I agree with you with the sentiment that protesters should not be violent, and I also agree with you that he has every right to kick people out of his venue; however, saying that “Trump does not condone violence” is quite the stretch there. Mostly for the simple fact that he quite often does condone violence. He may say that he does not condone it during some interview after being grilled on the matter, but the very next day he will make some ridiculous comments that very much infer that he condones violence. Here are a few examples:
- “Trump has said that as president and commander-in-chief of the the U.S. military he would require American soldiers to hunt down and "take out" the families of terrorists ... in other words, mass murdering innocent women and children.” — Regarding his plan to fight against terror.
- “Trump has said that he will not rule out using nukes in Europe, because he wants to be "unpredictable."”— when asked about nuclear weapons
- “Part of the problem … is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.” — St. Louis, Missouri rally
- “The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little more of.” — Press conference in Florida in response to one of of his supporters sucker punching a protester
- “In the good old days this doesn’t happen because we treated them rough” — Trump Rally in North Carolina
- "I think it's great but I don't think we go far enough!" — His position on torture, specifically waterboarding
- "I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." — further regarding his stance on torture
- “I’d like to punch him in the face.” — Las Vegas rally in response to a protester being escorted out
- “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” — Birmingham Alabama, In response to being questioned about one of his supporters kicking, punching, and calling a black lives matter activist ‘nigger’. Trump said the activist deserved the treatment because he was being ‘so loud’ and ‘obnoxious’
- “I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will.” — Commenting on what he would do if a Black Lives Matter supporter took over his platform like they did with Sanders
In addition, you’re acting like things such as protests and riots are hurting Trump, when in fact it is just the opposite. Looking at the whole picture you can see a pattern that whenever there are fights, riots, or anything controversial for that matter happening with Trump, he ends up the winner. He gains so much free media and spotlight, regardless if it is negative, controversy always results with him out on top, we have seen this many times.
In fact, so much of the appeal that Trump supporters find in him is his ‘controversial nature’. Many of his supporters like to claim that they hate those who “play the victim”; nonetheless, the very same people are the ones who jump with joy whenever they hear about protests or riots happening so it can be their turn to “play the victim”. They often do this while trying to maintain on top of a moral high ground. e.g. “b-but Trump doesn’t condone violence!”. Don’t give us that bullshit. You know that is not true, don’t even try it.
With all this said, You make some good points regarding the matter of free speech and first amendment rights. I will make very clear that i do not think people should try to no-platform him or harass his supporters. No one should be no-platformed because of opposing views. I am very much a strong believer in freedom of speech; in other words, I don’t think that Trump should not be able to say the things he says, even though i do find much of what he says completely abhorrent.
It is a fact that he has said a lot of violent things, and with a platform as big as his, i think of course, he does share some responsibility for part of the violence that has occurred — lest you forget that here has been much violence coming from his side as well. Of course, everyone is responsible for their own actions though. I cannot hold Trump responsible for one of his supporters attacking an immigrant — however we do need to keep in mind that the things he says does have a very strong influence on his supporters, which in turn results in a very fine and gray line regarding who is to be held responsible for action that results.