Dangerous, Deplorable, Despicable: Earlier today, in a clear incitement to violence, President Donald Trump shared a video from one of his supporters calling for the death of Democrats.
The Hill reports:
President Trump shared a video showing a supporter declaring that politically “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
Couy Griffin, a GOP county commissioner in Otero, N.M., and founder of Cowboys for Trump, made the remarks at a rally earlier this month, sparking backlash from local Republicans.
Talking Points Memo reports:
President Donald Trump early Thursday morning retweeted a video of one of his supporters declaring that Trump’s political opponents ought to be dead.
“Thank you Cowboys,” Trump tweeted with the video posted by Cowboys for Trump, which shows Couy Griffin, the group’s leader, ranting about Democrats in violent terms during a gathering at a New Mexico church on May 17.
Last week, in a despicable display of dangerous rhetoric, Otero County Commissioner and founder of Cowboys for Trump Couy Griffin, speaking at the New Hope Revival Church in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, declared:
I’ve come to a place where I’ve come to the conclusion that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.
Adding insult to injury, after declaring “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat” those in attendance at the Christian church cheered with delight.
Yes, they cheered.
And now, exponentially compounding the moral and intellectual failure, Trump has retweeted the call for political violence while expressing his gratitude for the sentiment.
Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico!
Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico! https://t.co/aCRJeskUA8
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
The following is a sample of the reactions condemning Trump’s tweet:
�Trump retweeted a video saying, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
The man later claims he didn’t mean it in the “physical” sense.�
Reminder that Trump has “inspired” his followers to send BOMBS and DEATH THREATS to Democratic leaders.�https://t.co/dC5DHyBzUb
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) May 28, 2020
.@realDonaldTrump, you fucking lunatic! The message in this video that you are replying to is “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” Of course you knew that. Your issue isn’t Twitter, it is the narcissistic, hate filled, lying, incompetent being that lives inside of you.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 28, 2020
“The only good Democrat is a DEAD Democrat” is the Tweet Trump is Replying to, While we just found out his Republican GOP leaders tested positive for over a week EXPOSING Democrats in Pennsylvania like @BrianSimsPA without letting anyone know! This is a CRIME encouraging MURDER!
— DanielNewmaη 404-737-1636 (@DanielNewman) May 28, 2020
@jack this tweet violates terms and conditions. It is retweeting a threat to murder people based on political party identification.
— (((Feddi Up))) (@FeddiUp) May 28, 2020
The President retweeted a video that opens with a man saying, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
Donald Trump is putting targets on Americans backs, fomenting violence and hate, and his words are killing people. In El Paso. In Dayton. In Charlottesville.
158 days. https://t.co/GRZtwT4UHN
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 28, 2020
When contacted by Talking Points Memo White House spokesperson Judd Deere dismissed concerns that Trump was advocating violence against his political enemies. In an emailed statement Deere said:
The President and the entire administration condemn violence in all forms as we have stated many times.
Bottom line: In a clear incitement to violence, President Donald Trump shared a video from one of his supporters calling for the death of Democrats.