Image: Bruce MacKinnon.
The targets of this domestic terrorist – the Obamas, the Clintons, Maxine Waters, George Soros, John Brennan, Eric Holder, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, CNN's office – are all people specifically attacked with vile, often violent rhetoric by the President of the United States. Trump has called these people threats to our nation, traitors, and enemies of the people. Trump's repulsive personality and his promotion of dangerous conspiracies from the Oval Office has now led to actual terrorism. This reckless brute is a clear and present danger to the country he is supposed to protect. He inspires violence and promotes dangerous conspiracies among weak-minded but well-armed men on the far-right fringes of our society. If we can take the House, we can check his power and ensure that his vast array of crimes get a full public hearing, perhaps forcing him to resign in order to avoid criminal penalties for himself and his family. If we don't take the House, the damning evidence of the Mueller report could be reduced to the empty pleadings of a powerless opposition. The election in twelve days is the only way to save our country from this dangerous fool. The stakes have never been higher.
– Ken Darling
October 25, 2018
October 25, 2018
Image: Duff Moses.
Related Off-site Links:
Trump Decries “Political Violence” After Years of Stoking It – Andrew Restuccia and Gabby Orr (Politico, October 24, 2018).
The Ugliness and Hatred That Trump Has Wrought – Michael Harmer (Michael-In-Norfolk, October 25, 2018).
Soros, CNN, Obama and the Clintons: Trump's Incitement Turns Into Real Threats – Allison Kaplan Sommer (Haaretz, October 25, 2018).
Psychological Violence and Propaganda, from the White House – Ravi Chandra (Psychology Today (October 23, 2018).
Trump Blames Media for Inciting “Anger” After Bombs Sent to CNN and High-Profile Democrats – Democracy Now! (October 25, 2018).
These Attempted Bombings Show How Dangerous Trump’s Rhetoric Really Is – Stephen A. Crockett Jr. (The Root, October 24, 2018).
The Far Right Is Claiming That Letter Bombs Are a “Liberal Tactic.” But History Shows That They Are Equal-opportunity Terrorism – Rebecca Onion (Slate, October 25, 2018).
Whose Violence? – In the US and Around the World Today, Political Violence Is the Hallmark of the Right, Not the Left – Branko Marcetic (Jacobin, June 15, 2017).
Why Does the Far Right Hold a Near-Monopoly on Political Violence? – Joshua Holland (The Nation, June 23, 2017).
Far Right Urging of Jailing of Political Rivals Linked in History With Bombings – Juan Cole (Informed Comment via Common Dreams, October 26, 2018).
UPDATES: What We Know About Cesar Altieri Sayoc, the Man Arrested in Connection With Pipe Bombs Sent to Democrats – Molly Olmstead (Slate, October 26, 2018).
Pipe Bomb Suspect Cesar Altieri Sayoc's Social Media Is Filled With Pro-Trump Memes and Threats to Democrats – Tasneem Nashrulla, Ellie Hall, and Zoe Tillman (BuzzFeed, October 26, 2018).
Accused Bomber Cesar Sayoc Was a Fervent Trump Supporter – Trevor Aaronson (The Intercept, October 26, 2018).
Trump Refuses to Call Clintons or Obamas Following Bomb Scare – Summer Cartwright (Salon, October 26, 2018).
Mail-bomber “False Flag” Theories Overwhelm Discourse on Terrorism – David Neiwert (Southern Poverty Law Center, October 26, 2018).
Of Course Somebody Took Close-Up Pictures of Suspected Bomber's Van: Here They Are – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, October 26, 2018).
Maxine Waters: Trump Should "Take Responsibility" for Bomb Threats, He's Been "Dog-Whistling" to Supporters – Ramsey Touchberry (Newsweek, October 25, 2018).
Is Trump Responsible for Violence? Yes – Laura Flanders (Common Dreams, October 26, 2018).
How Trump's Psychology of Hate Unleashed the MAGABomber – Todd Essig (Forbes, October 26, 2018).
Here Is a List of Far-Right Attackers Trump Inspired. Cesar Sayoc Wasn’t the First – and Won’t Be the Last – Mehdi Hasan (The Intercept, October 27, 2018).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Trump's America: Normalized White Supremacy and a Rising Tide of Racist Violence
• Trump's Playbook
• On International Human Rights Day, Saying "No" to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
• A Profoundly Troubling and Tragic Indictment
• Michael Sean Winters: "The Entire Republican Establishment Has Caved to Trumpism"