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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 04:56 PM

Trump Isn't Inciting Violence by Mistake, But on Purpose. He Just Told Us.


By Jonathan Chait@jonathanchait

At a weekend rally, President Trump launched a riff that, even by the feverish standards of his closing campaign argument, stands out for its brutal authoritarian overtones. The president mocked Antifa demonstrators: “You see these little arms, these little arms,” he shouted, forming his fingers into tiny circles to illustrate their puny biceps. And then he invited his supporters to imagine these weaklings having to fight against Trump’s own militant cadres. “Where are the Bikers for Trump? Where are the police? Where are the military? Where are — ICE? Where are the border patrol? No,” he continued, lamenting the restraint his sentries have displayed, “we’ve taken a lot, we’ve taken a lot.”




This is a revealing setpiece of authoritarian theater. There is, first of all, the evocation of strength as a moral signifier. Trump’s people are strong and good, and his opponents weak and bad, a classically fascist ethos. Second, he conflates his private political militia, “Bikers for Trump,” with government agencies that are not supposed to operate as a political arm of the president (police, military, ICE.) Trump, of course, has always believed the government’s law enforcement apparatus should be at his personal command, and has in fact deployed the military to the border for the benefit of his party’s campaign messaging.

Third, as he has done throughout his presidency, he also conflates Antifa (the miniscule faction operating totally outside of, and frequently at odds with the Democratic Party) with the opposition as a whole. “If the radical resistance — and that’s what they are, radical resistance — they will move immediately to reverse America’s progress.” The term “radical resistance” treats the political opposition writ large as a dangerous, violent, and essentially illegal movement. And finally, Trump is tantalizing his supporters with the prospect of bloodshed. Their side has been set upon, and yet despite all their strength, he imagines some form of excessive restraint has held them back from administering to their tormentors the beating they so clearly deserve. He is wafting into the air the scent of blood.

The Republican Party as a whole has echoed versions of this theme by Trump, depicting Democrats as a “resistance mob.” Trump’s forays against violence play exactly the same role as his denunciations of corruption. He is magnifying marginal features of politics (Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street) in order to justify violations several orders of magnitude larger (Trump running a private, undisclosed business empire in office). Trump fixates on the negligible threat posed by Antifa not because he wants to build up the value of nonviolence but because he wishes to tear it down. Political violence is not the problem, it is the solution.

Trump’s rhetoric about the non-party-controlled news — “fake news,” “enemies of the people” — reveals this strategy in a way that is far more insidious than even his critics in the media seem to grasp. Reporters have treated his rhetoric as a dangerous game with unintended consequences. The consequences seem to be very much Trump’s intent.

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DonViejo Nov 5 OP
dalton99a Nov 5 #1
NastyRiffraff Nov 5 #2
Crutchez_CuiBono Nov 5 #3
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:03 PM

1. Trump is a clear and present danger.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:05 PM

2. Also:



Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early Voting). Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law. Thank you!

Threatening voters, a classic authoritarian tactic.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:06 PM

3. Where is the guy who smears that shit all over his face?

That in itself is felonious. One more day. He's truly shitfaced today.

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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:13 PM

4. k and r..nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:56 AM

5. K & R

Great article.

And here's this from the WaPo echoing and confirming some of this one's - worth the read:

Five reasons to be concerned about deploying U.S. troops along the southern border

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/11/05/5-reasons-to-be-concerned-about-deploying-u-s-troops-along-the-southern-border/?utm_term=.e0a75571cdc0

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