Are Democratic leaders encouraging political violence?

A brutal, partisan, physical attack on a Republican canvasser this week raises the question.

It was reported this week that a canvasser for Senator Marco Rubio  was brutally attacked by Democrats because the victim was wearing clothing advertising Rubio and also Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Sen. Rubio tweeted Monday:

Whatever one’s partisan leanings, when this incident was reported a fair person could condemn this act of political violence without jumping to the conclusion that Republicans should be on the lookout for physical attacks from Democrats all over the country.

After all, some Democrats responded properly:

Yet this also happened:

Then we got to Tuesday when an old tweet from another prominent Democrat surfaced.

He is referring to Paul’s former neighbor who brutally assaulted him. Sen. Paul condemned the Democrat for encouraging violence:

High profile left-leaning people celebrating the 2017 assault of Paul is not new.


After singer Richard Marx offered to buy Paul’s neighbor a beer in a now removed tweet, a package of white powder and violent threats arrived at his home.

So, again, after some Democrats reportedly attacked a Republican worker in Florida on Monday – specifically for being a Republican – can we expect more of this kind of violence?

On the surface, one would think not. It seems too random.

But when you think about it further, particularly what Sen. Paul has experienced, I can’t say with certainty that more of this kind of violence won’t happen in the future and it could become more common than anyone might expect – with Democratic leaders either encouraging it or at least not condemning it. That’s what rage can potentially drive people to do and there’s a blaze of political rage out there right now, on all sides.

A civil society requires civility. This is ain’t it.

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Jack Hunter
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Jack Hunter is a freelance writer, the co-author of Sen. Rand Paul’s 2011 book ‘The Tea Party Goes to Washington’ and the former politics editor for