Not too long ago, Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin of New Mexico and founder of “Cowboys for Trump” stirred outrage during an appearance at the New Hope Revival Church by suggesting that Democrats should be killed.
“I’ve come to a place where I’ve come to the conclusion that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,” he declared before telling the cheering crowd of “Christians” that he doesn’t really mean that even though other statements he has made proves he’s full of sh*t.
“I don’t say that in the physical sense, and I can already see where the videos getting edited where it says I want to go murder Democrats,” he said. “No. I say that in the political sense because the Democrat agenda and policy is anti-American right now.”
Despite that declaration, Trump shared the video on Twitter and thanked the group.
Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico! https://t.co/aCRJeskUA8
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
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Trump literally promoted a video of his supporters calling for and cheering on the killing of Democrats so that he can stay in power. Combine that with his threat to shut down social media, his threat to unleash the military upon American citizens, and his unleashing of secret police upon cities across the country to terrorize Americans, it’s clear that Trump is moving toward fascist rule.
Social media users immediately condemned him for promoting violence against Democrats.
“The only good Democrat is a DEAD Democrat” is the Tweet Trump is Replying to, While we just found out his Republican GOP leaders tested positive for over a week EXPOSING Democrats in Pennsylvania like @BrianSimsPA without letting anyone know! This is a CRIME encouraging MURDER!
— DanielNewmaη 404-737-1636 (@DanielNewman) May 28, 2020
He is evil. Utterly vile. Nasty piece of work
— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@SkylarJordan) May 28, 2020
🚨Trump retweeted a video saying, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
The man later claims he didn’t mean it in the “physical” sense.🙄
Reminder that Trump has “inspired” his followers to send BOMBS and DEATH THREATS to Democratic leaders.🤬https://t.co/dC5DHyBzUb
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) May 28, 2020
.@realDonaldTrump, you fucking lunatic! The message in this video that you are replying to is “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” Of course you knew that. Your issue isn’t Twitter, it is the narcissistic, hate filled, lying, incompetent being that lives inside of you.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 28, 2020
Trump expects supporters to rise up and slaughter his opponents in solidarity?
— Camille Gray (@jcamillegray) May 28, 2020
I just reported the tweet. I’m sick & tired of groups like these who think they’re the only ones that love this country. All of us want to see this country strive for it’s potential. Trump is not the pathway forward & more of this hostility will continue as long as he’s in office
— Angel🇺🇸 Biden2020/ FliptheSenate (@AngelandRick) May 28, 2020
The President retweeted a video that opens with a man saying, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
Donald Trump is putting targets on Americans backs, fomenting violence and hate, and his words are killing people. In El Paso. In Dayton. In Charlottesville.
158 days. https://t.co/GRZtwT4UHN
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 28, 2020
We aren’t that far removed from when Trump urged his armed supporters to “liberate” states from Democratic governors who refuse to relax social distancing policies as the pandemic continues to kill Americans. So far, nearly 200,000 Americans have died. That’s approximately nearly one-third of the number of Americans who died during the Civil War. And now it increasingly appears that Trump is aiming to trigger a second such war.
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