For context to Donald Trump’s call for violence against Hillary Clinton today, here’s a reminder of his adviser Roger Stone promising a “bloodbath” if Trump loses, and “widespread resistance”.
"It will be a bloodbath" if Trump loses, says adviser Roger Stone, vowing "widespread" resistance. https://t.co/RglrMEKcwc
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 2, 2016
In an aside, Roger Stone says “not violence” but the entire strategy is about using political terrorism to threaten and intimidate people into letting Trump win. It also lays out that the claims of voter fraud and rigged elections are deliberate ploys with which to foster this kind of “not violent” bloodbath.
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) August 1, 2016
The thing is, Trump is not leading in the polls. Which makes the rest of this commentary look deliberately disingenuous. It’s a dog whistle road map to stirring up Trump supporters with falsehoods and letting them know they should be very angry and rise up against the Clinton inauguration.
Red State explained that Roger Stone, “does a lot of the behind-the-scenes dirty work for Trump”. For instance, Stone revealed today that he’s been in touch with Julian Assange regarding an “October Surprise” for Clinton, per Media Matters.
“I actually have communicated with Assange,” Stone said. “I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation but there’s no telling what the October surprise may be.”
The guy talking to Julian Assange at Wikileaks about an “October Surprise” also laid out a thinly coded road map to violence for Trump supporters.
So it’s not just Donald Trump saying today, “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although, the Second Amendment people maybe there is. I don’t know.”
Donald Trump is busy blaming the “dishonest media” for reporting on the words that come out of his mouth. But his words and the tone of his campaign have been telling the same story for several weeks now. That story is that everyone in this country will pay if Trump doesn’t win, because his supporters should take up their guns to resist a democratic election.
But of course, that’s why Trump keeps trying to sell his cult members a “rigged” election, to further justify violent, armed “resistance”.
It should also be noted how Donald Trump is conducing himself and who he hangs around with. He’s using Wikileaks to fight dirty against Hillary Clinton. That alone is reason enough that he should be kept out of the White House.
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