UPDATE 2:30 p.m. ET:
Vox founder Ezra Klein announced Friday the suspension of editor Emmett Rensin, who encouraged violent protests at Trump rallies. Read more about Klein's announcement.
As violent protests against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and his supporters reached a boiling point Thursday night in San Jose, California, one editor at Vox is calling on anti-Trump activists to keep the riots coming.
As ABC News reporter Tom Llamas was reporting that Trump supporters were being "terrorized and beaten up by mobs of protesters," Vox editor Emmett Rensin took to Twitter to mock the development.
A few minutes later, the Vox editor began explicitly calling for more rioting against the "fascist" billionaire businessman and his faithful followers, declaring, "If Trump is Hitler then you've got no business condemning rioters."
Let's be clear: It's never a shame to storm the barricades set up around a fascist.— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016
Twitter users were quick to respond to Rensin's suggestion, many mocking Vox for the content it publishes.
@Popehat Followed by at least 2-3 major stealth edits.— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) June 3, 2016
On the first try, but then Vox will make changes to the piece without disclosing that it made changes. #journalism https://t.co/eOZzY8cUVu— Gabriel Malor (@Gabriel Malor) 1464933846.0
.@gabrielmalor I've always wanted to read a guide to riots culled from Wikipedia and vaguely remembered ovulars at Brown— (((Popehat))) (@Popehat)June 3, 2016
Friday morning, defending the controversial posts he published Thursday evening, Rensin tweeted that, though attacks on another human being are "categorically immoral," damaging property is "vastly more negotiable."
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