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Fear Mongering Leads To Violence


November 1, 2018

Last week will be remembered as one of the darkest in our nation’s history. Domestic terrorism, rooted in extreme rightwing politics, raised its ugly head. In Florida, a fanatical Trump supporter mailed pipe bombs to leading Democrats and to CNN. A white racist ambushed two black shoppers in a Kentucky parking lot. And in a heinous act of violence, an anti-Semite gunned down 11 elderly Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh.

Make no mistake about it. These violent acts did not spring up out of nowhere. They are the direct consequence of Donald Trump’s inflammatory language and fear mongering. At his dictator-style political rallies, he thrives on riling up his cultish followers by tapping into their worst fears and prejudices.

Democrats and others who criticize him are “traitors.” Mainstream media outlets are “enemies of the people.” Migrant men are “rapists” and the women and children are “invaders” who carry disease and pose a threat to the homeland. This is political demagoguery at its worst.

When confronted, Trump denies all responsibility, but his denials, no matter how many, can’t wash the blood off his hands. He is a liar, manipulator and con-man rolled into one and he is leading the country down a very dangerous road.

Trump now owns the Republican Party; his hard-core supporters will defend most anything he says or does. Some of them give the impression that they would drink poisoned Kool-Aid if he told them to. They will never accept his responsibility for last week’s violence because it would expose the role they have played in it.

Those Republicans who reject racism, anti-Semitism and political violence have been as quiet as the proverbial church mouse. Where are they and why are they not speaking out about this madness? It is time for them to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror. Even a child can recognize complicity when it stares him in the face.

Wayne Clark



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