As a btw, I personally think its an unfortunate trend when we hear and then repeat an association between political discourse with the language of violence. When this is done I personally fear American politics degenerating into real violence because we are conditioning ourselves to think if it as one in the same. I'm not suggesting everyone in America will succum to engaging in violence but all it would take is a handful and we, America of all places, could degenerate into a two bit third-world country where political hostilies are so high and the public thinks of politics in violent terms.
In my opinion calling criticism and other non-complementary political commentary attacks, is a propaganda tool intended to silence opposition by vilifying the opposition as those who committ acts of cruelty against women and children. I also think its a slippery slope that could and has lead some to actually include acts of violence toward those they classify as their opposition since in their minds they've concluded its only evening the score.