"We’re Going to Have a Revolution and Take Them Out of Office if That’s What It Takes"
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This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016
Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail. Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016
Donald Trump's increasingly inflammatory rhetoric is bringing out the worst in his die-hard supporters, some of whom are now calling for a violent coup if Hillary Clinton becomes president, and pledging to racially profile and intimidate minority voters on Election Day.
The Boston Globe reports that Trump supporters are starting to believe what the GOP presidential nominee has repeatedly told them — that the election will be "rigged" as part of a massive conspiracy to defeat him at the hands of "crooked Hillary." And the impact of Trump's incendiary statements could be felt far beyond Election Day, undermining Americans' faith in democracy and making it difficult to govern — or worse.
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Clinton at recent rally in Cincinnati. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.”
At a rally in North Carolina on Friday, Trump declared: “It’s one big fix. This whole election is being rigged.’’
At the same rally, a Trump supporter attacked a protester, shoving him and putting him in a headlock, as the crowd erupted in chants of "USA, USA!":
Trump was interrupted by a protester in Greensboro and this happened: pic.twitter.com/Hzc2Z82gNu— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) October 14, 2016
Steve Webb, a 61-year-old carpenter, told the Globe he plans to heed Trump's call to "watch your precincts" on Election Day.
“I’ll look for . . . well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he said. “I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”
"I'm not going to do anything illegal."— Erin Burr, sir (@erinscafe) October 15, 2016
um voter intimidation is very much illegal Steve https://t.co/H0z5YHZQ8u
Someone is going to "Stand Their Ground" in response to this, and we're going to have a nightmare unraveling it. https://t.co/xLiNvSxb0U— David Waldman (@KagroX) October 15, 2016
Very dangerous for our democracy: Nearly all GOP electeds silent on 1) jailing political opponents 2) undermining legitimacy of elections https://t.co/cNBw5b2SEu— Nick Gourevitch (@nickgourevitch) October 15, 2016