Meanwhile, the President of the United States just threatened to “totally destroy” an entire nation and in literally the next breath called the ruler of that nation a playground nickname. Welcome to Presidency by a five-year-old.. or a madman.
The threat of violence seems to be a recurring theme in Trump politics. Last year candidate Trump snidely threatened that “Second Amendment people” should take Hillary Clinton out. Last month Roger Stone responded to questions about the prospects for impeaching the mad child in the White House by “predicting” widespread violence and saying “A politician who votes for [impeachment] wold be endangering their own life.”
Professor Frank O. Bowman doesn’t think violent rhetoric is grounds for impeachment. However, speaking specifically to Stone’s comment on impeachment violence but unknowingly addressing the DiSanto controversy, Bowman says he is troubled by the Trump party’s “casual approach to political violence”:
Even if comments of this sort can be discounted as unprofessional and insensitive but not aimed at incitement, the silence of many other Republicans shows a disturbing unwillingness to condemn political violence from persons associated with the party’s electoral base. After the Trump administration’s difficultly in denouncing Nazism and white supremacy, one must wonder whether Mr. Trump and his supporters simply do not understand the consequences advocating or failing to condemn violence, or if they simply do not care because it would work in their favor [Frank O. Bowman, “A Comment on Roger Stone’s Predictions (or Are They Threats?) of Violence,” Impeachable Offenses, 2017.09.20].
Bubbling under the surface of many Trumpist backers’ words seems to be a hair-trigger desire to start throwing punches. We must watch closely any political speakers who fan that simmering desire for violence and promote all the more vigorously the right of citizens to speak, to protest, and to pursue remedies to injustice through due process of law.