There are very, very few instances when I would encourage anyone to not vote. It’s a right and a privilege for law-abiding American citizens to exercise. The number of people taking action and actually voting is dangerously low for our republic, so I don’t discourage anyone other than idiots.
If you’re making your voting decisions for local, congressional, senatorial, or gubernatorial races based on the insane alleged actions of Cesar Altieri Sayoc or Robert Bowers, you probably shouldn’t vote.
I fear their actions will have an impact, but thankfully others don’t think it will:
As the number of pipe bombs grew and it became clear that all the targets were Democrats or fierce critics of President Trump, most fingers pointed in the obvious direction. Much of the media rushed to blame the president, and Dem congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi piled on, even denouncing Trump’s call for national unity.
“Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions,” they said in a statement that was remarkably harsh and partisan given that the suspect was still at large and fear was growing by the day.
I certainly hope Michael Goodwin is correct. It’s not that these events aren’t important. They just shouldn’t have an impact on elections. It’s time to heal, but healing should have nothing to do with how someone votes.