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Trump Goes Ballistic

August 9, 2016

Literally. And this is beyond the tolerable in a democracy:

Donald Trump suggested at a Tuesday rally that “the Second Amendment people” might be the only ones who can take action against a Clinton presidency.

In a speech at the University of North Carolina, Trump suggested gun owners could take Clinton out in order to prevent her appointing judges to the Supreme Court.

“If she gets to pick her judges,” Trump said, “nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.”

You can see it here.  Or if you’re not sure you heard what you thought you heard, listen again.

Any chance that more Republicans will morally repudiate that?

How dangerous is a man who finds that he can get away with saying anything? And furthermore a man who clearly exhibits personality disorders?

You can forget my scenario for Hillary’s campaigning.  A security nightmare.

[Update, after a bit more reading:  I just want to say it again, and again and again, a democracy can not, must not, tolerate this kind of remark by a candidate for office, in public, aimed at anyone, and most of all by a candidate for its presidency, and aimed at his opponent.

The Republican Party now faces an ultimate test of its moral and political character.  (Scarborough sums it up.)

And I want to point out, too, that a pattern of behavior is developing, including the use by an operative of the word, “bloodbath,” if Hillary is elected, and he was clearly referring to armed revolt in the streets.

A bit later:  Trump campaign says he was referring to gun owner enthusiasm; some media referring to it as maybe joking; Clinton campaign says a candidate should not suggest any violence.  Look, this isn’t a time for political politeness or timidity.  The Trump ploy is clear on its face.  It is intimidation and incitement to violence.  Why look away from terrorism?  A democracy that cannot defend itself from violence will be overwhelmed by the violent.

Trump is testing the ploy, and he’s testing us.  Let him get away with it, and he’ll escalate.  Then?  A page that I’m working on:  Klown Kaos (sometimes known as “race riots”).

Statement by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelley, Americans for Responsible Solutions:

“Donald Trump might astound Americans on a routine basis, but we must draw a bright red line between political speech and suggestions of violence. Responsible, stable individuals won’t take Trump’s rhetoric to its literal end, but his words may provide a magnet for those seeking infamy. They may provide inspiration or permission for those bent on bloodshed.

“What political leaders say matters to their followers. When candidates descend into coarseness and insult, our politics follow suit. When they affirm violence, we should fear that violence will follow.

“It must be the responsibility of all Americans – from Donald Trump himself, to his supporters, to those who remain silent or oppose him – to unambiguously condemn these remarks and the violence they insinuate. The integrity of our democracy and the decency of our nation is at stake.”] 


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