Putting Trumpism into practice?
Two brothers in Boston reportedly urinated on a homeless Latino man and then beat him with a metal pole, leaving him with a broken nose and other serious injuries. When arrested, they justified themselves by saying "Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported." (Reports don't say whether the victim was in fact an illegal alien, a US citizen, or a legal resident -- not that the thugs could have known anyway, and not that their actions would have been any less evil even if he had been an illegal.)
That would be bad enough, but what is really shocking here is Trump's reported comment when told of the attack:
"It would be a shame," Mr. Trump said, before adding: "I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate."
Holy shit! He couldn't come up with a word of serious condemnation for a violent assault? He couldn't have forcefully declared that he never intended his words to encourage acts of racist violence, and called upon any other "people who are following me" who might be tempted to such behavior to restrain themselves? What on Earth does beating up a vulnerable person have to do with loving one's country and wanting it to be great? This isn't funny any more.
Some of Trump's fans will likely applaud even this as yet another example of his exuberant repudiation of political correctness. They're wrong. Violence is not the same thing as words, however offensive, and repudiating an act committed by someone else in your name is not the same thing as repudiating your own earlier views.
In fairness it's possible that Trump was misquoted, or that he was responding to a less-than-fully-accurate description of the event. It's possible that soon, realizing the gravity of this, he will condemn those men's actions as forcefully as they deserve. If not, we can only assume that his initial response above actually reflects his true feelings -- and draw the appropriate conclusions.
Update: Trump has condemned the attack.