When two partisan political worlds collide this ---- happens. Some would say its just words vs. physical harm, trying to show one person in the right while the other isn't.
Words are made of sounds and sounds are directed sound waves, which can cause pressure enough to damage the delicate hearing nerves that each of us has within our heads.
So whoever said that words cannot hurt is a liar.
Even though I support freedom of speech, I do have this anecdote to share-- a long time ago in a school hallway not so far away, a kid in my fifth grade class screamed into the ear of one of my friends. He ended up suffering a perforated eardrum, permanent hearing damage, hyperacusis and permanent tinnitus-- the latter of which used to drive him nuts. In high school and college he shied away from normal everyday noises and became increasingly isolated and quick to anger and eventually turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with his "curse".
He overdosed in 2015 at the age of 26. He is one of six kids in my graduating class that have OD'd so far. Still, I always wonder if he would've have gone down that path if it wasn't for those "harmless" words shouted directly into his ear.