Trump’s Latest Threats

Threats of political violence from Donald Trump are so common that he has succeeded in making them seem mundane. While we may be used to them, they are no less dangerous. When violence and threats of violence become accepted as commonplace, we’ve lost America.

Since the end of Jim Crow, Americans have largely managed peaceful transfers of political power. This isn’t to say the transitions have been fair. Voters are regularly and systematically disenfranchised, and in one case, an election was decided not by voters but by a supposedly non-activist Supreme Court. Still, we’ve managed better than most of the world.

Until now.

Trump has, for the first time in recent memory, created an atmosphere of fear and violence, whipping his supporters into a frenzy of “action for action’s sake” (Eternal Fascism, Umberto Eco, 1995). Until now, Trump has fed his supporters’ feelings of disenfranchisement, giving them permission to crush dissent at his rallies by violence, with promises of moral and legal support.

Now he’s threatening violence on a larger scale. According to the Washington Post, the very candidate-selection process is now illegitimate unless Donald gets his way.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that a contested GOP convention could be a disaster if he goes to Cleveland a few delegates shy of 1,237 — and doesn’t leave as the party’s nominee.
“I think you’d have riots,” Trump said on CNN.
Noting that he’s “representing many millions of people,” Trump told host Chris Cuomo: “If you disenfranchise those people, and you say, ‘I’m sorry, you’re 100 votes short’ … I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen.”

This isn’t “like fascism”. It is fascism. It is profoundly anti-democratic, favoring the personal power of one person, and the limited enfranchisement of his select few supporters at the expense of the rest of the nation.

Trump’s policies are irrelevant. He is a dangerous, violent, power-mad demagogue. Whether or not you like his policies, it is your duty as an American to oppose him in any way possible.

If you can’t speak out against him because of fear, I understand. If you can and choose not to, you are a bad person. It’s time for some serious introspection on your part.