"When you set aside mere names & come down to realities, you find that we are ruled by a King just as other absolute monarchies are. His name is The Majority. He is mighty in bulk & strength ... He rules by the right of possessing less money & less brains & more ignorance than the other competitor for the throne, The Minority. Ours is an Absolute Monarchy." - unsent letter to Bayard Taylor, June 10, 1878.
Was he referring to R. B. Hayes?
Yes, most likely.
Was wondering because the Democrats (the majority) forced the electoral college to a compromise that ended the reconstruction in the South.
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.