“The President of the United States is encouraging the military, police, and bikers to violently attack his critics on the left.”
President Donald Trump delivered a thinly-veiled threat in an interview this week with the far right wing website Breitbart.
“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told Breitbart (Google cache version.)
The remark was framed as remarks on the “general tensions between conservatives and leftists.”
Trump’s remarks were not widely publicized, as Breitbart, which for years was run by Trump’s former campaign CEO Steve Bannon, is not a mainstream publication. Bannon infamously described the site as the platform for the alt-right.
But Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, who focuses on tracking and fact-checking all of Trump’s remarks, posted the quote to Twitter. It quickly drew concern, outrage, and condemnation – and repeated charges of fascism.
Here’s what some experts are saying about the threat from the President:
Founder of ThinkProgress and Popular.info:
We can’t sugarcoat this.
The President of the United States is encouraging the military, police, and bikers to violently attack his critics on the left. https://t.co/UdP9EcxjPy
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 14, 2019
Trump is propped up by a transnational crime syndicate dominated by billionaires. Folks will emphasize the threat here — but it’s also an attempt to make himself seem rooted in all-American, blue-collar protection. In reality Trump’s big backers are corrupt elites just like him. https://t.co/I0lRghCrXd
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) March 14, 2019
Emmy award-winning MSNBC anchor:
This is…a threat of fascist violence by the President ?https://t.co/JQ1Yq3L9Nt
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 14, 2019
Public policy professor, pundit, and political scientist:
This is how an authoritarian talks. Happening right in front of us. https://t.co/7VK8ZUS6fF
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) March 14, 2019
Washington Post journalist:
Imagine a 2011 Obama interview in which he mused about the New Black Panthers supporting him in case things “got to a certain point.” https://t.co/9B0tcSdZpv
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 14, 2019
Senior Writer at RollingStone:
This is fascistic language. https://t.co/hjRLk6oHTK
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 14, 2019
You mean like when your ceaseless attacks on democratically elected officials and the free press inspired a pipe bomber and a Coast Guard lieutenant to plot the assassination of your “enemies list”? Is that what you’re trying to inspire here yet again? https://t.co/yKCjnyo22r
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 14, 2019
Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama:
Are we supposed to take this seriously or literally? https://t.co/G2Ofdm13Xk
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) March 14, 2019
Editor-in-Chief of Shakesville.com:
This, too, must be read as part of Trump’s campaign of stochastic terrorism. He is inviting average people to commit violence on his behalf, but distancing himself from it with the pretense that he’s just stating a “truth” about “the way it is.” https://t.co/0vyV9gIg90
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) March 14, 2019
National correspondent for the Los Angeles Times:
The South made the same argument about sissified Northerners, roughly some time shortly before starting and then losing the Civil War. https://t.co/AhZQUP8jcO
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) March 14, 2019
Journalist, think tank fellow:
Well that’s fascist https://t.co/OAOi6WzmH1
— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) March 14, 2019
Activist and writer:
Sounds like Trump has escalated his theatrics from civil war to an all-out coup? https://t.co/DWcgLWbKlD
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 14, 2019
Columnist at The Intercept:
There he goes threatening violence and civil conflict once again – not to mention sounding like a bully in the playground. https://t.co/Y1eBxCxNoU
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 14, 2019
If Trump loses in 2020, he may encourage street riots. https://t.co/s1KAVGI1J6
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) March 14, 2019
Contributing writer for the Washington Monthly:
This is fascism defined, folks. Wow. https://t.co/6bZCI9Rd1A
— John Stoehr’s Editorial Board (@johnastoehr) March 14, 2019
Image by The White House via Flickr
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Trump Gleefully Jokes About ‘Rough’ Treatment of US Reporters by North Korean Guards (Video)
Last month during a GOP fundraiser held at Mar-a-Lago Donald Trump, the former president, gleefully recounted an event he says took place when he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
“And the press came in and they were rough, not so much with him — even not so much with me — but the way they poured in, physically they tried to push guards down. And fortunately, these were North Korea guards. They didn’t get pushed down.”
“It was a rough kind of a day for the press,” Trump noted.
Walker adds there is “a chance Trump may have said ‘unfortunately,’ but the overall intent of the remark — mocking tough physical treatment of the press by the authoritarian Kim’s guards — is clear. After telling the tale, Trump began to chuckle and the audience laughed along with him.”
The Washington Post reported at the time of the meeting, June of 2019, that then-press secretary Stephanie Grisham was “bruised…in a scuffle between North Korean security and members of the U.S. press pool covering President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”
The Secret Service was forced to intervene “as North Korean guards pushed and shoved American reporters,” The Post added.
Trump spent a good portion of his time campaigning from 2015 through 2021 attacking the press, even calling out some reporters by name. One famous story involves NBC News/MSNBC reporter Katy Tur, who required Secret Service armed escorts out of a Trump rally in December of 2015 after she was personally, verbally attacked by Trump.
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‘We Will Never Back Down’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Serves Up Defiant Religious Rant Vowing to Only Serve God
Embattled U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) served up a fiery, defiant religious rant on social media Wednesday morning, and speaking in the third person, vowing to only “serve” and “bow to” God.
“We will never back down,” she promised.
At 6:42 AM Greene, whose Twitter bio indicates she is a “Christian, Wife, Mom, Small Business Owner, Proud American, 100% Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Trump #MAGA,” posted a tweet praising God.
His ways are the only ways I care about.
How GREAT is our God! pic.twitter.com/jTNHI71SJq
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 3, 2021
About an hour later, Greene responded to a Politico report stating House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was leaning toward stripping her of her committee assignments, declaring that no matter what he does, “it would never be enough for the hate America Democrats.”
The “hate America Democrats” is a favorite phrase of Greene’s.
Rather than attack McCarthy, who holds her future in his hands, she went after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whose execution she has repeatedly supported.
“As much as [McCarthy] genuinely tries to work with @SpeakerPelosi for the good of this country, she refuses to see the hypocrisy of her own conference,” Greene claimed.
She then proceeded to attack well-known Democratic lawmakers, although not mentioning them by name. These are not new attacks from Greene, she has made most of these before, but they are vitriolic and most are unfounded.
Filled with members who supported, cheered on, & funded criminal thugs who riot, burn, loot, attack police, murder, & occupy federal property.
Members who sleep with our greatest enemy, marry their brother to get him in our country, lead a violent mob in neighborhoods, and more.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 3, 2021
They are only set out to destroy Republicans, your jobs, our economy, your children’s education and lives, steal our freedoms, and erase God’s creation.
And the bloodthirsty media are their henchmen who help them by relentlessly attacking anyone in their path.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 3, 2021
And then Greene reverted to her religious remarks, again, appearing to speak in the third person.
We know who they all are.
We owe them no apologies
We will never back down.
We only serve the ONE who created us ALL, and we only bow to HIM.
And we know who we are, free and saved by HIS grace.
No matter what.
McEnany: Trump Continues to Pursue ‘Ongoing Litigation’ to Retain Power– It’s Not ‘the January 20th Date’ Yet
Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday, in her role this afternoon as White House press secretary, says President Donald Trump continues to pursue “ongoing litigation” to retain power and has until January 20 to continue those actions.
President-elect Joe Biden won the Electoral College in a 306-232 vote, and beat Donald Trump by more than 7 million votes in the popular vote.
McEnany said Monday’s Electoral College vote was merely “one step in the constitutional process leading up to the January 20th date in the Constitution.”
Her statements are false. The Electoral College has completed its constitutional duties and there is no legal path for overturning its vote.
Despite her being a senior advisor to the Trump campaign, a role experts say is at minimum the appearance of an ethical conflict, she refused to answer more questions and referred reporters to the campaign.
.@PressSec doesn’t say if @realDonaldTrump accepts #ElectionResults2020, telling @CBSNews‘ @benstracy the #ElectoralCollege‘s certification “was one step in the constitutional process leading up to the January 20th date in the constitution” and that “litigation is ongoing” pic.twitter.com/Q1URk1n6so
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 15, 2020
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