“There’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this,” a Huffington Post writer claims in “Sorry Liberals, a Violent Response to Trump Is as Logical as Any.”
Jesse Benn, in his piece updated a mere week before the shooting of Republican House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), justifies violence against President Donald Trump and his supporters:
“There’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this. In spite of this, such resistance is apparently more offensive and unacceptable to societal norms and liberal sensibilities than the nastiness being resisted in the first place.”
“Violent resistance matters. Riots can lead to major change.”
Originally published in 2016 while Trump was running for president, the article was "updated" on June 6, 2017, the post says.
Benn calls anti-violence liberals ignorant and misguided because they refuse to accept the proven value of violent resistance:
“They misunderstand the desired outcome from violent resistance and those protesting Trump in general. And third, they ignore the history of successful violent insurrection in the US, instead favoring the elementary school version of history in which nonviolence is the only means of struggle that’s ever achieved a thing.”
“A litany of think-pieces and condemnations from liberal media and politicians are making their rounds to make it clear how unacceptable and counterproductive any violence or rioting is, urging people to “listen to the other side,” and to use “legitimate means“ to fight Trump’s rise—ignoring the possibility of fascism in the US rising with it.”
“These denunciations of violence from anti-Trump protestors rest on the misguided view that the divide Trump’s exposed is a typical political disagreement between partisans, and should be handled as such. This couldn’t be further from the truth."
Violence against the Trump Administration is justified - and necessary - because Trump is a “21st century” fascist, Benn argues:
“Trump might not be a fascist in the 20th century European sense of the term—though many of his supporters are—but he might represent its 21st century US version.”
"Treating this like politics as usual allows it to become politics as usual, and those who do so risk complicity ushering in a new era of fascist politics in the United States. Violence that takes place at Trump rallies—in support or opposition—is a reaction to the tone he’s set, and the blame for it should land primarily on his shoulders."
"And since we’re talking about fascism, it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t the election of a moderate centrist (hello, Hillary) or a sanguine protest that stopped its ascent in Europe. It was, primarily, the Russian military, and to a lesser extent the US military; neither of which practiced nonviolence if memory serves."
Benn concludes by telling anti-violence liberals to abandon their ‘problematic” belief in peaceful resistance:
“Last, I want to briefly note the problematic nature of people with privilege condemning violent resistance to Trump as an absolute moral failing, or denying its logic.”
“Don’t be that liberal.”
Benn, who is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, describes himself at the end of the article: “Jesse Benn Engaged citizen, opinionated writer, critical media studies scholar, amateur photographer/videographer, engages in random acts of journalism.”