President Donald Trump this week issued a not at all subtle threat of violence against his rivals. He said that members of the police and military could “play it tough” if they “reach a certain point.”
It was an aggravating comment. However, significantly all the more exasperating is the way that it’s a part of a long history of Trump urging his supporters to take part in violence.
“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump,” Trump told Breitbart in the interview, which he later tweeted. “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
The president later erased his tweet as news streamed in of a mass shooting in New Zealand. It left no less than 49 praying Muslims dead on Friday. There are no signs that the suspect was a follower of Trump. However, he mentioned the U.S. president once in his drifting manifesto. Moreover, he called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Donald Trump has recently prohibited those from majority-Muslim nations from coming into the U.S.
It’s difficult to overlook how Trump’s proceeded with talk of violence. Also, the fear of different ethnicities has motivated his supporters to do assaults. Pro-Trump extremists tried to butcher Somali Muslim immigrants in Kansas before authorities managed to intervene. The men chose their targets after Trump called refugees “the greatest Trojan horse of all time,” according to court testimony.