Stop the threats of violence


Nice country you have there; shame if anything happened to it.

Donald Trump said this week that if he was indicted for taking classified materials, “I think you’d have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before. . . . It would tear this country apart.”

How reprehensible. How deeply irresponsible.

Just as he did on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump is stirring up the more radical elements of his base, then claiming he’s just making an observation. He knows words have consequences, especially those of a former president.

Note how it echoes his speech that day: “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” an exhortation that preceded the attack on the Capitol.

If Trump truly cared about “law and order” as he claims, if his criticisms of Antifa and the anti-cop riots are to have any credibility, he would not suggest that his followers will tear the nation apart. But he doesn’t. Trump has again and again put self-interest over country.

Violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021.
Violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021.
John Minchillo/AP

Trump has $100 million saved up in a political action committee; he can afford to fight the case. If he’s indicted, he’ll have his day in court. That’s how it works. Think the Justice Department is biased? Say so. Believe there’s a double standard? Argue it.

But stop making threats of violence.



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