Trump’s culmination of violence against his opposing party started way back at the beginning of his presidency. But one of the first crystal clear examples of this happened earlier this year.
Back in May, Otero County Commissioner of New Mexico and “Cowboys for Trump” founder, Couy Griffin, garnered infamy during an appearance at the New Hope Revival Church when he suggested 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 shouted to the crowd of religious zealots, claiming that he was joking and doesn’t mean it literally. It is pretty obvious though, especially with recent events, that more and more extremists truly do mean that.
Trump himself has both promoted a video of people cheering for dead Democrats and called for the “liberation” of Democratic-run states and cities — which makes his calling for the “Trump Army” to stand guard as poll watchers a dangerous sentiment. He is probably hoping the threat of possible violence will intimidate people from voting because that is statistically the only way he can win this upcoming election.
Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico! https://t.co/aCRJeskUA8
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
These fascist tactics are the only way he can conceivably stay in power and as we lead up to a tumultuous presidential election it is more important than ever to stay vigilant. Just like social media users were against this instance, it is important that we never accept this sort of insinuation of violence.
🚨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
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) 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
It’s DEEPLY DISTURBING that the POTUS* has posted someone saying, “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat”. Yeah, the guy followed it w a caveat that he was only speaking “politically”, but the message is put out there, & it’s a vile & violent one. He’s encouraging bad things.
— Serenity Now! (@Cpo10za) May 28, 2020
Trump may seem like a doofus, but his steps at building up violence towards his opposition have been cold and calculated. Don’t think for a second he won’t escalate things if he needs to. Staying in power and staying away from the consequences of his actions are all he cares about.
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