Bernie Sanders has received close to 10 million votes thus far with over 1 million individual donations. His support is YUGE!
Do I believe even for a second that Bernie Sanders supporters are outright violent? Absolutely not! Do I believe that there are some individuals on all sides who have the potential to become violent? Absolutely!
Bernie Sanders, just like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, cannot possibly vet every single voter, supporter, and donor to his campaign. If it were even possible to do so, it would probably be frowned upon for many ethical reasons.
This means that their may be some supporters of all campaigns who have a penchant for violence and may incite riots. But the candidates themselves are not to blame for these violent attacks. Not unless they, in some way, condone the acts or even encourage such acts. To my knowledge, neither Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton have done such things.
Any person who is found to have committed violent acts or threats of aggression should be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.
At this point, I would like to beg all of the candidates’ supporters to be extremely careful in your actions as well as your words. Do not say or do anything that could in any way be taken as a threat of violence. Do not allow your candidate to be dragged through the mud because of something you said or did in the heat of the moment.
I don’t like Hillary Clinton very much. There is no denying that, but I do not blame her directly for shots being fired into Bernie Sanders’ campaign headquarters, or for his campaign team’s apartment being broken into and ransacked, or even for Wendell Pierce physically assaulting a Bernie Sanders supporter. I don’t believe she had anything directly to do with any of these actions. But I am just one voice out of millions.
This one, small voice, is asking, begging for everyone to just choose peace over violence, to choose love over war.