Sunday, October 28, 2018
The President's rhetoric and attitude empowers the worst among us. He talks the way he does because he receives roaring support from his followers - otherwise decent people who think they can cheer his rhetoric without consequence. But the President is empowered by audience feedback which drives his rhetoric to greater extremes. That extremist language is understood by Conservative extremists as approval of their agenda and conduct, which empowers violence from the Right in a cycle of hate and violence that continues to rise higher and higher. All of it from extremists, legitimized by his refusal to denounce them, who see themselves as the President's political foot soldiers. They are current era Brown Shirts.