Well, now we have seen the defense put forth by Donald Trump’s mob lawyers. It is simply to show that both Trump and the Democrats use the same tough rhetoric — words like fight. In fact Trump’s defenders must have shown Democrats using the word fight a hundred times to make their point. What they don’t point out is what those tough words were directed for and against. In Trump’s case such words were said to promote tyranny while in the case of the Democrats they were directed against tyranny. But you say, how can one tell whether it is Trump or the Democrats that are siding with America’s evil side or rather the nation’s better angels?

Easy! Violent patriot, Klan and neo-Nazi groups have had no problem understanding which side is appealing to what cause. In his own not so subtle way Trump has been appealing to America’s dark side ever since coming down the escalator and entering politics (and even before that with his birther attacks on President Obama) by attacking emigrants and minorities that have been routinely attacked well over a hundred years by American hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan.

Yes sir, it’s not so much the specific words themselves but instead their intent that carries meaningful weight. America’s domestic terrorists in tactical gear led the attack on the capital, the nation’s dark underbelly (and, yes, some citizen innocents also got carried away by the moment) whom Trump said he loved and that he directed to “fight like hell,” and then in oh so faint tweeted code called to them to kill his own VP, which should not have been a shock since Trump has been a backstabber his entire life.

No, the rhetorical intent of Trump and the Democrats has never been the same even if a few words are identical.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!