And while I find Trump and his supporters reveling in a physical attack against someone by a fellow Republican candidate disgusting, I think the bigger issue is how the administration is handling the Kashoggi murder. No blood trail yet but the amount of circumstantial evidence is huge.
It's a bigger international issue for sure, but what narrows the gap for me is that both perpetrator and victim were Americans, the perpetrator is an American elected official, and the President is openly praising the violence as a positive thing. That changes the calculus quite a bit. But the juxtaposition was definitely very striking.
Is Trump going to stand by and support another world leader that is a murderer? Unreal!
As other people are going to note we deal with murderers all the time. It's almost unavoidable in international politics. It's the context of this murder - a brazen, brutal and completely extrajudicial torture, murder and dismemberment of a journalist with American ties in a diplomatic facility, along with the President's seeming enthusiasm to find any excuse for it ("rogue killers" that somehow got into a heavily secured consulate) - that makes it so extraordinary.
This is a good time to point out that we know Trump and family have major business dealings with the Saudis, we know his campaign had a secret meeting with their representatives where they offered support for his election
, but the American people do not know what entanglements and conflicts of interest he has with them, because he refuses to reveal it and the Republicans in Congress have fought tooth and nail to keep them secret. Any and all decisions he makes regarding Saudi Arabia are suspect until he comes clean or is compelled to.