Friday evening's Donald Trump rally in Chicago was broken up by a foul-mouthed mob that infiltrated the hall and forced the cancelation of the event to prevent violence and bloodshed.
Brownshirt tactics worked. The mob, triumphant, rejoiced.
And the reaction of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich?
All three Republican rivals blamed -- Donald Trump.
With his "dangerous style of leadership," Trump stokes this anger, mewed Rubio, "This is what happens when a leading presidential candidate goes around feeding into a narrative of bitterness and anger and frustration."
Rubio implies that if Trump doesn't tone down his remarks to pacify the rabble, he will be responsible for the violence visited upon him.
Kasich echoed Rubio: "Donald Trump has created a toxic environment (that) has allowed his supporters and those who sometimes seek confrontation to come together in violence."
But were the thousands of Trump supporters who came out to cheer him that night really looking for a fight? Or were they exercising their right of peaceful assembly?
Cruz charged Trump with "creating an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discord," thus offering absolution to the mob.
Friday night cried out for moral clarity. What we got from Trump's rivals was moral mush that called to mind JFK's favorite quote from Dante: The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.
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