Election 2016 Wingnuts

Trump Encourages More Violence

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his violent supporters during last night's Republican primary debate by saying that they're simply passionate individuals.

Trump went further this morning by encouraging them to "hit back."

“He was a guy who was swinging, very loud and he started swinging. And you know what? The audience swung back, and it was very appropriate," Trump said.

"He was swinging, he was hitting people and the audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.

It may only be a matter of time before someone is killed at a Trump rally.

Even more concerning may be what could happen when Donald Trump loses. His fanatical supporters will channel their disappointment and anger somewhere.

  • cleos_mom

    During the shoot-the-abortion-doctor fad of the 1990s, “people of faith” trotted out the same excuse.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump has been urging his supporters to acts of violence for no better reason than the presence of people who aren’t exactly like them.

    You’re right, Ashby: when Trump loses, his followers wil go absolutely ape-scat.

    This will not end well.


  • Draxiar

    Just what we need, a prospective leader encouraging violence on people his fans don’t find agreeable. The first to turn to violence is the one that has no answers.

    • Scopedog

      Trump would make George W. Bush look like FDR.

      • Badgerite

        The GOP. An Elephant would be embarrassed to be associated with them. Morally and intellectually bankrupt.

        • Victor the Crab

          The funny thing about that is that the elephant became the symbol of the Republican party thanks in no small part to legendary editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast, who would have been considered a raving far left liberal by today’s political standards.

  • mnpollio

    I think you are being very hopeful with “when” he loses. Lord I hope you are right. But at this point, every liberal I know has gone from thinking his candidacy was a hilarious joke to being stunned into semi-silence. Conversely, most Republicans I know have been equally stunned by his popularity and successful effort to all but cinch the nomination – but make no mistake that they will vote for him if he snags the nomination. He has gone from warp speed as being an unlikely joke to being a serious threat to the country. Look at his crowd – a good majority of his supporters are older Americans (who should know better – so much for the wisdom of age!) who are notorious for their dedication to voting. Now the media is insinuating that he is an “outsider” and “the people’s candidate”…excuse me while I vomit. If the corporate conservative media successfully tar Hillary Clinton as the “establishment” candidate, then watch out because anything is possible. One can never underestimate the stupidity of people who lack critical thinking in large numbers. I shudder to think of a “President Trump” (although a “President Cruz” is arguably even more frightening).

    • JMAshby

      Just because I’m confident doesn’t mean I’m oblivious. I see the electoral landscape as almost insurmountable for any Republican presidential candidate. And I don’t think Trump is even their weakest candidate. I’d say Ted Cruz is.

      I’d be more concerned if they nominated fake moderate John Kasich, but that’s not going to happen.

      GOP presidential prospects grow weaker every cycle as the country continues to diversify and they refuse to moderate. It’s difficult to win the White House while losing 90% of black voters, 70 to 80% of Latino voters, 60% of women, and 70% of Asian voters.

      Winning 60% of white people isn’t enough as the share of white people shrinks.

      • Completely agree. And when Trump stands across the debate stage from Hillary or Bernie and tries the same, tired, know-nothing shtick, it will become apparent to even the idiots that he’s not fit for the Presidency.

        What does surprise me is that it’s Trump who’s the one embracing the fascist approach. I know he’s an asshole, but I always had the impression he wasn’t a complete monster. I would much more have expected this out of Cruz. At the end of the day, I think Trump just doesn’t care how it looks or who gets hurt, so long as he’s winning.

      • Badgerite

        Oh Lord, I hope you are right. This guy seems to foment such truly unAmerican actions and that it is really hard to stomach.

    • cleos_mom

      Not a Trump supporter, but if we olds “are notorious for [our] dedication to voting”, maybe y’all should stop addressing us as “sweetie”.

      The Disqus poster who routinely refers to elders as “blue hairs” (the 1950s is such fertile ground for nostalgia) is blessedly not a regular here.