As stupid as it may sound, this question has provoked my thinking for a long time. If somebody goes out looking for a fight, and they walk into a bar and provoke it, that seems pretty straight forward to me. My religious upbringing, of course, talked about turning the other cheek. And indeed, Buddhist thought is certainly chock full of suggestions that no matter what the occasion, if you find yourself in the midst of violence, you are almost certain (note almost) to be somewhat to blame for getting yourself there.
The Trump rallies appear to be getting violent. People can debate about whether Trump is racist or not, I think that's beside the point. What doesn't seem to be beside the point is that in the midst of Trump's diverse crowd of white dudes, there are more than a few who do not like black people. If it seems an established fact that a Trump is likely to have more than a few people who don't like black people, is a black person who shows up basically begging to get their ass kicked? I would say no of course, but clearly, it's a manipulative move daring the Trumplings to respond. And more and more, they seem happy to do so. Ironically, black people may be doing for the Republican party what it can't do for itself, which is make Trump look bad.
The thing about protest is that if you are really trying to bring change, you have to make people uncomfortable. In essence, disrupt their copacetic, iddilic day to make them think about something they don't want to think about. The Tea Party did it. They arguably haven't accomplished a whole lot yet, but they have put fear into a lot Republicans who felt they were safe from district challenges. Black people disrupting a white event though seems to really piss a lot of people off. I'll admit, it annoyed me when they jumped in Bernie's shit. Not enough that I wanted to cold cock someone, but it was annoying. But it's also made me take a fresh look at how I view race issues.
So who's to blame here? Trump for telling people he'll pay their legal bills if they kick some ass, or protestors who show up to a place where they know there are neanderthalls just waiting for a reason to kick someones ass?