Liberal editor gets punished for inciting anti-Trump riots; see how justice was served to ‘riot boy’

Saying Donald Trump is a “fascist,” an editor of the left-wing website Vox.com took to Twitter to urge people to start “riots” and engage in “property destruction” at Trump rallies. Then, in defense of his lawless comments, he insisted that his call to riots is “not violence” but is fully justified.

On June 2, Vox.com editor Emmett Rensin jumped to his Twitter account with a little advice for the masses by suggesting that if Trump comes to your town you should “start a riot.”

Naturally, almost immediately the reactions to his suggestion began to stream in with some excusing his tweet as “a joke.” But Rensin disavowed that notion saying he was completely serious.

Rensin went on with a long series of tweets meant to defend his call to riots.

The Vox.com editor also insisted that destruction of property isn’t really violence at all.

Naturally, there was a big outcry against his calls for violence.

One wonders how his bosses a Vox.com will take to their editor’s calls for rioting?

As expected the jokes have started, too. Rensin has now earned himself the Twitter hashtag name of #riotboy.

Finally, media watchdog site Mediaite is wondering why the bosses at Vox have been so silent about their editor’s call to mass unrest with a question directly to Vox.com chief editor Ezra Klein.

Mediaite has issued a stark call for action to censure Rensin.

You wanted you very own publication, Ezra… you got it. Here’s some humble advice for the next step in this particular situation: Stop hiding and making a statement. Suspend or fire Emmitt Resnin outright.

Well, Mr. Klein? What say you, indeed.

The response came a few hours later. After Mediatite’s pointed questions, it didn’t take long before Vox.com did act and actually did suspend Rensin for his outrageous call to violence.

Just before 2PM Eastern Time, Vox posted a notice about Resin’s Tweets.

On Thursday night, Emmett Rensin, the deputy editor of Vox’s first person section, sent a series of tweets that, among other things, urged people to riot if Donald Trump comes to their town.

We at Vox do not take institutional positions on most questions, and we encourage our writers to debate and disagree. But direct encouragement of riots crosses a line between expressing a contrary opinion and directly encouraging dangerous, illegal activity. We welcome a variety of viewpoints, but we do not condone writing that could put others in danger.

In this case, Emmett’s tweets violated Vox’s standards and Emmett has been suspended as a consequence.

Well, it seems we got our answer.

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