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Today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump crossed into the terrain of illegality by inciting his followers to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and unspecified members of the United States Supreme Court to stop what Trump claimed was a plan to seize firearms by rescinding the Second Amendment in a coming Clinton administration. This was unmistakably a death threat, a fact which no amount of prevarication and spin can be allowed to hide. It was more than a death threat, because it constituted a direct invitation to Trump’s crazed followers to exercise the “Second Amendment remedies” which had been a centerpiece of the losing Senate campaign of Tea Party fanatic Sharron Angle in 2010.
At that time, everyone knew very well what “Second Amendment remedies” meant. It was a call for the assassination of Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and of other Democratic elected officials. According to Congressman John Lewis, Angle’s call for “Second Amendment remedies” in the fall of 2010 was a contributing cause to the Tucson massacre of January 2011, in which Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded 14, among them Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is maimed for life. John M. Roll, the chief judge for the United States District Court for Arizona, was also slain. (Note that on that occasion, the victims included both an elected official and a federal judge, just as Trump seems to be anticipating.)
It is time for the Secret Service to interrogate Trump and take him into custody if the evidence warrants. Any Republican and any other person who continues to endorse Trump after this despicable event will be forever counted among the accomplices of the fascist billionaire’s present and future crimes.
Maximum vigilance is now needed to ward off what is likely coming next: Trump has openly attempted to call in cyber strikes by foreign powers or networks to help create an October Surprise against his adversary. This briefing has been warning for several months about the acute danger of a Strategy of Tension coordinated series of destabilizing events, including international terrorism, domestic terrorism, cyber attacks, financial panics, and breakdowns of public services like today’s computer outage asked Delta Airlines. These destabilizing events would then culminate in an October Surprise, which may well be anticipated into August or September because of the widespread phenomenon of early voting.
Trump’s goal is to seize power by any means, and the Constitution be damned. The Republican Party has given a psychotic fascist a straight shot at the White House. The GOP is collapsing, and richly deserves to keep on collapsing. Individual Republicans can save their personal honor and integrity if they openly denounce Trump now.
The Brazil Olympics are a likely target for terrorism, but the recent Sochi Winter Olympics show that terrorism during the Olympics can occur anywhere. The only thing certain is that Trump will be the beneficiary of further chaos, and that the perpetrators or their controllers will be consciously acting in order to keep the Trump campaign in contention.
Here are the basic facts of the Trump call for assassinations, as reported by the New York Times:
‘Donald J. Trump on Tuesday appeared to raise the possibility that gun rights supporters could take matters into their own hands if Hillary Clinton is elected president and appoints judges who favor stricter gun control measures to the bench. At a rally here, Mr. Trump warned that it would be “a horrible day” if Mrs. Clinton were elected and got to appoint a tiebreaking Supreme Court justice.“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo.
He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The Trump campaign released a statement insisting opaquely that Mr. Trump had been referring to the “power of unification.”’1
The Trump campaign contends that the reference here is to legal political action by gun advocates, but this is evasion. The Chicago Tribune this evening offered a more rigorous construction of Trump’s remarks which makes it clear that Trump is calling for violence theoretically occurring after an election victory by Hillary Clinton and after the appointment of supposedly anti-gun Supreme Court justices:
‘Donald Trump ignited a fresh political firestorm Tuesday by declaring gun rights supporters might still find a way to stop Hillary Clinton, even if she should defeat him, and then name anti-gun Supreme Court justices..’
The obvious implication is that Hillary and her judicial appointees need to be stopped by violence. Trump’s crazed followers won’t wait to parse the technicalities; they are likely to strike sooner rather than later.
Again, these remarks need to be read within the well-established context of the Sharron Angle “Second Amendment remedies,” more background on which is provided below. Trump’s remarks must also be read in the context of the recent Republican National Convention and related Trump campaign events, where the threat of violence against the Democratic candidate has been especially prominent.
The Republican National Convention was marked by repeated chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” There were numerous threats of violence on the floor, as when Mrs. Heidi Cruz had to be escorted off the convention floor by security guards after her husband had refused to endorse the fascist billionaire.
And during the Republican National Convention, a New Hampshire state representative and Trump delegate at the RNC issued his own death threat against Hillary Clinton: he wanted her summarily executed for high treason. This might imply that the killing would be carried out not by the usual lone assassin, but by a fascist militia of storm troopers.
‘New Hampshire state Representative Al Baldasaro, who is also a Trump delegate from the state and has appeared with Trump at campaign events, made the comments on the Jeff Kuhner Show. “I’m a veteran that went to Desert Shield, Desert Storm. I’m also a father who sent a son to war, to Iraq, as a Marine Corps helicopter avionics technician. Hillary Clinton to me is the Jane Fonda of the Vietnam,” he said. “She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi. She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back up security. Something’s wrong there.” “This whole thing disgusts me, Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,” he added.’2
We repeat that Trump is very much on the rhetorical terrain of Sharron Angle, a Tea Party extremist deployed in the November 2010 Senate race in Nevada against Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Angle, an abject guttersnipe, issued her death threat to Harry Reid at least twice. Here is the first example:
‘On Bill Manders' radio show, she stated that the Second Amendment is "to defend ourselves. And you know, I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems."[ On Bill Manders' radio show, she stated that the Second Amendment is "to defend ourselves. And you know, I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems."
On another occasion, she escalated the threat by being more specific that Harry Reid was to be taken out, an obvious euphemism for assassinated:
On Lars Larson’s radio show, she stated "You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. In fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying, 'My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?' I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out."
Congressman John Lewis saw Sharron Angle’s raving as a contributing cause of the January 2011 Tucson massacre already referred to above:
Congressman Jim Clyburn said in January 2011 that "Sharron Angle's endorsement of 'Second Amendment remedies' in her losing Nevada campaign against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid contributed to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.”3
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah “Don’t retreat, reload!”Palin, a certifiable moron, rushed to defend Sharron Angle. Palin’s PAC was also under fire for a website that showed Democratic officials in the cross hairs of telescopic sights:
‘...Liberal media pundits assigned blame by citing Palin's political action committee's website, which showed crosshairs on districts that it was targeting in the November midterm, including the district of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the believed target of the gunman who was wounded in the shooting.’4
In conclusion, we can only hope – this outrageous new crime by Trump will quickly accelerate the collapse of his wretched campaign far beyond the point of no return.
(Webster G. Tarpley)