If you haven’t heard by now, two Boston men beat and urinated on a homeless Latino man after being inspired by GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric on which he’s based a large part of his campaign. And make no mistake about it – Trump shoulders a huge amount of blame for inspiring this deplorable behavior. Without this incessant babbling by Trump – and the rest of the GOP for that matter – this homeless Latino man likely never gets assaulted.
So, what was Trump’s reaction when he was asked about the attack? A quick condemnation of the disgusting nature of these two animals? A few comments to address the need for people to treat each other with respect even if we might disagree with one another? Anything that remotely sounded like he might give a damn that two men brutally assaulted a homeless man?
Instead, he claimed he hadn’t heard about the attack – then went on to call his supporters “passionate” when it comes to their “love” of this country:
I haven’t heard about that. It would be a shame, but I haven’t heard about that. I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate. I will say that, and everybody here has reported it.
Basically, instead of addressing the fact that a brutal hate crime had been committed by two men who claimed to be inspired by him, he tried to shift the focus on the “passion” of his supporters. Granted he did say it’s a “shame” that the attack happened – but then almost seems to praise the “passion” that might have led these two bottom-feeders to commit such a savage act of violence.
I think the truth of the matter is that Trump just isn’t very bright and had no idea what to say after being confronted with the news. You see, a true leader would have taken a few moments to condemn such behavior and show genuine sympathy for the victim. Trump, someone who’s more of a salesman than a leader, essentially just brushed it off.
The bottom line is, words often do have consequences. For the last few years the fear-mongering and hate that’s emanated from the GOP has been completely absurd. If it continues I have absolutely no doubt that violent acts such as what we saw in Boston are only going to become more frequent and much more severe. One of these days this anti-government fear-mongering is going to motivate someone to go beyond a disgusting assault of a homeless Latino man and resemble something closer to what we saw happen in the 90’s with Oklahoma City.
Watch Trump’s comments below around the 8:27 mark in the video: