The phrase “Trump encourages violence” is trending on Twitter as opinion pieces in Huffpost and The New York Times are going viral.
“It Isn’t Complicated: Trump Encourages Violence,” penned by NY Times opinion columnist David Leonhardt, begins with this simple premise: “He doesn’t deserve blame for any specific attack. He does deserve blame for the increase in white-nationalist violence.”
“Trump Encourages Violence From His Supporters. They’re Listening,” Senior Reporter Sebastian Murdock writes in Huffpost. He quotes the president’s infamous Charlottesville retort: “You have people who are very fine people on both sides.”
Both columns, of course, are in response to the disturbing remarks President Trump offered in an exclusive interview given in the Oval Office to none other than the far right/alt-right website Breitbart that for years was run by former Trump top advisor Steve Bannon.
Trump, in short, threatened violence from his supporters if he is not re-elected, and he did it in a very Trumpian way: a thinly-veiled suggestion that reads like a dog whistle to those who understand the hidden language of white supremacism and white nationalism.
“GOP leaders have largely ignored Trump’s repeated calls for violence,” Murdock observes in Huffpost. “After Trump claimed to have the might of the military on his side, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stayed quiet. Sens. McConnell and John Cornyn (R-Texas), along with Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) did not respond to HuffPost’s requests asking if they would condemn Trump’s latest remarks,” he adds.
“This wasn’t the first time Trump had mused about violence, of course,” Leonhardt wrote in the Times. “He has talked about ‘Second Amendment people’ preventing the appointment of liberal judges. He’s encouraged police officers to bang suspects’ heads against car roofs. He has suggested his supporters ‘knock the hell’ out of hecklers. At a rally shortly before 2018 Election Day, he went on a similar riff about Bikers for Trump and the military.”
Leonhardt says he’s “well aware of the various see-no-evil attempts to excuse this behavior: That’s just how he talks. Don’t take him literally. Other Republicans are keeping him in check. His speeches and tweets don’t really matter.”
He pushes back, saying, “they do matter. The president’s continued encouragement of violence — and of white nationalism — is part of the reason that white-nationalist violence is increasing. Funny how that works.”
On Twitter, the two columns sparked a discussion. Take a look at some of the responses:
This 10 second clip of Trump from 2016 campaign makes it 100% clear that Trump wants violence. Trump encourages violence. Trump radicalizes people. And please be prepared for Trump to take this to dangerous new levels as we head into 2020 campaign: pic.twitter.com/Pb6OWUOPvD
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 18, 2019
Trump doesn’t deserve blame for any specific attack. He does deserve blame for the general increase in white-nationalist violence. His @GOP enablers all have blood on their hands. #StochasticTerrrorism #ComplicitGOP https://t.co/0VZP0qaLP8
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 18, 2019
Trump encourages violence and basically flirts with genocidal rhetoric in order to appeal to white fragility and the fear of demographic change. America is set to become a majority-minority country by the 2040s in which the population will be less than 50% non-Hispanic whites.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 18, 2019
“Trump Encourages Violence” didn’t need an article.
Does Trump encourage violence and bigotry ? Judge for yourself and tell me what you think pic.twitter.com/ZFz9mL4GYi
— 🆃🅷🅸🅽🅺🅴🆁 (@4x4nz) March 18, 2019
Trump Encourages Violence……Yes without a doubt. pic.twitter.com/MdqpKFRt1R
— Wreck it Ralph (@Wreckitralph78) March 18, 2019
— Kim Rieppel (@syrguy68) March 15, 2019
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Trump Chillingly Tells Students’ Group the Constitution Gives Him ‘The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President’
Maybe the students attending Turning Point USA’s Teen Action Summit weren’t paying attention in whatever civics or history classes they recently took, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday went unchallenged when he told attendees the U.S. Constitution gives him unlimited power.
“Then I have an Article Two, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” Trump said.
Article Two, which defines the executive branch, including outlining impeachment, does not in any manner suggest the President has unlimited powers or the right to do whatever he wants.
Here’s President Trump making this chilling and fascistic claim in Washington, D.C. earlier today:
TRUMP: “Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”
(Article 2 does not in fact empower the president to do whatever they want.) pic.twitter.com/qIFP1AbHw6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2019
‘The Face of Evil’: Fascism Expert Warns ‘We Are Facing an Emergency’ After Trump’s ‘Send Her Back’ Rally
A fascism expert says America is facing an “emergency” after witnessing President Donald Trump’s “send her back” campaign re-election rally Wednesday night.
“I am not easily shocked,” Professor Stanley wrote. “But we are facing an emergency. Journalists must not get away with sugar coating this. This is the face of evil.”
I am not easily shocked. But we are facing an emergency. Journalists must not get away with sugar coating this. This is the face of evil. https://t.co/XD0OAHvZao
— Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator) July 18, 2019
Wednesday night in North Carolina Trump continued his assault on the four progressive Democratic Congresswomen, who are also women of color, after “inviting” them to leave the country.
Trump’s supporters erupted into a raucous, hostile chant of “send her back, send her back.”
Newsweek notes Trump called the four Democratic lawmakers, “hate-filled extremists.”
After the attack, Rep. Ilhan Omar, who appears to be Trump’s number one target, tweeted lines from a poem by American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. That tweet went viral, massively surpassing Trump’s tweets attacking her.
HHS Being Sued Over Policy Giving Special Religious Rights to Healthcare Professionals Over LGBT People and Women
The Trump administration’s Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) is facing two separate lawsuits just filed by the ACLU and by Planned Parenthood. The filings seek to strike down a new policy that would give people of faith special religious rights to discriminate, especially against LGBT people and women.
The new policy, slated to go into effect July 22, would provide “conscience protections” to health care workers and professionals. Those protections would allow, say, a doctor to not perform an abortion, even to save the life of a mother. They would allow, for example, a physician or nurse practitioner to reject a gay man on the grounds his very being violates their religious beliefs.
Courthouse News’ Adam Klasfeld posted a portion of the lawsuit which says the Refusal of Care Rule would “allow almost any health care provider – including hospitals or individual workers in the health care setting … to refuse to provide, assist with, or refer for virtually any health service, based solely on a personal objection.”
The rule would also make it legal to withhold information from patients, and without telling them.
New: @PPFA and the @ACLU filed separate lawsuits in SDNY suing @HHSGov for issuing a rule that “would allow almost any health care provider” to deny “virtually any health service” — or withhold info on health care options — based on personal objections alone. @CourthouseNews pic.twitter.com/xVrTAjy1oy
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) June 11, 2019
The new HHS rule is merely the extension of a Trump administration plan to decimate the rights of women and minorities, under the guise of religious freedom. It is being enacted by Roger Severino (photo), a far right wing religious extremist who now heads HHS’s Office for Civil Rights.
News about the new rule first leaked in April.
“Patients want doctors who match their values,” Severino said, defending the proposed rule weeks later.
Severino once served as the CEO and counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a far right wing religious legal organization. He also worked for The Heritage Foundation, and for the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society. The Human Rights Campaign has called him a “radical anti-LGBTQ activist.”
In early 2018 Severino created the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in HHS’s Office of Civil Rights, in order to prioritize supposed cases of anti-religious discrimination among medical professionals.
“Severino is a defender of the discredited practice of conversion therapy, argued transgender service members ‘dishonors’ the military, and insisted that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is ‘based not on any sort of hatred but, in fact, out of love,'” GLAAD said in a statement at the time.
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