Kevin Cramer: Don’t Blame Donald Trump for Rally Violence

Political rally disrupters are not the creation of Donald Trump, and his Republican rivals for President should stop saying they are.

For the three elected Republicans to blame Trump for violence committed by liberal Chicago thugs is like Barack Obama blaming U.S. exceptionalism for radical Islamic terrorism.

[mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]For the three elected Republicans to blame Trump for violence committed by liberal Chicago thugs is like Barack Obama blaming U.S. exceptionalism for radical Islamic terrorism.[/mks_pullquote]

Frankly, supporters of Democratic Socialist candidate Bernie Sanders who want everything paid for by someone else aren’t threatened by Cruz, Rubio and Kasich. The fact MoveOn.org doesn’t seem concerned about any of Trump’s Republican rivals raises the question, why?

I’ve expressed my share of concern and criticism of Donald Trump’s style and demeanor as a presidential candidate, but to blame one person’s violence on another’s words seems desperate and unbecoming.

Piling on the frontrunner is a rich political tradition, but to rationalize attempts to stifle free speech is not a Republican tradition and I suspect will serve to strengthen the standing of Donald Trump.

I hope more Republican leaders condemn those who would deny free speech to Donald Trump and defend those interested in hearing him.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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