The FBI has already been contacted after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called for violence against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The super PAC Democratic Coalition Against Trump has already contacted the FBI:
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump today reached out to high-level contacts in the Washington, D.C. field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to voice concerns about Donald Trump’s call for violence against Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and to argue that Trump should be arrested for attempting to incite political violence.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump immediately reached out to senior officials from the FBI to raise alarms about this call to violence, and to demand that Trump face felony charges under 18 U.S.C. § 879 for making these threats.
“There is no place in American politics for this kind of disgusting rhetoric,” said the organization’s senior advisor, Scott Dworkin. “Donald Trump should immediately drop out of the race, and he should be arrested for committing a federal crime. He’s proven himself to be nothing more than a thug, and anyone supporting him after this grotesque display should be publicly shamed. It’s truly abhorrent and we must all stand united – regardless of party affiliation to say loudly that Americans reject this kind of hateful and dangerous rhetoric.”
Trump may have committed a felony by trying to incite violence against Hillary Clinton. Make no mistake about it; Donald Trump wasn’t joking, and he was not talking about anything other than someone shooting Hillary Clinton to stop her from appointing justices to the Supreme Court.
The odds are that Donald Trump won’t face any criminal charges because he did not directly say that someone should shoot Hillary Clinton. He made a reference to the Second Amendment as a way to stop Hillary Clinton if she is elected. Trump’s thinly veiled threat might not meet the threshold for criminal charges, but the Republican nominee has crossed a line and needs to be held accountable for the actions that his words may inspire.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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