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Trumpism Brings Explosion of Violent Threats Against Members of Congress

Speaking of the harmful affects of white male authoritarianism, the degradation of American democracy by Trumpism appears have ignited an explosion of domestic terror threats against members of Congress:

Sarah D. Wire, "Threats Against Members of Congress Are Skyrocketing. It's Changing the Job," Los Angeles Times, 2021.09.20.
Sarah D. Wire, “Threats Against Members of Congress Are Skyrocketing. It’s Changing the Job,” Los Angeles Times, 2021.09.20.

And that chart doesn’t include 2021, the year when all those threats culminated in an armed assault on the United States Capitol with insurrectionists seeking to assassinate the Vice President.

Trump and Trumpists legitimize the kind of bullying and violent language that comes in the form of criminal threats against our members of Congress, local election workers, and other decent public servants.

Language matters. Whom we vote for matters. In 2022, let’s make our public servants safer by electing decent politicians, not bullies.

14 Comments

  1. larry kurtz 2021-09-21

    Democrats should end the filibuster then if they fall into the minority the lame duck Senate can restore it, easy peasy.

    After they removed Hillary Clinton before the 2018 midterms there is no way in Hell the GOP would have given a President Tim Kaine the time to choose a Veep so here’s a Sunday nightmare scenario for those who slept through civics. The Speaker of the House doesn’t need to be an incumbent member of Congress so if the Republicans regain the House of Representatives they could elect Trump as Speaker then assassinate POTUS Biden and VPOTUS Harris and Trump would become Chief Executive.

  2. O 2021-09-21

    The increased violent nature of the GOP is easy to trace back to their absorption of the NRA and the interpretation of the value of guns. How often have we heard “Second Amendment remedies” discussed openly from MAGA groups? Gun ownership used to be a collective right; Heller made it an individual right and then that became the framework for a self-defense right AND being able to overthrow tyrannical government. Elections and democracy doesn’t matter — it is who is better armed.

  3. Mark Anderson 2021-09-21

    Come on folks, can you really do anything but laugh at the mixture of Qs, anti-maskers who know where you live, big lie trumpies, proud boys, just look at my big gun boys, anti-BLM-CRT school board nuts, anti-vaxers, anti-abortion fanatics, the list of weirdos is endless. Its shrinking the Republican party down and down. You have to enjoy watching the mindless wasteful Trump, the con man’s, con man who knows how ro keep his shrinking troops in order with a simple lie. Cheer up, the he’s doing your job for you.

  4. ArloBlundt 2021-09-21

    Well…Mark…as Grudz would say. “You are righter than right”. Only 400 hard core nuts showed up for Saturday’s Washington rally…there were probably more police dogs there. The Q’s and Proud Boys are dangerous and the elected nuts will do as much damage as they can to our democracy but, they are slowly running out of momentum. As Lincoln said, “You can’t fool all the people, all the time.”

  5. John 2021-09-21

    Meanwhile, the party of thune, rounds, howdy doody, and the governess is10-days from shutting down Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave, Jewell Cave, the Badlands, the Black Hills and Custer National Forests, the 4 grasslands, boat ramps on the Missouri River, FSA/NRCS offices, etc. . . .
    The last time they pulled this stunt the voters harshly blamed them. It’s appearing as if they retain their flat learning curve.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/09/21/congress-shutdown-debt-ceiling/

  6. O 2021-09-21

    John, ” . . voters harshly blamed them.”
    — then immediately reelected them. I don’t think it is harsh when there were no real consequences.

  7. John Dale 2021-09-22

    You misspelled emotional incontinence.

  8. John Dale 2021-09-22

    John – for a second there I thought you said “fiat money verve”.

    Whew!

    Because that would have been untrue.

    Trump didn’t print his wealth as much as .. many others.

  9. larry kurtz 2021-09-22

    Timothy McVeigh=Cliven Bundy=Ted Nugent.

    Let’s review:

    Timothy McVeigh was 27, Eric Robert Rudolph, part of the Christian Identity movement, was 30, Eric Harris was 18 and Dylan Klebold, 17, Seung-Hui Cho was 23, Nidal Hasan was 39, Jared Loughner, 22. Average age–25 years.

    All seven men were victims of bullying, isolation, and ostracism. All seven had histories of extensive video game exposure and easy access to firearms. Distrust of government was a factor in most, if not all of these episodes. Ted Kaczinski, likely master of the minds in all these events, punctuates this post since he resided in Montana, a red state when, at 36, his activism morphed. His case changes the average age to 26.5.

    Bruce Edwards Ivins, the 55 year-old Zionist and anti-abortion anthrax weaponizer, deserves dyshonorable mention maybe because Maryland is a solidly blue state.

    Eric Frein was 31: his right wing views led him to assassinate a state trooper and the attempted murder of another.

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings, subscribed to right-wing American publications that espouse white supremacy and government conspiracy theories.

    Bombs, wildfires, and mass shootings are just some of the tools of terror. It’s likely that the FBI is stretched too thin to get ahead of the curve and it is hiding the scope of its findings to mask the extent of the hatred.

    The sovereigns are overwhelmingly white christians using a maladapted interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment to rationalize its commitment to a pending race war using links to the federal storming of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas and culminating in the Oklahoma City bombing. Many are either convicted felons no longer able to vote or have been marginalized by those who believe that the democratic process is ineffective especially since a person of color is President of the United States.

    The American Left poses no violent threat to the United States while the hate-filled right wing of the Republican Party always will.

  10. John Dale 2021-09-22

    “The American Left poses no violent threat to the United States while the hate-filled right wing of the Republican Party always will.”

    Left-right politics are divisive while both parties are infiltrated at the top by global mafia(s) that control (by design) the majority of congress.

    Do you see that your statements are bigoted by their nature and assign attributes of a group to individuals in the group?

    Some more examples:
    “All blacks are …”
    “Most Indians have …”
    “John Doe and John Smith are basically the same because …”

    It’s divisive labeling; very bigoted and assumes too much about the dispositions of individuals, none of whom I’m assuming you have even met yourself.

  11. larry kurtz 2021-09-22

    After a 2019 shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas asked the NM Legislature for funding to form a “special investigative unit to guard against hate crimes and terrorism.” Balderas’ office has also been investigating predator priests. Empowered by spiteful, vindictive bombast from Donald Trump the hate group New Mexico Civil Guard has abandoned lawful protest and started shooting protesters.

  12. O 2021-09-22

    John, I disagree. I accept that both left and right are disagreeable to each other, but the infiltration and explosion of radical NRA “Second Amendment solutions” makes the right a uniquely and empirical proven violent actor. The right’s gun obsession culture is threatening in its nature and by its design.

  13. larry kurtz 2021-09-22

    The New Mexico Capitol Roundhouse was also locked down for a time as extremists who idolize Herr Trump demonstrated in Santa Fe.

    Recall that during the second Obama term a group of armed thugs, including a retired Air Force master sergeant from South Dakota allied with mormon Cliven Bundy, occupied and ransacked not a courthouse but a national wildlife refuge in none other than Harney County, Oregon. The Ridiculous Right brands Black Lives Matter and Native American protesters unemployed slackers but a horde of Huns that takes over a federal facility to wait out the End Days and terrorizes Congress are called patriots.

    In a video posted at his Faceberg account Griffin invoked now dead domestic terrorist Lavoy Finicum who helped vandalize the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016.

    Republican leadership is an oxymoron. The faster all the deplorables taser themselves in the testicles until their myocardias infarct the better.

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