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Schwartz writes: "It says a lot about the state of the country when the President of the United States can make a laudatory, if oblique, reference to having fascist goon squads commit violence on his behalf, and it's not the biggest headline of the day."

Trump rally-goer. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Trump rally-goer. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)


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The President Threatens to Unleash Waves of Violence on His Political Rivals

By Rafi Schwartz, Splinter

15 March 19

 

t says a lot about the state of the country when the President of the United States can make a laudatory, if oblique, reference to having fascist goon squads commit violence on his behalf, and it’s not the biggest headline of the day. Nevertheless, that’s evidently where we are after Donald Trump’s latest, sincerely horrifying, interview with Breitbart News.

Responding to a question from Breitbart Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle about how the American left plays, in Trump’s words, “cuter and tougher,” the president offered the following (emphasis mine):

The left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you 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. But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations]—that’s all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this.

Yes, that is the president seemingly touting the “very bad” things that would happen if his alleged supporters—the military, the cops, and the “Bikers for Trump,” who are not just a fun social club—get pushed “to a certain point.”

While Trump neglected to expand upon what that “very bad” scenario might look like, the fact that he’s talking about a lot of people with a lot of guns is not great!

What a cool and not at all troubling time to be alive. We have asked the White House for comment about what Trump meant and will update if we hear back.

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-3 # MikeAF48 2019-03-15 17:00
no comment.
 
 
+16 # Glen 2019-03-16 06:50
I understand, Mike. The U.S. has entered an era that is so corrupt and chaotic, thanks to its leaders, that it is beyond comment. Beyond, for fear of overheating a brain in an attempt to express the reaction.
 
 
+16 # economagic 2019-03-16 07:31
Oh, I'll be happy to comment that this article belies the president's smarmy condemnation of the New Zealand shooter's massacre, showing it to be a bare-faced lie.
 
 
+30 # WorkingClass 2019-03-16 08:56
I'll comment with a question. When was the last time we saw a national leader threaten violence if the nation didn't obey him? Answer: late 1920's Italy and 1930's Germany. Then the Italian Blackshirts and the Nazi's followed through on the the threats of their leaders.
 
 
+2 # economagic 2019-03-17 20:55
Yale historian Timothy Snyder, "On Tyranny." Nine bucks, a little over a hundred pages, and mostly good points of which we should all take note.
 
 
+34 # DongiC 2019-03-16 03:51
Trump is a moron but an extraordinarily dangerous one. A world class bully he will not transfer power peacefully and, if he is impeached and convicted and indicted for treason, I think his base will erupt into a wave of violence that we have not seen in America since the Civil War. And, now, we have nuclear weapons.

The younger generations, the Progressives, those who believe in the Constitution and rule by law had better start paying attention to the dangers posed by a leader who shreds the very concept of truth and loyalty and, even human decency. Michael Cohen recognizes the danger from Trump and his base. We had better follow his example while there is still time.
 
 
+26 # SusanT136 2019-03-16 05:55
Our sociopath in chief
 
 
+27 # johnescher 2019-03-16 06:49
Oh, and the Republicans are so benign. That's lie five billion and one.
 
 
+37 # barbell1941 2019-03-16 09:11
I am a Marine, a biker and a gun owner. If Donald Trump or any of his spawn were on fire, I would not piss on them and I don’t know anyone who would.
 
 
+24 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-03-16 09:23
After all, this stuff worked for Hitler.
 
 
+15 # Robbee 2019-03-16 09:35
The President Threatens to Unleash Waves of Violence on His Political Rivals
By Rafi Schwartz, Splinter
15 March 19

- dickhead is thug in chief calling out his brownshirt bullies boys!

in the wake of new zeland mosque massacre, peculiarly ominous words -

"Responding to a question from Breitbart Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle about how the American left plays, in Trump’s words, “cuter and tougher,” the president offered the following (emphasis mine):

"The left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you 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. But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations ]—that’s all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this."
 
 
+2 # Street Level 2019-03-16 16:34
And Pelosi doesn't think it's worth her effort to impeach him.
 
 
+15 # bardphile 2019-03-16 16:41
When Trump says dismissively that white supremacists represent a small group, the white supremacists hear "he's got our back." And Trump knows it. Shameful.
 
 
+8 # lfeuille 2019-03-16 19:41
We have another article of impeachment right here. Congress, get off your ass and put an end to this.
 
 
+1 # Citizen Mike 2019-03-16 22:22
This is Mussolini stuff and we'd better wake up. So far as I know there is no armed resistance from the left and the center but maybe it is time to organize one.
 
 
+2 # economagic 2019-03-17 20:53
There is an armed leftist group, but I take no comfort at all in that. If we start talking shoot-outs, they have us outgunned ten thousand to one. We will have to rely on strategy and tactics.
 
 
+2 # camach 2019-03-18 08:50
Trump deserves impeachment, but since the republicans control the senate now is not the time. Mueller would have to have undeniably conclusive and irrefutable evidence of trump collusion with the Russian mafia and government for any of these spineless Republicans to do what is correct for the country - and even then they wouldn’t do the right thing. Therefore, now the best plan is to hope for a Democratic takeover of the senate, keeping the house, of course, before attempting to impeach this corrupt president. Of course should he fail to get re-elected so much the better.
 
 
0 # chapdrum 2019-03-18 16:50
If Mueller (lifelong Republican and former FBI chief) falls short...
 

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