The president’s continued encouragement of violence — and of white nationalism — is part of the reason that white-nationalist violence is increasing. Funny how that works.
Every time the President tweets, speaks, or hints that his supporters should ‘get tougher’ or literally “knock the hell” out of hecklers it has a real effect. It is more than a dogwhistle, it is an explicit endorsement of violence against those who disagree with his ideas or those of his supporters.
The lack of politeness and civility is a problem. But this is beyond being politically correct or “speaking your mind.” This is the most powerful man in the country using the bully pulpit to incite violence between Americans. And people are listening.
Hate crimes increased 17% between 2016 and 2017 according to the FBI.