Donald Trump certainly has proved capable of digging a hole for himself using only his mouth, but come on: Hillary Clinton can declare she’s the only thing standing between the American public and the apocalypse, and that’s not fear-mongering? How about the liberal Vox editor who encouraged his Twitter followers to “start a riot” if Trump held a rally nearby?
Plenty were convinced that Trump in August had literally signaled his supporters via “dog whistle” to assassinate Clinton, to the point where the Secret Service issued a tweet to let everyone know that, yes, they were aware of what Trump had said about “Second Amendment people” and you could stop alerting them to it, thanks. Next crisis, please.
On Thursday, CNN’s Brian Stelter had an on-air chat about Trump’s paranoid and dangerous speech and suggested any violence after Election Day could almost certainly be traced back to it.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) October 13, 2016
If there is unrest and violence after election day, I think we now know why. https://t.co/P6WNdG36f5
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 13, 2016
@brianstelter I read the transcript of his rambling speech, and you're correct. Conspiracy nonsense aside, his dog whistles were bullhorns.
— Buddy Stone (@buddystone) October 13, 2016
— Dialetheia (@dialetheia69) October 13, 2016
— Christina Rome (@TheRealMrsRome) October 13, 2016
@brianstelter The only ones who will react violently will be "the basket of deplorables" we'll know better what % of Trump's ppl they are
— Cyndi Springer (@clouspringer) October 13, 2016
— Christopher Carnahan (@CTCarnahan) October 13, 2016
— BigBlueWCrew (@BigBlueWCrew) October 13, 2016
@brianstelter I was afraid at one point, that Trump was going to make a call to arms. Scary times!
— I Call Bullhooey! (@icallbullhooey) October 13, 2016
— grsm (@grmoll) October 13, 2016
@brianstelter He's been priming his followers, and this is very troubling…
— ByteSongPoem (@bytesongpoem) October 13, 2016
Trump has said plenty of incendiary things that can’t and shouldn’t be defended, but there’s no need to wait until after Election Day for violence related to the campaign season. It certainly wasn’t Trump supporters who rioted outside a rally in San Jose, attacking attendees in a scene network journalists termed an “incredibly scary” demonstration of “despicable mob violence.”
What about the gauntlet run by citizens as they left a Trump fundraiser in Minneapolis, where supporters were punched and spit on? Or the riots following a Trump rally in Albuquerque that caused $10,000 of damage to the convention center, where supporters had to be led out the back under police escort?
So what’s the point of speculating about violence after the election from one side of the aisle? That’s not fanning the flames, just a little bit?
@brianstelter That's a stretch even for you Brian. Kind of sad and pathetic when you think about it. I've seen WAY more violence from libs.
— Charlee (@CharleeTurner) October 13, 2016
There are videos in the links above of the violence just in case CNN’s website is a little light on coverage. And yes, women are physically assaulted by groups of men.
— WTF Wrong W/ People (@cosmosidiot) October 13, 2016
— Chris L (@CML_Texas) October 13, 2016
U know I'm an admirer/fan. You're not blowing a rape whistle here. Ur violence warnings R over the line (IMHO).
— MaineRandy (@mainerandy) October 13, 2016