Let’s apply the Trump Standard of rhetoric fostering violence to Obama

Sanctimonious voices in the media, and among Democrats and some Republicans (shame on you: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio) declare that Donald Trump fostered a climate of violence that justifies left wing groups organizing, printing up signs, and violently disrupting his rallies.

This is shameful, and leads to a political state where the forcible suppression of a political candidate by mob violence is justified by a political establishment afraid of the policies he advocates.

If inflammatory rhetoric justifies organizing a mob to shut down a political speech, how about Obama?

On June 14, 2008, the Wall Street Journal published this:

Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?

That’s exactly what Barack Obama said he would do to counter Republican attacks “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

The comment drew some laughs and applause. But it also struck a chord with his Republican rival. John McCain’s campaign immediately accused the Democratic candidate of playing the politics of fear. They also mentioned that Obama said he would use a gun that would be illegal under Obama’s plans to cut down on illegal firearms.

“Barack Obama’s call for ‘new politics’ is officially over. In just 24 hours, Barack Obama attacked one of America’s pioneering women CEOs, rejected a series of joint bipartisan town halls, and said that if there’s a political knife fight, he’d bring a gun,” McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

Does anyone remember the hysteria blaming Sarah Palin for the shooting of Gabby Giffords because a Palin website used crosshairs to mark targeted congressional districts, including Giffords’s seat? And Obama urges his supporters to carry guns. Yes, it was metaphorical, but so were the crosshairs.

As I mentioned yesterday, violent imagery is no stranger to the Obama faction:

…doesn’t President Obama’s rhetoric about “get in their face” and White House advice to “punch back twice as hard” justify disrupting Obama’s public events?