Inciting violence against Hillary Clinton or the media at Donald Trump campaign events isn’t an uncommon occurrence, but a sign one Trump supporter brought to a rally in Virginia Beach on Saturday may be the worst yet.
Tweet via Jim Acosta of CNN:
Spotted at Trump VA Beach rally – bullseye with Clinton’s face on it pic.twitter.com/GFJzdm0Mcl
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 22, 2016
Placed over a picture of Hillary Clinton were gun crosshairs and text above it reading, “Chipping away your gun rights since 1993.”
Underneath the image, it said, “Killary Rotten Clinton.”
This kind of visual, as disturbing as it is, is sadly not that surprising. Throughout the campaign, Trump rallies have been defined by violence, whether it’s among his supporters or the candidate himself encouraging such violence.
Trump has repeatedly suggested that Clinton should be dealt with through violent means, whether it’s “Second Amendment people” taking care of her if she becomes president or saying that the Democratic nominee’s bodyguard should disarm so we could “see what happens.”
As shocking as this type of imagery is, it’s par for the course when it comes to the Trump campaign.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.