Once again we can see clearly that every accusation Donald Trump makes of his opponents is really a confession of his own tendencies and actions. He’s now pushing this narrative that the Democrats, especially those who oppose Kavanaugh, are an “unhinged mob” that is encouraging violence. Let us count the many ways of hypocrisy here.
“The Democrats have become too extreme,” Mr. Trump said at a rally on Tuesday in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “And they’ve become, frankly, too dangerous to govern. They’ve gone wacko.” Democrats, he added, are practicing the “politics of anger, division and destruction.” In Erie on Wednesday night, he again warned about the “radical Democrat mob.”
And here Casey Kasum’s top 10 list of Trump encouraging violence and whipping up the mobs at his rallies into an unhinged frenzy.
1. At the very same rallies at which he said the things above in the last few days, the mob was screaming “LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!” They did this about Hillary Clinton during the election, but this time they were referring to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who hasn’t even been accused of a crime, much less charged or convicted. And this from the very same people screaming about due process for Brett Kavanaugh. Apparently only men get due process; women get a demand that they be locked up for non-existent crimes without so much as a trial.
2. “knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell …. I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.”
3. Said about Black Lives Protesters who had confronted Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally: “”That will never happen with me. I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will. It was a disgrace. I felt badly for him, but it showed that he was weak. You know what? He’s getting the biggest crowds, and we’re getting the biggest crowds. We’re the ones getting the crowds. But that’s never going to happen to Trump.”
4. “Get him the hell out of here, will you, please? Get him out of here. Throw him out!” Because he was “so obnoxious and so loud … maybe he should have been roughed up. Maybe he should have been roughed up. Because it was totally disgusting what he was doing.”5. About a protester at a rally in Vegas: “See, he’s smiling. See, he’s having a good time. Oh, I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches. We’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days, you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher, folks. Oh, it’s true. … The guards are very gentle with him. He’s walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”
6. “Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.” (He never actually paid anyones legal fees, despite many people being the victims of violence from his supporters at campaign rallies, with his encouragement. In fact, he later lied and said he never said he would pay anyone’s legal fees despite saying so several times, on video.)
7. “In the good old days this doesn’t happen because they used to treat them very, very rough. And when they protested once, they would not do it again so easily. But today they walk in and they put their hand up and they put the wrong finger in the air at everybody. And they get away with murder, because we’ve become weak.”
8. Of a protester in Kansas City: “I don’t know if I would have done well, but I would have been out there fighting, folks. I don’t know if I’d have done well, but I would’ve been — boom, boom, boom. I’ll beat the crap out of you.”
9. “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just seen them thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head you know, the way you put their hand over [their head]. Like, ‘Don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head.’ I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?'”
10. And then there’s his whole “the press is the enemy of the people” rhetoric, which is straight out of the Stalinist playbook. The result has been crowds at his rallies harassing and intimidating reporters. It’s also led to his followers threatening the lives of reporters, one of whom is in jail right now for repeatedly threatening to show up at the Boston Globe and shoot everyone in the newsroom.
Every accusation is a confession.