Trump previously denied that there was any violence at his rallies.
He has previously denied that his comments were meant to incite violence against Hillary Clinton.
It was hard to interpret his reference to 2nd Amendment rights as anything but a call for violence.
Even though he incited the violence,Trump denied that he should be blamed for it.
According to the Donald,people who exhibit violent behavior are “thugs.”
Yet, he also said that violence was “So much fun…I love it, I love it.”
Now Trump brags about the violence of his supporters. He wasn’t simply acknowledging that his supporters were violent, but he was proud to be the leader who inspired the violence.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” (1967, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?. p. 67.)
On Monday January 17, 2017 we will celebrate MLK’s birthday. We honor King for his leadership and promotion of change through non-violent means.
I expect that if we have a national holiday dedicated to Trump, it will commemorate the day he left office.