Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump fuels violence with his hateful rhetoric

Mike Morgan’s letter “Trump protesters prove they are mindless rabble,” May 3, misplaces the blame for the violence by protesters at Donald Trump rallies, and it’s done in typical Trump fashion: by name-calling the protesters as “mindless rabble” and “assorted commies.”

Instead, the blame for the violence should lie with Trump for setting a confrontational tone, spewing hateful rhetoric and egging on the violent actions of protesters.

Contrary to Mr. Morgan’s assertion, Trump is the one destroying Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of nonviolence. Trump has maligned African-Americans, immigrants, Latinos, Asians, women, Muslims, President Barack Obama and the disabled.

Conversely, Dr. King said, “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools,” and “Hatred paralyzes life.” When confrontation occurs at his rallies, Trump encourages violence with remarks such as, “Knock the crap out of them,” “I’d like to punch him in the face,” “They’re punching back — It was a beautiful thing.” Wisely, Dr. King said, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence.”

The hate that Trump displays is not imagined as Mr. Morgan claims, and it is despicable that it fuels the violence that degrades our First Amendment right to assemble peacefully.

Beryl Bennett, Morro Bay

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