Interesting editorial from a Republican Brahmin but the reader's comments are much, much better. The most popular comment: "The indignity of Republicans at the naked aggression of Trump is fascinating to behold. They say that Trump is an abomination, an anomaly who doesn't represent the benign, gentle Republican Party that only relies upon the cool faculty of reason.
It may surprise Mr. Wehner that violence can come in many forms. Sometimes it doesn't require throwing a punch. With a wink and a nod it can be used by governors to deny women access to legal abortions under the pretense of concern for their health and safety. Another wink, and subsidies can be given to millionaire farmers while food stamps are cut for the poor. Instead of a club, Republicans used a gavel to hammer out the Citizens United decision that has polluted and compromised our political system with unlimited money from special interests.
Trump is the bigotry that powers Kim Davis when she refuses to sign a marriage license for a gay couple. He's a fly on the wall as Republicans make plans to suppress the ability of minorities to vote. He's misogyny made manifest. Trump is the ignorance that denies science in the halls of Congress. He's the crassness that says a woman can't get pregnant if she is "legitimately" raped. He's the voice that cries "You lie," as the president addresses the nation.
So Republicans should not be surprised when the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out, congeal into a boorish oaf, and run for president.
You may want to hand out cigars. In many way, Mr. Wehner, he's your baby."
The second most popular comment: "Just because a person has the right to do something, that doesn't mean they should do it. We don't regulate speech, especially when related to political discourse. We consider that a cornerstone of freedom. Since speech isn't regulated, then we all have to behave ourselves, or speech becomes nothing but bluster and bravado that incites horrible behavior. In other words, life is not a Rush Limbaugh radio show. Similarly, good manners are not a legal requirement but life sure goes a lot smoother when we all practice them.
The Republican Party has pushed the envelope of speech to its absolute limits. The horrible statements elected officials in high office have made about President Obama are inexcusable under any set of circumstances. To say he is an enemy of state would be an understatement in the GOP worldview. Their media outlets are even worse.
Enter Donald Trump. All he has done is said what everyone else has wanted to say. He goes that last little step and says, go ahead punch someone in the face.
Why is this any worse? What's the difference to imply hate and violence and just coming out and saying it? The intent is the same. The motivation is the same.
The GOP built the house that Trump lives in. He just opened the windows so all can hear what they have been saying all along." I could not agree more....
The fourth most popular comment: "Mr. Wehner's concern about Mr. Trump's incitement to violence is shared by many. But his invocation of Abraham Lincoln's call for a "political religion" emphasizing "reverence for the laws" needs to be understood in the context of a Republican Party that has made its first priority for the last seven years to stymie any policy or idea put forth by our duly-elected president, Barack Obama. Most recently this has produced the spectacle of a Republican Senate refusing to even hold hearings on Mr. Obama's Supreme Court nominee -- a man for whom many of them have previously expressed admiration. These are not the actions of a party that puts regard for our democratic principles above vengeful ambition, short-term advantage, and lust for power. Any Republican professing shock at the emergence of Donald Trump need only look in the mirror to discover the root of the problem." Reader's comments like these make me proud to be an American.