If anyone wants proof that we are facing a growing political divide, all they need to do is look at the riot that broke out at a Trump rally in Chicago. Everyone is pointing fingers but all involved share the blame.
Donald Trump has used stereotypes against Hispanics and Muslims to gain votes. That is despicable. However, we live in a country where people are allowed to express their opinions, even those most find abhorrent. However, he does NOT have a right to encourage violence. On more than one occasion he has talked about punching demonstrators that interrupt him. It is unthinkable that a presidential candidate behaves so recklessly.
Leaders on the left also share some of the blame. President Obama once pledged to be a post-racial president but has worked to increase the racial divide for political gain. To his credit, he has generally refrained from Trump bashing. Others have not been so reticent. Certainly they have the right to refute his ridiculous assertions but the attacks have gone too far. Time and time again we have seen him compared to Nazis and the KKK. This is the same bunch that equates being a Republican and a racist. They are deliberately fanning the flames.
The protestors also have First Amendment rights. Clearly their intent was, at the very least, to stop the rally. Hundreds, if not thousands, showed up with professionally printed signs. They, and many like them, believe it is perfectly acceptable to shout down people with whom they disagree.
Many Trump supporters are also out of line. One elderly man sucker-punched a protester who police were leading out of the arena. He said next time he would kill him. The vast majority of Trump supporters are decent people. Idiots like this guy do harm to the Trump campaign.
It saddens me that millions of people on both sides of the political spectrum are willing to deny others their constitutional rights. I want no part of their America.