The title of Erick Erickson's commentary Wednesday morning pretty much spells out what may be on more than a few minds since last Tuesday's election: "I think a lot of left-wing pundits privately hope someone kills Donald Trump."
Erickson, a conservative writer and editor-in-chief of The Resurgent, noted that fearful, angry leftists are engaging in "incendiary rhetoric" against the Republican president-elect, saying he's ushering in an age of "Nazism, fascism, racism, homophobia" to the point that "either they really are not grounded in reality or they are hoping to so scare people about Trump that someone will engage in violence."
"I suspect it is the latter and too few of them are willing to admit it," he continued. "These pundits are actively amping up fear hoping someone will do what they are not brave enough to do."
More from Erickson:
Jamelle Bouie claims there is no such thing as a good Trump voter. The now former CEO of a tech company claimed he wanted to assassinate Trump. Just yesterday I was taking my kid to get a haircut and a college student was openly fretting that Donald Trump was going to get us all killed because of inaction on climate change. Last week, a DNC staffer named Zach yelled at Donna Brazile that “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.”
And given oft-stated fears that Trump is getting in bed with white nationalists and making racist attacks the norm, Erickson pondered the obvious:
Ultimately, it comes down to a single question that can be asked in two different ways: if you really believe Trump is a fascist who is emboldening white nationalism and will begin systematic persecution of Muslims, blacks, gays, and Jews, how can you sit on the sidelines and not take action to stop him? If you really believe that because of Trump you are “going to die from climate change” how can you not take up arms against him? After all, a majority of Americans voted against Trump, yet he will become President.
"These leftists either believe it and are too cowardly to stand up or they do not believe it and are irresponsibly inflaming the sensibilities of people," Erickson concluded. "Either way they are playing at a most dangerous game and clearly do not care."