Can words spoken or tweeted by Donald Trump incite violence?
In the current Bizarro world of American politics words are no different than pipe bombs.
Cesar Sayoc, aka the #MAGABomber, isn’t an anomaly. There’s a pattern of violence committed by men radicalized by Trump rhetoric. The MAGA movement has been told America belongs to them and those who disagree are enemies of the state. This message inspires homegrown terrorism.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 26, 2018
The decision of an individual to kill has nothing to do with words spoken or written by other people. When an individual commits a violent act, that individual alone is responsible.
— JP (@Tanbro) October 27, 2018
As president, Trump has the ability to influence millions of people. However, listeners are responsible for their subjective processing of his words and how they react to them. There is no such thing as incitement. The individual decides if he or she will act on the words of others. It’s called free will.
I believe the rising hysteria to curtail political speech will put a new emphasis on the campaign to deplatform alternative media.