Essays

Why Trump didn’t incite violence

No politician should be immune from criticism.

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The word incite is legally defined as “to instigate, persuade, or move another to commit a crime.” If you incite violence, you are calling upon a person (or persons) to kill or injure someone.


My latest column was published in The Post Millennial.

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4 comments

  1. Thanks, Woody. Yes, agreeing on the literal meaning of a word is key to resolving arguments about what is right and wrong.

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.

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  2. I like how you describe this, Christopher. What do the damn words mean! What is it to ‘incite violence’. Is it to claim that another group is pure evil (as Omar has)? Is it to sincerely disagree with such an utterance (as President Trump did)? Is it to make honest criticism of a religion (as we both have)? Is it to demand that if any other of my family even consider another god that they must be struck dead, and that my own hand must deal the blow (as more than one god has)?. That’s why I like to examine the actual meaning of the words that are used. People speak of the situation under which the words were uttered, the context in which they were spoken, how they can be so easily taken the wrong way. But I have asked myself before, “How am I to take these words from Omar, if not exactly how they were given ? Am I to believe the endless parade of Leftists who down-play her words and their meaning ? Am I to add violent encouragement to President Trump’s protest of Omar’s words, violent encouragement which is not even vaguely represented by what he said? No, my political leanings don’t affect my knowledge of my first language. Thanks for reading.
    Woody.

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