Trumped up violence

Donald Trump has successfully tapped into widespread anger at the political establishment in the US.

But he has also wound up the anger levels, and that is breaking out into violence. Trump has appeared to have encouraged violence.

A supporter punched a protester last week, and it’s being reported that Trump is going to help fund the attacker’s legal defence – Trump looking into paying legal fees for man who allegedly sucker-punched protester.

Trump’s campaign may now be reaping what he has sowed. Can he put out the flames? Or is he happy to keeping pouring petrol on his fiery campaign?

Washington Post: Trump has lit a fire. Can it be contained?

An already ugly presidential campaign has descended to a new level — one where the question is no longer whether Donald Trump can be stopped on his march to the Republican presidential nomination, but whether it is possible to contain what he has unleashed across the country.

Violence at Trump’s rallies has escalated sharply, and the reality-show quality of his campaign has taken a more ominous turn in the past few days.

The racially tinged anger that has both fueled Trump’s political rise and stoked the opposition to it has turned into a force unto itself.

But Trump should not be viewed in isolation or as the product of a single election, President Obama said Saturday at a fundraiser in Dallas.

Obama said those who “feed suspicion about immigrants and Muslims and poor people, and people who aren’t like ‘us,’ and say that the reason that America is in decline is because of ‘those’ people. That didn’t just happen last week. That narrative has been promoted now for years.”

This year’s presidential campaign, however, seems to have fallen into a bottomless spiral.

Trump’s Republican opponents are starting to speak up about the violence.

“I think it is also true that any campaign, responsibility begins and ends at the top,” Cruz said.

“Look at the rhetoric of the front-runner in the presidential campaign,” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Saturday. “This is a man who at rallies has told his supporters to basically beat up the people who are in the crowd and he’ll pay their legal fees. Someone who’s basically encouraged the people in the audience to rough up anyone who stands up and says something he doesn’t like.

Trump blames others.

“My people are nice,” Trump said at his rally in Dayton. “Thousands and thousands of people, they caused no problem. They were taunted, they were harassed by these other people. These other people, by the way, some represent Bernie, our communist. . . . He should really get up and say to his people: ‘Stop. Stop.’ ”

No sign of Trump saying “Stop”.

Blaming others for what you yourself are doing is an old political strategy, but it may be difficult for Trump to look credible beyond his baying crowds.

Sanders retorted in a statement issued by his campaign: “As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar. Obviously, while I appreciate that we had supporters at Trump’s rally in Chicago, our campaign did not organize the protests.”

“What caused the protests at Trump’s rally is a candidate that has promoted hatred and division against Latinos, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities, and his birther attacks against the legitimacy of President Obama,” Sanders added, referring to Trump’s false assertions that Obama was born in Africa and was therefore disqualified to be president.

Trump has sowed, he had benefited from raising anger levels, but can he manage the reaping? Or will it grow more out of control?

Political morals in the US have gone from low to plummet.

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34 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th March 2016

    Trump will of course portray the violence against him as proving the validity of his accusations of blame for US problems.

    The polls will show which side Americans believe. The next few weeks may be crucial.

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    • kiwi guy

       /  14th March 2016

      Trump has surged in polls, Florida is his, he is catching up fast in Ohio.

      Violent Vibrants in Chicongo trying to shut down democracy will only galvanise his followers.

      The Deep State – that is the 50+ private jet planes at Sea Island where the Republican donor class plotted their attack on Trump or billionaire Soros and his bought and paid for BLM marxist lesbians running text book socialist Ooga Booga disruption tactics – has been exposed to Americans.

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  2. David

     /  14th March 2016

    Polls show 60% plus blame Sanders supporters, the media are just taking sides as per usual. Trump holds a rally and it gets hijacked by vocal Sanders supporters and they get a slap which us what they wanted and its Trumps fault !
    No media narrative or hand wringing about how well behaved Trumps supporters are by allowing Sanders rally,s to proceed therefore protecting his right to free speech.

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    • kiwi guy

       /  14th March 2016

      Trump is talking about sending supporters to Sander’s hate fests to give those marixsts a taste of their own medicine.

      Leftists HATE getting a dose of their own medicine.

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  3. kiwi guy

     /  14th March 2016

    Pete’s thread just parrots Washington DC Establishment and media lackeys propaganda.

    Pete is on the verge of saying if you dare to raise your voice against mass immigration of Vibrants into your country, the destruction of jobs for your fellow country men then you got it coming to you if you are attacked or assassinated.

    Raheem Kassam
    ‏@RaheemKassam

    1/Make #Trump enemy
    2/Make him Hitler (last wk)
    3/Blame for violence (this wk)
    4/Make him look vulnerable (2day)
    5/Someone tries to kill

    “How the ‘Hitlerizing’ Media Have Painted A Target Over Trump

    I’ve been saying it for a while now, the mainstream media, alongside the politicians running against Donald Trump on both sides, are creating the conditions in which it would be totally “understandable” if there were an attempt on Trump’s life. Seriously.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/13/what-that-trump-security-moment-does-to-a-campaign/

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    • Have any comment on this KG? She’s making it up I guess?

      http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/272769-former-breitbart-spokesman-says-company-lying-over-trump-incident

      http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/03/11/on-cnn-former-breitbart-employee-kurt-bardella/209210

      Breitbart has no credibility. It’s a rag. Trump incites violence and then uses it to incite fear and hate.

      End. Of. Story.

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      • kiwi guy

         /  14th March 2016

        “Have any comment on this KG?”

        Where are your comments on the content of my post, instead you do some lame hit job on the source:

        Progressive Left media has no credibility.

        Remember when Huff Po covered Trump in their Entertainment section, they were quickly forced to face reality.

        Or how about Rolling Stone and the Jackie Rape Hoax that Leftists jumped on like the lynch mob they are.

        And here we are again, Progressives AND GOP donor class ganged up like crims to take down the biggest threat to their cozy lucrative political circus in DC.

        “End.Of.Story.”

        Stop posting like a Twitter addicted teenage baby sitter.

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        • Everything you say is easily discredited. I just thought we could debate the connection between Breitbart and the Trump campaign. You know Trumps guy assaulted a female reporter right? A female BREITBART reporter. That’s your boy Trumpy.

          I don’t respond to your content because it is the rhetoric of Fear. But I’ll do your last comment.

          “Progressive Left Media…”

          Yeah, nah. Buzzword + Political ‘Side’ + Media. Those are just words. They don’t mean shit. What does Progressive mean to you. What does Left mean to you both locally here in NZ and in a US context.

          “Remember when HuffPo….” No I don’t. Tell me.

          “Or how about….” I’m not a ‘listen and believe’ person so I’m glad wronged people’s names were cleared and I hope the accuser can have a normal and productive life. I hope those guys falsely accused can recover their standing ASAP. Mistakes, for want of a better word, do happen. This example isn’t the rule, it’s an exception of a few.

          “And…”. I don’t understand any of that. The buzzwords have blinded me, verily.

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          • kiwi guy

             /  14th March 2016

            “Rhetoric of Fear”

            “Rape! Rape! Fear! Fear! Rape! Fear! Rape! Fear!” is the Feminist mantra – using fear to attack and destroy innocent men in Lefitst political lynch mobs and achieve their Marxist inspired agenda.

            “Mistakes, for want of a better word, do happen. This example isn’t the rule, it’s an exception of a few.”

            No, stop lying to yourself. Feminist needed a real life case to prove their theory that Uni Campuses are a wash with rape and the victims are not believed. They could not find a single example so they have manufactured false accusations to reinforce their Feminist narrative. The Rolling Stone hit job was suppose to be the missing link that vindicated Feminists.

            Your Leftist apologies are hollow. You have no intention of opposing the Feminist sistahood ( you are too frightened of them ) who even now are still pushing Campus Rape propaganda and falsely accusing other innocent young men.

            Do you reckon any of these Progressive crazies went back and apologised to the real victims, no, they slither back under their rock and only come out for the next Feminist orchestrated witch hunt:

            http://content-img.newsinc.com/jpg

            Stop using definitions as a smoke screen. What exactly is a Conservative? Whats a Neo Liberal? Anarchist? Gramscian Socialist? What’s a Libertarian? Discussing that kind of thing is a whole thread unto itself, but I’m sure most people have the basic idea. If they don’t they need to educate themselves.

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            • Gezza

               /  14th March 2016

              De stuff you am taking am doing your head in man.

        • Iceberg

           /  14th March 2016

          I think he was perhaps trying to gently cut through the weapons grade paranoia exhibited in your posts.

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          • Gezza

             /  14th March 2016

            Interesting seeing Rachel Maddow’s take on Trump’s rhetoric encourageing violence from his supporters:
            http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/escalating-aggression-marks-trump-s-rhetoric-642743363967

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            • Iceberg

               /  14th March 2016

              The violence rhetoric seems to me to be another red herring on the way to President Trump. Nearly all Trump supporters are non violent, are we hearing about them? His opponents seem totally lost as to how to succeed against him, this is just another indicator of that.

              Everybody has laughed at him as the joke candidate, as a buffoon not to be taken seriously, but maybe Ghandi put it best…

              “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

            • Gezza

               /  14th March 2016

              I don’t think people are laughing at him any more. They’re taking more of an interest in his style.

  4. Pete Kane

     /  14th March 2016

    Here’s the Bloomberg delegate tracker (in case people wish to bookmark it) that updates each time opened. It’s set on Democrats and you will see the Republican option at the end of the first paragraph. (Actually have posted both, but obviously only one needs to be saved.)

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/graphics/2016-delegate-tracker/

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/graphics/2016-delegate-tracker/

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  5. Nelly Smickers

     /  14th March 2016

    LOST IN TRANSLATION?

    Here is a Finnish News Team reporting on the U.S. Election

    LOL!! 😀

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  6. Clemgeopin

     /  14th March 2016

    Today’s Bernie-Clinton Town Hall meeting:

    The first part is Bernie Sanders answering questions. The first question was about Trump. See how Bernie replies:

    Bernie is followed by Hillary. I haven’t watched that part yet.

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    • Clemgeopin

       /  14th March 2016

      Hillary’s part is in here:

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    • Pete Kane

       /  14th March 2016

      Thanks for this Clemgeopin.

      Reply
      • Clemgeopin

         /  14th March 2016

        My pleasure. Bernie comes across as so genuine and sincere. Hillary and Trump not so much.
        Cheers!

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        • Pete Kane

           /  14th March 2016

          “Bernie comes across as so genuine and sincere. Hillary and Trump not so much.”
          !00% from me. I don’t like this guy (Ed Klein – actually he used to be Editor in Chief of the NYT Magazine, so seriously connected), but I did find this talk quite funny.

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  7. Clemgeopin

     /  14th March 2016

    @kiwi guy
    Do you approve of Trump promoting hatred and division against Latinos, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities?

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    • Mefrostate

       /  14th March 2016

      Allow me to test my “Kiwi Guy Bot 2000”:

      Hatred and division are only being pushed by Trump-haters in the Cultural Marxist media. Your addiction to Vibrants, Feminists and the retarded offspring of druggies only indicates that you are full to burst of this Progressive propaganda like a typical fatty Feminist.

      The reason the media are spreading these lies so viciously is that they are terrified of giving power to a real man like Trump, instead of a minority weakling like Obummer. They are scared that Trump will point out that their crim-hugging Marxist narrative is all based on nonsense like Rape Culture.

      Here’s a picture of some Muslims hanging by their necks.

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      • Jeeves

         /  15th March 2016

        That was beautiful- I’m finally convinced.

        Wimmin- who needs em, eh?

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