Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) had three words that shut down Trump’s projection that Democrats are an angry mob.
Durbin was asked on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper about Trump’s new attack on Democrats, and he said, “I listened to the president’s plea at these rallies, and rallies are kind of standard fare as we get close to an election. I can’t believe this mob rule charge. I have three words for the president. Lock her up. Rally after rally, his supporters are out there screaming lock her up, every time he mentions a Democrat, particularly if it’s a Democratic woman. And here we have a situation where the president goes to Montana and praises, again, a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter and we’re supposed to be the mob? Give me a break.”
Trump is playing on the Republican persecution complex
Trump knows that Republicans will only to show up to vote if they feel threatened, which is why he cooked up this allegation that Democratic mobs are coming to get Republicans. Democrats aren’t mobs. They don’t use violence or threaten violence against Republicans. When Donald Trump and his followers chant lock her up or punch protests, no one calls the old white men in Trump’s audience a mob. To Trump, only minorities and women are capable of being mobs.
The only thing more absurd than Trump’s claim is the mainstream media tying themselves in knots trying to explain how it might work.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is 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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