“It is called reprisals among other things”
They don’t see it that way. No one is doing those things now, and they feel like they would be in absolute control to prevent such things. To be a liberal is to be very, very dumb, delusional, and live in a fantasy world where there are no consequences.
Magical thinking is pretty commonplace. Still doesn’t work, though. Consequences are inevitable, and often unintended.