I wrote earlier this morning about the violence at Trump rallies last Thursday. Violence I gained a reputation for being indifferent to in spite of the fact that I’m not.

To be clear, it was abhorrent. Heat Street helpfully put together a video highlighting the horribleness and some of it is frankly tough to watch.

As Andrew Stiles asks in the article, “Are these idiots trying to get Trump elected?

It’s a good question. Because if you’re trying to convince a group of people who feel like they are struggling against the tide to make their way and are emboldened each time they hit a road block, possibly the best way to vindicate their view and harden their resolve is to punch them in the face.