbiage, admonishes Victor Davis Hanson in American Greatness:
From a screaming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in March 2020 to an angry throng of pro-abortion protestors before the doors of the Supreme Court:
I want to tell you Gorsuch. I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.
How did the media respond to this excitable verbiage?
Few in the media believed that Schumer had lowered the bar on what was acceptable speech directed at the Court—not even when two years later a fanatical pro-abortionist, would-be assassin Nicholas Roske showed up near Brett Kavanaugh’s home. Roske was apparently angry over illegal court leaks that Kavanaugh would vote to repeal Roe v. Wade. The would-be assassin certainly wished Kavanaugh “to pay the price.”
Protesters showed up at Kavanaugh’s home and, in a separate incident, forced him to leave a restaurant.
VDH writes on the importance of toning down the political fireworks lest the nation’s unhinged translate such rhetoric to violence.
Unfortunately, as he points out, “for many on the Left, what most see as incendiary and violent rhetoric is simply contextualized as the necessary talk of social justice.”
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