Asked about the violent protests at Donald Trump rallies, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gave a clear answer. "Violence is absolutely and totally unacceptable," he said. He added that if anyone was considering becoming violent, "please do not tell anybody you are a Bernie Sanders supporter, because those are not the supporters that I want."
Of course, he couldn't help but also bash Trump, adding that he found the New York business mogul's positions "reprehensible and disgraceful," before launching into a lengthy diatribe about Trump's insults toward women and minorities. Still, Sanders told his audience that defeating Trump would not take egg-throwing and violence, but education and organization.
When Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton tried to condemn the violence, however, she missed the mark by blaming him for the violence against his supporters.
"I condemn all violence in our political arena," Clinton told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I condemned it when Donald Trump was inciting it and congratulating people who were engaging in it. I condemn it by those who are taking violent protests to physical assault against Donald Trump. This has to end."
So far, so good. But Clinton couldn't stop there. She added: "He created an environment in which it seemed to be acceptable for someone running for president to be inciting violence, to be encouraging his supporters. Now, we're seeing people who are against him responding in kind," she added.
As if Trump had some mysterious power over the free will of all anti-Trump protestors. They can't help themselves.
Words are words. Responding to words with violence automatically loses the argument and feeds those with whose words you disagree.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.