MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow explains how Donald Trump deliberately tried to incite violence at his political rallies.
Speaking about the disturbing violence that forced Trump to cancel a rally scheduled in Chicago Friday night, Maddow opined:
We haven’t seen American political violence at the center of American politics in my lifetime, and I’m old. There’s always been a level of violence on the edges of American political extremism. That’s always happened, but when it’s a major city rally for the front running Republican presidential contender and you can see the violence coming a mile away…
We cancelled segments for the show we planned to do between 9:00 and 10:00. We cancelled them in advance before this rally started when we saw what was happening in the streets outside this event and we saw what Donald Trump had done to incite violence. I’m saying that deliberately tried to incite violence from his event earlier today.
Maddow explains that “it is impossible” to call violence at Trump events “an accident,” noting the potential and historical political utility of promoting political violence:
This is a classic strong man political tactic that we are used to seeing in other countries but not our own. Certainly not in the last 50 years or so, in which political events are generated to bring violence at the edges into the center. So that violence at these events, which may start organically, is in effect spot lit and encouraged to the point where it becomes something that is legitimately out of control of anyone. And then the spectacle of political violence is itself seen as something that is a problem that needs to be solved by this strongman character who incited the initial event in the first place.
It’s political science in way. It’s not something that we’re used to seeing in American politics. But trying to gin up political violence for its electoral utility is inarguably what we are seeing here. I know the Trump campaign will not say that is what they’re doing. But when you look at the way that Mr. Trump has been talking about the organic existence of both protesters against him and violence toward those protesters at his event, when you look at the way that he has encouraged it in an escalating way leading to this inevitable event tonight in Chicago, I think that it is impossible to say that this is an accident.
Maddow is correct. Trump has been courting political violence for some time now. Indeed, the deliberate incitement to violence, is straight out of the fascist playbook.
Bottom line: Trump is a dangerous fascist.