Don’t Normalize Violence
This is what normalizing violence looks like:
This guy / these people hurting people in the name of politics / ideology...
are terrorists (if they’re on the other side)
are crazy (if they’re on our side)
The politician encouraging violence / harassment in the name of politics...
is inciting violence (if he/she is on the other side)
is just joking / is reacting understandably to the provocations of the opposition (if she/he is on our side)
Here’s an idea for a different response:
Violence / harassment in the name of politics is ALWAYS wrong.
ALWAYS condemn it, unequivocally.
No “yeah, buts”, no “whatabouts“, no “they started it.”
Say it with me: “That is contemptible. He should be prosecuted to the full extent.”
Speeches / remarks that encourage / promote / “joke” about violence / harassment in the name of politics / ideology are irresponsible, shameful to the related political party, and disqualifying for office. Period.
It doesn’t matter what side they’re on.
It doesn’t matter what the other side has said or done.
Someone who will say those things is unfit to lead. Period.
Punish them by firing them. Stigmatize the practice.
Don’t normalize violence.