Those playing along at home probably noticed that the flood of groping and sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, whether true or false, receded awfully quickly once the media and the Clinton campaign decided to clear the decks for a new batch of think pieces about Trump’s allegations that the election was rigged.
In case the public missed the hint that, by questioning the integrity of America’s electoral process, Trump was sowing the seeds of Election Day violence, a new wave of think pieces emerged to make the threat that much more explicit. They’re not saying there’s gonna be violence; they’re just strongly implying there’s gonna be violence.
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
CNN … isn’t that the network that “shorthanded” a girl’s call for rioters to burn down the Milwaukee suburbs until it could be reported as a condemnation of violence?
Election officials and parties are preparing for possible violence on Election Day and long battle over legitimacy https://t.co/n21U1MfHYO
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 17, 2016
Trump's attack on the foundation of democracy makes violence on Election Day more likely. https://t.co/rGADYMG5Op
— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 20, 2016
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 26, 2016
Election day violence fears force some schools to close https://t.co/MaiTKmZfSG
— CNBC (@CNBC) October 27, 2016
51% of likely voters are concerned about violence on Election Day. Some schools are closing because if it. https://t.co/jNwf5Pb8xM
— Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio) October 26, 2016
So they’re polling likely voters now on Election Day violence?
Just to be clear: violence is a no-no, just as it was a no-no when it was perpetrated by anti-Trump protesters who literally rioted outside of rallies and fundraisers, throwing flaming debris at police and sucker-punching citizens outside Trump events. Not that a lot of people were blocking off time on their calendars to become violent; look how hard Twitter came down on Joe Walsh for announcing he was going to grab his “musket” if Trump doesn’t win.
Vox, however, earned special recognition Thursday for its piece citing scholars worried that Trump’s rhetoric would “have far worse consequences than we imagine” — and Vox has quite the imagination; just check out the staff’s Obamacare predictions.
There is a serious risk of violence on Election Day, and it is Trump’s fault https://t.co/Oq7bOVcgQT
— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 27, 2016
— ? (@brad_dallas) October 27, 2016
@voxdotcom Was it difficult for you to find sympathetic 'scholars' in the american collegiate landscape? Heard liberal profs are rare.
— Darth Kwazaborski (@DarthBSnarkin) October 27, 2016
Wasn’t it Vox that not too long ago published a piece explaining how rioting could lead to important social reforms, and encouraged readers to take rioters’ causes seriously?
Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms. https://t.co/s3AciISP4H
— Vox (@voxdotcom) August 15, 2016
Dang, it’s Y2K all over again. Time to stock up on canned goods and buy that shotgun Vice President Biden has been hassling everyone to purchase. Just remain calm and blast a couple of shells out the front door into the darkness if you suspect someone might be out there.
Do you guys ever get sick of being wrong all the time? @voxdotcom
— Beef Supreme (@Supreme____Beef) October 27, 2016
@voxdotcom A former Vox writer called for riots at Trump rallies. You guys ever get tired of being sanctimonious hypocrites?
— dagny (@dukeblu85) October 27, 2016
@voxdotcom We know that's what the HRC campaign people told you to say about their agitation of violence, and you're obedient. Good job.
— ♔ Porphyrogenitus ♔ (@PorphyConob) October 27, 2016
@voxdotcom Meanwhile, liberals have killed 10 cops in Dallas, Baton Rouge, & NYC, paid violent mobs to attack Trump rallies, & firebombed GOP HQ in NC
— Chunk Yogurt KGB (@ChunkyYogurtKGB) October 27, 2016
@voxdotcom The candidate you support paid for violence at Trump rallies. You own this given your support for her.
— missmalevolent (@missmalevolent) October 28, 2016
— CWire (((Bacon))) (@realchriswire) October 27, 2016
@voxdotcom Hillary has been paying thugs to cause violence admitted by her staff on video tape and was successful Chicago had cancel TRUMP
— Stepin (@ridely) October 27, 2016
Allegedly, please … that video was likely heavily edited, and besides, it’s vital that Hillary Clinton win at any cost if it means saving America from Trump. The media can analyze any moral lapses in reaching that end after the first woman president assumes office.
@voxdotcom just because you asshats say it doesn't make it true
— Jimmy Hearn (@Manchutiger) October 27, 2016
But according to you guys this would be progress. https://t.co/96wMROTdZs
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 27, 2016
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) October 27, 2016
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People can’t wait for a Voxsplainer about editor’s call to riot when Trump’s in town https://t.co/8jpkqCMBOI
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 3, 2016