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‘Trump Encourages Violence’ Is Trending on Twitter – Here’s Why
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
@GOPChairwoman You support this man….threatening his non-supporters with violence. You’re no better of a human than him. https://t.co/kSez9txPzG
— Kim Rieppel (@syrguy68) March 15, 2019
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Draft Memo Reveals Trump Had Plan to Order Defense Secretary to Seize Voting Machines
A draft executive order obtained by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack reveals President Donald Trump had a plan, which he did not enact, to order the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines in an attempt to stay in power after the January 20, 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden.
There was also a plan for Trump to deliver a speech titled “Remarks on National Healing.”
“I hereby order,” reads the draft executive order, dated December 16, 2020 and published Friday by Politico. “Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention,” citing a federal law.
Politico adds that “the draft order would have given the defense secretary 60 days to write an assessment of the 2020 election. That suggests it could have been a gambit to keep Trump in power until at least mid-February of 2021.”
The author of the executive order is unknown, with at least one expert suggesting it was likely written by someone outside the administration.
This is a breaking news and developing story. This article has been updated.
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Trump Supporters Have New ‘Ambitious Plan’ to Have Loyalists Oversee Elections Across America: Report
Donald Trump and his supporters are enacting an “ambitious plan” to place loyalists in key positions overseeing elections after his unsuccessful efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.
“In Michigan, local GOP leaders have sought to reshape election canvassing boards by appointing members who expressed sympathy for former president Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 vote was rigged. In two Pennsylvania communities, candidates who embraced election fraud allegations won races this month to become local voting judges and inspectors,” The Washington Post reported Monday. “And in Colorado, 2020 doubters are urging their followers on conservative social media platforms to apply for jobs in election offices.”
The report comes as Trump continues to push his “Big Lie” of election fraud, releasing a Sunday statement falsely claiming the “2020 Election was rigged and stolen.”
“Citing the need to make elections more secure, Trump allies are also seeking to replace officials across the nation, including volunteer poll watchers, paid precinct judges, elected county clerks and state attorneys general, according to state and local officials, as well as rally speeches, social media posts and campaign appearances by those seeking the positions,” the newspaper reported. “If they succeed, Trump and his allies could pull down some of the guardrails that prevented him from overturning Biden’s win by creating openings to challenge the results next time, election officials and watchdog groups say.”
READ: Trump has a plan to make it easier to ‘subvert the will of the voters’ in 2024: CNN
There are QAnon-linked candidates running for secretary of state to oversee elections, including Rachel Hamm in California, Jim Marchant in Nevada, Kristina Karamo in Michigan, Mark Finchem in Arizona, and Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in Georgia.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) warned how the focus has shifted from overturning the last election to overturning future elections.
“The attacks right now are no longer about 2020,” Griswold explained. “They’re about 2022 and 2024. It’s about chipping away at confidence and chipping away at the reality of safe and secure elections. And the next time there’s a close election, it will be easier to achieve their goals. That’s what this is all about.”
Read the full report.
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Watch: Right Wing Voters Pledge Allegiance to Flag From Jan. 6 at Bannon-Hosted GOP Rally
She backed a different Republican candidate for governor of Virginia earlier this year but pro-Trump “folk hero” and GOP activist Martha Boneta was on stage Wednesday night to emcee a rally for far right Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, and other GOP candidates.
The highlight of the evening was supposed to be when Donald Trump called in to motivate supporters at the Steve Bannon-led event, but it appears the crowd was quite taken with a flag Boneta said “was carried at the peaceful rally with Donald Trump on January 6,” and they pledged allegiance to it.
It’s unclear if that “peaceful rally” was the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that has already resulted in about 650 arrests, or the insurrection incitement rally where Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Rep. Mo Brooks, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Katrina Pierson, Amy Kremer, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, all “riled up the crowd at the now-infamous ‘Stop the Steal’ rally,” that led to the insurrection.
Wednesday night Trump told the crowd, “We won in 2016. We won in 2020 — the most corrupt election in the history of our country, probably one of the most corrupt anywhere. But we’re gonna win it again.”
Here’s how the conservative crowd responded when the flag, now a “talisman” as some are commenting, was trotted out as a revered symbol of insurrection:
At the rally last night for GOP VA Gov candidate Glenn Youngkin, they said the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ to a flag that was carried during the insurrection on Jan 6, as if it was sacred or something. pic.twitter.com/NGEaFFAvdF
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 14, 2021
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe did not hold back in condemning the “pledge”:
Glenn Youngkin was endorsed again tonight by Donald Trump at a rally where attendees pledged allegiance to a flag flown at the deadly January 6th insurrection. Beyond disturbing, this is sick. And Glenn is honored to have Trump’s endorsement.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) October 14, 2021
On social media some commented on the disturbing symbolism, including the parallels to Nazi Germany:
Not too go all Nazi, but that’s what Hitler did with what became known as the Bloody Flag. It had been carried during the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich and was later used in Nazi rallies and ceremonies where people would line up to be touched by it. pic.twitter.com/UiiG2AXoEh
— Hey, Dave! (@davegreenidge57) October 14, 2021
apparently it’s hard to prevent stuff like this from happening in a campaign. so @TerryMcAuliffe pls try to avoid holding any rallies with ISIS or other terrorist groups https://t.co/j4AOgcDcVS
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 14, 2021
Flags are, of course, a fetish, like Crucifixes and Golden Calves, and like religion, patriotism is a tool which demagogues use to manipulate the masses.
And the more sacred such talismans are proclaimed the more venerated they will be.
— Michael D Kerrigan 🇮🇪 (@MichelDKerrigan) October 14, 2021
How quickly “How dare Colin Kaepernick disgrace Old Glory!” became “Let’s celebrate the mass assault on and multiple deaths of cops!” https://t.co/st1NB46hoy
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) October 14, 2021
What would you say if you saw it in another country? https://t.co/xgMzjVKyhP
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) October 14, 2021
Oh good, now we’ve reached the “Blutfahne” part of the program. (We’ve already covered the “Horst Wessel” part with Ashli Babbitt).
What the fuck is it going to take to make people realize this is ALL a repeat of late 20s/early 30s Germany?!
— Medium Historian At Large (@one0nine) October 14, 2021
The Blutfahne or Blood Flag, is a Nazi Party swastika flag that was carried during the attempted coup d’etat Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, Germany on 9 November 1923, during which it became soaked in the blood of one of the SA men who died.https://t.co/53Zdhq7KSI
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) October 14, 2021
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