Trump’s Desperate Attempts to Weaponize His Followers Will Not End Well

Trump’s Desperate Attempts to Weaponize His Followers Will Not End Well August 5, 2018

This is one of those points I have continuously attempted to impress upon my readers, especially the MAGA hive mind, but I’ve also had the doubters blow it off as nothing to be concerned about.

I think those who think that way are wrong.

You can quibble over the minor details (“Nothing has happened yet, therefore…”), but the time to sound the warning is not after the town has been raided and burned to the ground. You kind of want to get in front of those things.

The same is to be said for President Trump’s authoritarian drive to shut down the media in the United States.

Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying in 1804:

“No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.”

The emphasis there is mine.

It’s almost as if he saw Trump coming.

The man who sits in the Oval Office began his Sunday morning by launching another attack on the free press, and it was psychotic.

This is someone who has become unmoored from the shores of reality.

This is someone who is under pressure and his lack of core principles and morals is causing him to react in the only way someone so loathsome can: He’s attempting to whip up his MAGA cult to action.

Of that, there is no doubt in my mind.

Chris Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday” took the question of President Trump’s troubling tweet to John Bolton, national security adviser.

Wallace read the tweet back to Bolton, then asked, “What wars have we started?”

Bolton, as it is with all those who’ve joined the MAGA cult, attempted to downplay his boss’ caustic message, opting to mention the long history of press bias.

He’s not entirely wrong. The press is made up of people. These people often have a hard time separating their personal feelings from their work. It happens on both sides of the political aisle.

It sucks, and the proper response is to recognize it for what it is, speak out against it, change the channel or refuse to buy the newspaper.

Wallace responded that reporters are rightfully called out when they publish inaccurate information, but added that Trump’s latest attacks on the media are “taking it to a completely different level.”

“That’s the president’s view, based on the attacks the media has made,” Bolton responded, citing past administrations that have clashed with the media.

“I think this kind of adversarial relationship is typical,” he added.

Adversarial, but show me another administration that actually conjured up images of war and deemed the press “enemy of the people.”

For that matter, show me another administration that had a cult following of rabid, unhinged followers, and a president who openly names himself as a victim to these “enemies,” placing the onus for protecting him on his followers.

CNN’s Brian Stelter addressed the madness earlier Sunday, by playing a clip of a caller by the name of “Don,” who called into C-SPAN.

“Don” was upset. In particular, “Don” was upset with Stelter and his CNN colleague, Don Lemon. He had a problem with Stelter and Lemon calling all Trump supporters “racists.”

Stelter says that has never happened. They’ve never accused all Trump supporters of racism.

He went on to say that others in the media have received far worse than what the caller was threatening against he and Lemon.

“They don’t even know these Americans out here and they are calling us racists because we voted for Trump?” Don said in the call on Friday. “Come on. Give me a break. They started the war. I see them, I’m going to shoot them.”

It sounds like “Don” might be receiving orders from his general.

It’s not just CNN.

Stelter also aired a clip of MSNBC’s Katy Tur saying that she and a couple of her female colleagues had received emails saying, “I hope you get raped and killed.”

“And in case you want to argue that this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with ‘MAGA,’ ” Tur said, referring to the acronym for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

Because they equate being violent, frothing, mad dogs to making American great again.

Trump has weaponized the dregs of his supporters. He’s desperate. He’s attempting to create chaos, in order to save his own skin.

This does not end well.

 

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  • Ellen Elmore

    This is a sad commentary on our culture. The president is dividing this nation more than any president in history. His angry rhetoric and tweets are irresponsible and will end up causing violence. His MAGA supporters will be happy. The rest of us will not.

  • Devil’s Advocate

    Um, no libtards. All the violence comes from the Left. This is well-documented and consistently so.

  • DDDLEER

    So some whack jobs on the right send mean emails while the leftist commies shoot at politicians playing softball and it’s the right that is crazy? OK LOSERS, go support Pedowood!!!

  • Amy Lee

    Of all brain meltin stupidity. Sad thing is people actually believe this crap

  • You don’t realize it, but your constant name-calling and condescension has destroyed your credibility.

  • President Trump is a direct result of the behavior, words, and policies of President Obama. He is also a direct result of wannabe President Hillary Clinton.

    Think about it. This is NOT the first time Trump has run for President. In prior political climates, he was laughed out the door. But in the political climate created by the Obama & Clinton Machine, he became “the answer.” Maybe not a good answer, but a better answer than Hillary.

    If you guys don’t learn from your past and current mistakes, he’ll be re-elected.

    Think about it.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Yeah…we thought about it…

    The answer is still..

    NO!! …we will not climb on the Trumptrain…

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to stand up for my original reasoning on this issue…

  • Who’s asking you to climb on the Trumptrain? I’m not on the Trumptrain. Don’t like the guy and didn’t vote for him.

    But unless you Democrats wise up, you’re going to see a 2nd term for President Trump, and a whole lot more Republican victories in other races.

  • Kathy

    Concluding that everyone who has a problem with Trump is a Democrat is intellectually lazy and dishonest. I’m a conservative and I am disgusted that we have such a lowlife thug as president. The article is about Trump’s tendency to stir up ugliness in his followers, not about Obama or Clinton. The Whataboutism is getting really old. Yes, Obama caused plenty of division, but that in no way excuses Trump. Had we elected a leader with integrity, he or she might have moved the country a different direction. The fact that our choices from the two major parties were both corrupt Democrats is a sad commentary on how far we have sunk as a country. As long as people like you excuse Trump’s behavior, we will never do any better.

  • Kathy

    Libtards? Are you eight years old? Please provide some documentation that all violence comes from the left. It should be easy to do since it’s well documented.”

  • Marcion

    Maybe conservatives jumped on the trump train because they have a victim complex the size of the sun and he’s good at feeding it? Seriously; even anti-trump conservatives act like their trump-loving compatriots were somehow forced to pledge their fealty to the loudest, meanest, dumbest man in America by the mean ol’ democrats. The real question should be what conservative leaders did to drive their followers into this state of perpetual rage, paranoia, and self-pity.

  • Oh grow up, Kathy. Where are you seeing that I excused Trump’s behavior? Give me the quote, or just admit that you lied about that.

    I have said – and will repeat – that we have President Trump as a DIRECT RESULT of President Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Deny that if you wish, but don’t lie about what I’ve said.

  • TinnyWhistler

    “But unless you Democrats wise up, you’re going to see a 2nd term for President Trump, and a whole lot more Republican victories in other races.”

    I agree with that, but it’s honestly more of a statement on how far the Republican party has fallen than anything else, that none of this is too much.

  • Polarbearpapa

    So when you say Republican you mean those from the Party of Trump that have a big R on their chests..

    If that is the case …they are Democrats that are winning anyway…

    So no need to worry…

  • That sure could be.

    As I already said, I’m not a Trump voter (or Hillary voter). But I’ve talked to a LOT of Christians who voted for Trump. I can promise you one thing: Had they had a decent Democrat to vote for, they would have. But they were faced to choose the lesser of two evils, and they chose Trump. A very good friend of mine, who voted for Obama both times, voted for Trump.

    As I already said, the Democrats better start fielding some decent candidates, with more than “WE HATE TRUMP!!” as their platform.

  • ^ This doesn’t make any sense.

  • When I say Republicans, I mean people who vote for Republican candidates. I think that’s fairly clear.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Oh ..So you are saying that group of guys in DC that during the election promised to overturn OCare then even with a majority did not git er done..

    ..Those Republicans?

    ..I think my description of them being the Party of Trump.. is far closer to the real thing …

  • All the name-calling – including that used by the author – is childish and inappropriate.

  • No, they aren’t the Party of Trump. If they were the Party of Trump they would all be on board with him. But obviously they aren’t. Anybody can see that.

  • captcrisis

    The sun never sets on your irrational and unexplained hatred of Democrats, particularly Hillary and Obama. Let me guess: Nancy Pelosi is equally to blame. And Al Gore used to be.

  • TinnyWhistler

    I said back in 2014 that Hillary was the second to last person I’d vote for and Trump was the last. Nothing in the subsequent 2 years changed my mind and I voted accordingly. Hillary’s campaign was appalling from a strategic perspective, and she had decades of bad will to overcome. She was the Democrats’ Jeb.

  • Polarbearpapa

    From the Bills(Massive Budgets further increasing Merica’s indebtedness) they are passing, or not passing(OCare) ..I believe your assumption is incorrect.. while they mouth their objections..they just continue to follow the minstrels music …

    Republicans are the new Democrats

  • captcrisis

    How can you say anything about Hillary’s campaign? What do you know about it? Media coverage was all about those emails. The only thing we saw of her campaign was her performance in the debates where she cleaned Trump’s clock.

    And bad will? From whom? For what?

  • I voted third-party write-in. No way I’d vote for Trump, and absolutely no way I’d vote for Hillary.

    But my point all along is that the Democrats cannot understand why Trump got elected. And their continued behavior will get him re-elected.

  • Speaking of irrational…