HuffPost Allows Op-Ed Encouraging Anti-Trump Violence

By Rudy Takala; Eddie Scarry | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, June 8, 2016 | Go to article overview

HuffPost Allows Op-Ed Encouraging Anti-Trump Violence


Rudy Takala; Eddie Scarry, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The left-leaning Huffington Post is defending an op-ed it published by a contributor who said violence that takes place during protests against Donald Trump is "logical."

The op-ed piece, written by liberal Jesse Benn and published Monday, argued that Trump's often heated rhetoric against illegal immigration and Islamic extremism justifies violence that may follow.

"In the face of media, politicians, and GOP primary voters normalizing Trump as a presidential candidate -- whatever your personal beliefs regarding violent resistance -- there's an inherent value in forestalling Trump's normalization," he said in the piece. "Violent resistance accomplishes this."

In light of several incidents of violence against Trump supporters at campaign rallies in Arizona and California, some readers thought the piece went too far.

"So it's ok to sucker punch an innocent Trump supporter?" said former GOP congressman Joe Walsh on Twitter.

The piece remains on HuffPost even after the website deleted a similarly controversial op-ed from late May. That post, written by an obscure online writer named Frank Huguenard, argued that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is likely to be indicted by federal authorities for "racketeering" related to her Clinton Foundation charity and allegations that it has illegally profited using her government connections. …

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