Trump’s Rhetoric Creates Violence Now A Main Trump Campaign Tactic!

By Donald A. Collins | 11 January 2024
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The United States in 2024 has never been closer to losing its democracy since the Civil War in 1860.

The consummate evil of Trump continues to be articulated out of his own mouth which by his repetitious lying still mesmerizes a significant number of voters, not just his MAGAs.

We will shortly know if he is the GOP Presidential nominee, but his continuing major campaign weapon will be his constant rhetoric which increasingly has the effect of inciting his adherents to commit violence against anyone of political or even minor political consequence who intones the truth about his actions.

The incidences of violent threats, some called swatting, have accelerated in the past 5 years.

Swatting is a well-known activity long a tool of those criminals who seek to intimidate others from taking actions with which they don’t agree. Such intimidation wealds huge power to influence public policy, safety, and security.  

Read here about how swatting hit 2 key government officials involved in the Trump cases in this 1/8/14 New York Times article:

Police officers and emergency personnel were sent on Sunday night to the Washington home of the federal judge overseeing former President Donald J. Trump’s election interference case in what appeared to be an incident of “swatting,” according to three people familiar with the matter.

The police and fire vehicles were responding to a report that a shooting had occurred at the home of the judge, Tanya S. Chutkan, who has been handling the criminal case accusing Mr. Trump of plotting to overturn the 2020 election, the people said. According to an incident report released by Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department that did not name Judge Chutkan, officers were “advised that she was not injured and that there was no one in her home” when they arrived at the house around 10 p.m. Sunday.

The episode at Judge Chutkan’s house came two weeks after the special counsel, Jack Smith, who filed the election subversion indictment against Mr. Trump, was the victim of a swatting incident at his home in Maryland, according to a person familiar with the situation. On Christmas Day, someone called the police in Montgomery County and filed a false report that Mr. Smith had shot his wife, the person said. The swatting of Mr. Smith was reported earlier by NBC News.

Long the staple of Trump’s strategy for molding political power, the article below provides examples of the difficulties of stopping his evil behavior as our freedom of speech inhibits prosecution unless direct harm to the swatting perpetrators can be proven.

Thus, the literally hundreds of intimidating attacks on many public decision makers have accelerated courtesy of Donald Trump’s constant implied urging to his backers to commit violence.

This 1/9/24 Washington Post article entitled “Violent political threats surge as 2024 begins, haunting American democracy” is subtitled: ‘I believe people when they say that they want to hurt us or kill us. I don’t think they’re idle threats,’ a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice said.”

It’s opening story provides an example of threats of violence described here which should frighten us all:

Rusty Bowers, a former speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives who played a pivotal role in resisting efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, drove into his neighborhood east of Phoenix the day after Christmas to a spine-chilling scene.

His home, nestled off a dirt road in an unincorporated slice of the desert, was surrounded by sheriff’s deputies. An unknown caller had reported that there was a pipe bomb inside and that a woman had been murdered.

After searching the house and questioning Bowers’s wife and grandson, according to Bowers and authorities, sheriff’s deputies determined that neither claim was true.

The incident of swatting, a prank call to emergency services designed to draw a law enforcement response, wasn’t just a terrifying moment for Bowers and his family. It was one of many violent threats and acts of intimidation that have defined the lives of various government officials since the 2020 election. And now they are casting a shadow over the 2024 campaign as Americans prepare to vote in a primary season that kicks off this month.

Those on the receiving end span the range of America’s democratic system, including members of Congress, state officials, local leaders, and judges. While some are prominent, others have relatively low-profile roles. The intensity has accelerated in recent weeks.

The story expands on other disturbing incidences, some against people not highly placed or powerful which you can read in full here.

 

In short, in the recalling use of such rhetoric commonly used by aspiring dictators, we plainly see this primary Trump technique occurring in increased incubation.

Trump’s attacks that encourage violence are widespread and without restraint. Another Post story, January 10th entitled “Trump rhetoric, Republican candidates’ ads frighten immigrants in Iowa” begins with “DES MOINES — The grocery store had been her American Dream, but now Norah Innis wondered if she’d be better off bolting the doors and moving back to Liberia. Sales were down. Rent was harder to pay. And campaign ads dominating Iowa’s screens and airwaves ahead of the first Republican showdown of 2024 seemed to paint immigrants like her as the enemy. She worried the rhetoric could fuel violence”!

Read the full story here.

Who’s looking older? Biden in his 2 major speeches to start his campaign looked strong and confident. Trump as he departed after his campaign speech after attending his immunity hearings on January 9th looked quite aged in the 1/10-page one photo in the Wall Street Journal. Probably not playing enough golf.

Biden’s main message remains saving our democracy, but it is critical that Americans understand the enormous effect the threat of violence can have on political outcomes!! Refusal to stand up to Trump’s demand for absolute fealty saw the loss of her senior position in the GOP by House member Liz Cheney and the retirement of Adam Kinzinger and others. However, it is well understood that Trump’s rhetoric was very effective in causing fear by GOP elected members of Congress not only about reelection but about violence against them or their families. Earlier they might have balked sooner against his takeover of the GOP, but they lacked courage, integrity or both.

I would guess not too many of the MAGAs at Trump’s rallies get swatted but there is the case of far-right Trump ally US House Representative Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) getting swatted, even though her behavior in attacking our democracy would lead some to say she deserved it. But the main point. No one should ever be subject to the kind of intimidation that Trump uses as his main weapon.

The Rule for assuring that Trump’s attacks on our democracy succeed: Behave as cowards, lack integrity, or join Trump in seeking to gain unauthorized power like most of the GOP party. 

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life” and “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024”.

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