One Way Or Another, President Trump Will Have Blood On His Hands

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The republican President Donald Trump keeps inciting his base at his rallies to believe anything he says to where they are not so subtly encouraged to take action against his perceived enemies which includes the “press” which he describes as the enemy of the peoples.

That’s why I worry about this group of zealots who call themselves “Q” or “QAnon which have been showing up at the president’s rallies. This is not normal. In the past this type of a group would have been shunned, not allowed to be an welcome entity and not granted the clock of normalcy of any viable political campaign.

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Katy Tur of MSNBC tells about her experience at the hands of the president’s supporters, which are not just directed at her but at other female reporters.

As per a 8/3/18 AlterNet report by Cody Fenwick,  “MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Friday shared the details of some of the most hateful and violent comments she has recently received that, she says, have been inspired by President Donald Trump’s anti-media rhetoric.”

“Either the president doesn’t get the problem, or he doesn’t care,” she said.”

“Sadly, the harassment and threats are not stopping,” she continued. “Journalists get them every day. We’ve been getting them since the campaign when then-candidate Trump urged the crowd to yell and scream at us. But what you saw and still see on TV, those boos and those taunts, are only part of it. What you do not see are the nasty letters, or packages, or emails. The threats of physical violence. ‘I hope you get raped and killed,’ one person wrote to me just this week. ‘Raped and killed.’ Not just me, but a couple of my female colleagues as well.”

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“She added:”

“And in case you want to argue that this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with ‘MAGA.’ So if anyone in the administration cares about the safety and security of journalists, the health of a free and unintimidated press, and by extension, our democracy as a whole, please say something to your boss, to your dad, to your commander-in-chief, before it is too late. Obviously, I’m not talking to you, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You made it clear where you stand yesterday.”

“On Thursday (8/2/18), White House press secretary Sanders was asked if she believed the media is the “enemy of the people,” as Trump has often claimed. She refused to distance herself from this rhetoric.”

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Here is the rest of the story…

On August 3, 2018, Bret Stephens of the New York Times penned the following report, “Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands” (“His demonization of the news media won’t fall on deaf ears.”)

Excerpts:

“The voice, if I had to guess, belongs to that of a white American male in late middle age. The accent is faintly Southern, the manner taunting but relaxed. It’s also familiar: I’m pretty sure he’s left a message on my office number before. But the last voice mail left almost no impression. Not this time.”

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“Hey Bret, what do you think? Do you think the pen is mightier than the sword, or that the AR is mightier than the pen?”

“He continues: “I don’t carry an AR but once we start shooting you f—ers you aren’t going to pop off like you do now. You’re worthless, the press is the enemy of the United States people and, you know what, rather than me shoot you, I hope a Mexican and, even better yet, I hope a n— shoots you in the head, dead.”

“He repeats the racial slur 10 times in a staccato rhythm, concluding with the send-off: “Have a nice day, n— lover.”

“He doesn’t give his name. His number is blocked.”

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“The call dates from the end of May, right after I had published a columndefending ABC’s firing of Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet. “Perhaps the reason Trump voters are so frequently the subject of caricature,” I wrote, “is that they so frequently conform to type.”

“Four weeks later, a gunman storms into a newsroom in Annapolis, Md., and murders five employees of the Capital Gazette.”

“The alleged killer in the Annapolis shooting does not appear to have acted from a political motive. But the message I got in May was the third time I’ve been expressly or implicitly threatened with violence by someone whose views clearly align with Donald Trump’s. Otherwise, the only equivalent threat I’ve dealt with in my career involved a Staten Island man who later went to prison for his ties to Hezbollah.”

Police respond to the shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28th, 2018. A reporter for the daily, Phil Davis, tweeted that a "gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees."
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“Which brings me to the July 20 meeting between Trump and two senior leaders of The Times, publisher A.G. Sulzberger and editorial page editor James Bennet. As Sulzberger later described the encounter, he warned the president that “his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” and that characterizations of the news media as “the enemy of the people” are “contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”

“By now, it almost passes without comment that the president of the United States not only violates the ground rules of his own meetings with the press, but also misrepresents the substance of the conversation.”

“Also nearly past comment was the president’s remark, in a follow-on tweet, that the media were “very unpatriotic” for revealing “internal deliberations of our government” that could put people’s lives at risk. That’s almost funny considering that no media organ has revealed more such deliberations, with less regard for consequences, than his beloved WikiLeaks.”

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“What can’t be ignored is presidential behavior that might best be described as incitement. Maybe Trump supposes that the worst he’s doing is inciting the people who come to his rallies to give reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta the finger. And maybe he thinks that most journalists, with their relentless hostility to his personality and policies, richly deserve public scorn.”

“Yet for every 1,000 or so Trump supporters whose contempt for the press rises only as far as their middle fingers, a few will be people like my caller. Of that few, how many are ready to take the next fatal step? In the age of the active shooter, the number isn’t zero.”

“Should that happen — when that happens — and journalists are dead because some nut thinks he’s doing the president’s bidding against the fifth column that is the media, what will Trump’s supporters say? No, the president is not coyly urging his supporters to murder reporters, like Henry II trying to rid himself of a turbulent priest. But neither is he the child who played with a loaded gun and knew not what he did.”

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“Donald Trump’s more sophisticated defenders have long since mastered the art of pretending that the only thing that matters with his presidency is what it does, not what he says. But not all of the president’s defenders are quite as sophisticated. Some of them didn’t get the memo about taking Trump seriously but not literally. A few hear the phrase “enemy of the people” and are prepared to take the words to their logical conclusion.”

“Is my caller one of them? I can’t say. But what should be clear is this: We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.”

13 comments

  1. How absolutely terrifying! If you or I threatened bodily harm, we would be in prison for the rest of our lives. What Trump is doing is not much different than yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded theater or “BOMB” on an airplane … both of which are a ticket to prison. His horrendous behaviour has escalated to the point that he is endangering the lives of the very people who guarantee our freedom. What next? Don’t even ask. Thanks for sharing this information, Gronda. The public needs to know what Trump & his thugs are up to. I still expect bloodshed before November. 😥
    Hugs!!!

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    • Dear Jill,

      I was just watching “Morning Joe” where Peggy Noonan was trying to intellectually explain away the president that we have today. I’m lucky to still have a TV.

      There IS NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT THIS GUY. It is only a matter of time before something happens where blood is shed.

      You are right. He has been inciting violence, betraying our country and taking steps to obstruct justice with the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, right out in the open, in Twitter and on TV. There is nothing, absolutely nothing normal with this guy.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I know just what you mean … more than once my laptop has almost become a ‘casualty of war’ as I trolled the news. No, nothing … NOTHING is normal about any of this. It is true that the truth is stranger than fiction. I truly dread whatever comes next.
        Hugs!!!

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  2. Gronda, when LeBron James said the President uses sports to divide people, he was only partially correct. The President will use any issue to gain an advantage by dividing Americans. He is the US President, but he represents only part of America.

    He will have blood on his hands through his mean-spirited and childish attacks on the media. 69% rate of lying is measured for this man in the public venue. At rallies, it is even worse, with The Washington Post measuring a Montana rally with a 76% lying rate,

    As they are too many to list, let me ask a Trump supporter a question after I mention a few recent recanted stories;
    – after saying he was unaware of either settlement to two affairs, he admitted to knowing of the two payoffs,
    – after vilifying Theresa May in hThe press as he was hosted, he denied doing so – the interview was recorded and the paper stuck by their story.
    – after fawning all over Putin in Helsinki, he tried to say he meant to include another word. That changed one sentence, not the other ones.

    These are just three examples, in the last two weeks. There are more. So, my question is who is portraying fake news? It seems to me it is the one calling things fake.

    Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      The president is likely to use division to get his base motivated to get out and vote this upcoming November 2018. This is at a time where most Americans want lawmakers to work across the aisle to get things done to make their lives better.

      Democrats would do well to come up with centrist type plans (realistic and pragmatic) on how to make the lives of average Americans better and to market them.

      The democrats do not and should not even mention President Trump. Why give him any more news space. The Democrats should push for a return to decency, honesty, a government that works for them.

      There should be advertisements about fixing health care, addressing climate change issues, fixing student loan/ debt crisis, empowering unions and organized labor entities just for starters.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, I agree that Dems should stick to kitchen table issues and say we need more civil discourse of issues in our country. Fear may sell, but it cannot solve problems.

        What I find of interest is twice in the last week, a family member has disagreed with the President. Ivanka saying the press is not the enemy and Melania in her support of what LeBron is doing to help kids. Are they trying to send a subtle message to the patriarch or soften his irresponsible tweets? Keith

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    • Dear Mary Plumbago,

      Thanks for adding this link. I’m a fan of John Pavlovitz”s work and I follow him on twitter. He is a badly needed voice out there in this wilderness.

      I have inquired if he’ll let me and some others like Jill reblog his work. He’s declined in the past.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • To bad. It would get his voice out there for the greater good. I wonder if I wasn’t suppose to add his link anywhere. Not sure of the rules on that sort of thing. I would assume it’s out there for the public. He is on Facebook as well.

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        • Dear MaryPlumbago,

          I agree. I would think that a link to his work would be welcome. In addition, we have a very decent blogging family where he could count on his message being given the right kind of additional coverage.

          Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Dear Tokyosand,

    That shooting at the Capitol Gazette in Annapolis was more of a revenge situation by a deranged man. President Trump’s rhetoric creates an environment were this could actually be considered okay but In all fairness, this isn’t a clear cut case. I am worried about that clear cut case becoming more likely than not in the future.

    Hugs, Gronda

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