UPDATE: Vox's Ezra Klein has announced that Emmett Rensin has been suspended for “violating Vox’s standards” and “condoning writing that could put others in danger.”
Vox editor Emmett Rensin started a firestorm on Twitter last night after he actually advocated the violent situation in San Jose should be a model for other cities to follow. Rensin continued justifying the riots in subsequent tweets while Rensin’s coworker Matthew Yglesias added to the insanity by bringing up Hitler. Other liberal media jumped in to do their part in justifying the violence.
Rensin began by tweeting this advice:
Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot.— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016
Let's be clear: It's never a shame to storm the barricades set up around a fascist.— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016
Rensin denied that he was advocating “violence” tweeting “property destruction is not violence.”
@Zack_Parker_ Property Destruction Is Not Violence— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016
Many conservatives had fun with this tweet like this one from IowaHawkBlog:
.@emmettrensin Phew! For a minute there I thought I might get into trouble for torching your car— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 3, 2016
Rensin then compared Trump to Hitler, because, of course:
Listen, if Trump is Hitler then you've got no business condemning rioters. If he isn't, you've got no business pretending normal is better.— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016
Which his Vox co-worker Matthew Yglesias had to defend:
Would you travel back in time to throw an egg at baby Hitler?— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 3, 2016
Think Progress did their part in defending the riots, putting the blame on Trump as well:
But Vox wasn’t the only one justifying the violent riots. CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and Bob Beckel yawned over the violence, claiming it was just “one person” that got hurt (not true) and that Trump was to blame.