People like Rand Paul would like to pretend that Trump’s words have no real significance and that he didn’t do anything much different than any other run-of-the-mill politico.

They want you to think that saying “Go, fight, win!” means the same thing when said on the sidelines of a football field as it does when barked by the commander-in-chief to a group of men and women, some of them armed, all of them with a grievance, who believe they are on a mission from God to rescue their country from evil.

They want you to believe that Trump is something like a mere “private citizen” who mistakenly yelled “Fire!” in a crowded theater, when what Trump really did is like pulling all the alarms, pumping up a smoke machine, and cranking the thermostat to trick people into believing they would perish if they didn’t immediately follow his lead.