An analysis of former President Trump’s recent rhetoric and social media posts reveal an even deeper slide into potential violence.
Trump Promises Retribution
For months now, Trump has been telling his supporters that he’s their retribution– that a second term would see the former President rain vengeance upon their political enemies.
Trump Embraces Violent Rhetoric
A recent survey of Trump remarks has revealed that Trump isn’t waiting until the election to stoke the flames of violence.
Trump Calls for Criminals to Be Shot on Sight
As NBC reported, in a recent California speech, Trump called on shoplifters to be shot on sight.
Trump Recommends Death Penalty for Drug Dealers
Elsewhere during the campaign, Trump has called for the execution of drug dealers.
Trump Imagines Former General Executed
A week earlier, noted NBC, Trump hypothesized that outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Miley earned the death penalty for treasonous acts committed in the final weeks of Trump’s term.
The reason? A call Miley made to his Chinese counterpart to offer reassurance that the Trump administration wasn’t planning an attack on China.
Trump Mocks Victim of Political Violence
Finally, Trump’s California speech featured a ‘joke’ about Paul Pelosi, the husband of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who was attacked by a hammer-wielding Trump supporter in January 2023.
“How’s her husband doing, by the way, anybody know?” Trump asked.
Trump Defiant in Court
Prior to the start of his business fraud trial on Monday, October 2nd, Trump called New York Attorney General Lettia James, who is Black, “racist,” and accused her of being “rogue” and “out of control.”
Trump Earns Gag Order
When Trump directed his ire toward fraud case Judge Arthur Engoron and his staff, Judge Engoron ordered a narrow gag order forbidding Trump from speaking publicly about members of the judge’s staff.
Breaking the gag order would result in serious sanctions.
A Second Gag Order Pending
Special Counsel Jack Smith is also seeking a gag order against Trump in the election interference case for comments Trump has made in public and on social media.
Trump Comments Excused
Many of Trump’s comments may be are excused as, “Trump just being Trump.”
It could be easy to ignore the violent imagery, especially since the presentation may appear unpolished.
Trump Indulges in Bizarre Rants
At a recent Iowa campaign event, for example, the former President mused that, given the choice, he’d rather die of electrocution than be eaten by a shark.
And, in South Carolina, Trump falsely asserted that wind turbines were killing whales.
Trump Gaffs Aplenty
Gaffs also punctuate Trump’s appearances. In South Carolina, Trump mixed up Jeb and George W. Bush. Trump also recently said he beat Obama in the 2016 Presidential election.
But the violent imagery isn’t a gaff; some Trump fans seem to take it to heart. it’s something Trump’s fans like.
Some Trump Supporters Cheer Violence
NBC found Trump supporters who affirmed that General Milley should be subjected to the death penalty.
“Why was he not in there before a firing squad within a month?” asked supporter Cynthia Yockey.
“Treason is treason,” said Vicky Enseminger, another Trump supporter, adding, “There’s only one cure for treason: being put to death.
” In fact, most Trump supporters who spoke with NBC celebrated Trump’s calls to violence.
A Dangerous Pattern
Trump’s already inspired political violence with his rhetoric. Many who participated in the January 6th riot alleged said that Trump told them to come.
Even elected officials seem to take their cues from Trump. Arizona Republican Representative Paul Gosar also said Miley should be executed.
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