Embracing Mob Rule: Columnist Calls For Violence Against Trump Supporters

-_eFQ4Y__400x400800px-1891_New_Orleans_Italian_lynchingAs many on this blog know, I have been highly critical of Donald Trump. However, there has been a campaign of violence against Trump supporters that is highly unnerving and dangerous. While there were a few incidents of Trump supporters acting violently, there has not been the same level of outrage at the widespread violence against Trump supporters and police at these events. Now, a liberal Huffington Post columnist Jesse Benn has defended the “violent response” to Trump — a reckless and provocative column that seeks to legitimate mob justice. What Benn is describing is not democracy but ochlocracy — a sad statement of the state of affairs in our country. While I recently wrote about liberals finding “their inner Nixon,” this seems to be a case of finding Benn’s inner Mao.  Benn insists “Violent resistance matters. Riots can led to major change.”  Perhaps but what is certain is that violent resistance always leads to violence.

Benn’s column “Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any,” embraces the value and even beauty of mob violence. He calls it “logical” in the face of what he views as Trump’s extremism.

Yet, a lot of people seem shocked and appalled at this perfectly logical reaction. In the face of media, politicians, and GOP primary voters normalizing Trump as a presidential candidate—whatever your personal beliefs regarding violent resistance—there’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this

Benn praises violent mobs in Europe and suggests that it should be a model for the United States: “Understanding European anti-fascists use of violent tactics to shut down large rallies from White Supremacists can be illustrative here. Because while Trump isn’t leading full bore White Supremacist rallies, there is value in making it clear that even his fascism-lite has no place in civilized society.”

It is a view that rejects not only the rule of law but the lessons of Martin Luther King. Faced with opposing views on issues like immigration, Benn wants to answer with violence and even make such mob rule a noble act.

Benn has doubled down on Twitter, relishing the response and the prospect for more violence:

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Benn is a familiar voice from history. The man in an angry mob calling for violence to silence those with opposing views. With a rising number of his countrymen embracing Trump, his answer is to beat them and intimidate them. His is the voice that Martin Luther King and Gandhi defiantly stood against at the risk of their own lives. Now some liberals have come to embrace the tactics of segregationists and anarchists who reject the political system as the means for change in a democracy. If Benn were simply some crank writing for HuffPost, it would be of little concern. However, the images from the streets across America show that he has a growing following of people who are claiming the right to silence those who disagree with their views and will not yield to their demands. Make no mistake about it. This is not a movement. It is a mob.

54 thoughts on “Embracing Mob Rule: Columnist Calls For Violence Against Trump Supporters

  1. From Benn’s twitter:

    In reply to Jonathan Turley
    Jesse Benn ‏@JesseBenn 10h10 hours ago

    Funniest one yet. Good work, @JonathanTurley. Can you edit where you call me a liberal, though? Leftist is more apt. Thanks.
    View conversation
    1 retweet 2 likes

  2. This kind of talk by Benn deserves loud criticism.

    Talk of using the “bullet box” instead of the ballot box likewise deserves loud criticism.

    Tnash

    Don’t forget our bet on whether Cosby goes to trial. We may find out soon.

    • Don de Drain…I don’t remember making that bet….can’t remember even commenting on the Cosby case.
      If you can pull it out of the archives, I think you’ll find who made the bet.
      The only bet I recall was that Trump will get trounced in November, that the GOP has committed political suicide in 2016.
      I think that bet was with Squeeky, Girl Reporter. -Tom Nash

    • Don de Drain.

      Thanks again for refreshing my memory.
      I don’t know the upcoming schedule in his case…I still believe he’ll plead not guilty and aggresively fight the charges.
      I went to the 12-31-2015 column…..thanks again for finding it.

  3. I think the article is entirely too kind to Mr. Benn, who advocates squelching free speech in much the same way that the Free Speech Movement sought to silence any person who’s views differed from leftist dogma. In keeping with the leftist playbook (accuse the other of what you are doing), Mr. Benn justifies the behavior of the fascist mob by accusing Mr. Trump of being the fascist. While I do not support Mr. Trump, there is no evidence he is a fascist or that he advocates fascism. Mr. Benn might consider how he would react to mob violence that seeks to prevent Hillary Clinton from speaking?

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