Trump’s recklessness borders on treason. It’s unlawful to advocate the violent overthrow of the government, or the assassination of government officials.
A number of right wing “patriot” groups have threatened violence against the government to protect their rights under their interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
His remarks could be the spark that motivates a group or a lone wolf extremist to act on his words. IM interviewed so-called “patriots” in January who had no qualms about making threats against the government. (See the story here)
The conversation was rife with paranoia, conspiracy theories, right-wing propaganda and threats against President Obama, Clinton and others they deemed “treasonous.”
They believe the Obama administration is Muslim-inspired and determined to create a Soviet-style communist government in the United States. Nearly every move by the government is greeted with paranoia and suspicion.
And, they have no qualms about advocating the violent overthrow of the U.S. government in the name of the Constitution.
Trump’s remarks at a North Carolina rally today, played right into those sentiments.
“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know,” he added.
Trump’s spin squad sprang into action immediately afterward.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller said the candidate, once again, was not speaking literally.
“It’s called the power of unification ― Second Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
Trump, however, had to know that his words would be inflammatory and could incite extremists to act thinking they had his imprimatur.
During my conversation, one “patriot” made clear what the options are. “They will be stopped by whatever means necessary,” he said.
“You better get use to American Patriots taking our country back that so many died to protect. That is a promise and already in the making,” the conversation continued.
“There will be no asking. Just taking,” said another “patriot.”
Last month, Trump’s veterans affairs adviser said bluntly that Clinton should be “shot for treason” for using a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
Bush Administration Secretaries, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice both used private servers during their tenure at the State Department.
Only Clinton has been investigated extensively by Congress and the FBI, which recommended dropping the case for lack of a prosecutable crime.
Inciting extremist elements in society with inflammatory rhetoric is a dangerous game to play. Trump has no business, as a Presidential candidate, playing it.
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