Target: Donald Trump
Goal: Don’t pay legal fees for supporters who assault protestors.
Republican candidate Donald Trump has now publicly said that he will contemplate paying the legal fees for supporters who assault protestors. He said so after a man sucker-punched a protestor at a rally in North Carolina. The protestor was being led away by security when the man reached out and punched him. The supporter later said he would kill the protestor the next time he saw him. The man was arrested on assault and disorderly conduct charges.
Trump said he is having his team look into the prospect of paying the man’s legal fees. Confusingly, he also said that he does not condone violence, while simultaneously blaming the assault on the victim. For weeks, Trump has been insulting and speaking violent rhetoric against the protestors at his rallies, which in turn breeds violence among his supporters.
His rhetoric throughout the campaign trail has been violent and dividing, and it has led to near daily attacks against protestors. Before the incident, Trump had told other crowds that he would pay their legal fees if they got arrested for beating up protestors. Paying the legal fees of violent supporters, who often align themselves with racist groups, tells them that it is acceptable to assault protestors, who are often minorities. Write to Trump to tell him to stop this wildly dangerous rhetoric.
Dear Mr. Trump,
We are writing to demand that you do not pay the legal fees for the violent criminals at your rallies. Their dangerous outbursts against protestors, who are often peaceful, are the fault of dangerous rhetoric and misguided beliefs. The man arrested at your rally in North Carolina landed a cowardly punch on a non-violent protestor who was there speaking his beliefs. There is no way to spin it and say your violent supporter was in the right.
Providing legal fees for violent fans only tells them that it is acceptable to attack minority voters who speak out against you. That is no way to run a campaign, nor is it any way to get elected. Promoting violence against free speech is not even American. And you are currently telling your voters that that violence is permissible, because they will be covered.
You must be able to see the violence and outrage that this is calling. You cannot be able to punish anyone who speaks out against you, and providing legal fees for beating up people who do only fuels more protests. If you provide legal fees for your violent fans, it is only a matter of time before something goes wrong and someone dies. Please do not pay the legal fees for supporters who turn violent against protestors.
[Your Name Here]
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