During the campaign, Donald Trump often encouraged his followers to violence even promising to pay the legal fees of those who were arrested. He has since tried to back away from that rhetoric, but recently a white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, VA. While the event wasn’t a Trump rally, it was attended by many Trump supporters. Regardless of what Trump says, his supporters do appear more violent than those who supported Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
Another recent example of violent rhetoric, though thankfully no action, was the case of an Arizona man who threatened to run protesters over with his car. AzCentral reports that Phoneix resident James Cobo threatened to run Trump protesters over with his car. Cobo made the threat via a Facebook post which can be seen below courtesy of AzCentral.
Unfortunately for Cobo, it turns out that most people don’t find threats of violence to be amusing. When news of the post broke, Cobo received word that he had been fired from his job at West Valley Tires Point S.
‘”West Valley Tires Point S wants to publicly state we do not condone or support violence or prejudice in anyway shape or form. We were recently made aware of an employee that posted outrageous posts and videos that are in no way affiliated with the positive views, values and appreciation we have for people in our community and throughout the world. That person is no longer affiliated with West Valley Tires Point S.’
Cobo has since claimed that his comments were meant as a joke and that he doesn’t understand why people are so upset with him. During the interview, he clarified that his comments were a “tasteless joke” but insisted they were only a joke.
‘I’m being made into a horrible person over a joke that was just meant to ruffle some feathers. I admit it was a tasteless joke, but keyword here is it was a joke. If anybody was ever going to go and intentionally hurt people, why would they talk about it on social media publicly before doing it?’
He went onto say that he can’t figure out why people are calling him a racist and that he never thought his comments would be a big deal.
‘I never hurt anybody, nor did I have the intent to. I never said I was actually going to hit anybody with a vehicle. They assumed it. Never would have thought it would be a big deal. I still can’t figure out why I’m being called a racist. I’ve never even said anything racist. I was poking at them, trying to get a reaction like they do to the Trump supporters. Just hurt feelings like they do to everybody that doesn’t feel the same way they do about life.’
Perhaps most frustrating of all were his comments on the murder of Heather Heyer. While he insisted that his comments weren’t in reference to her death, he did say that he does not feel sympathy for her.
‘If you play in the road, you might get hit by a car. My parents taught me that when I was little. Now, her family has $225,000, because she played in the street, and people feel sorry for her family.’
Cobo also, seemingly without a shred of irony, complained about people complaining about his death threats.
‘I don’t care that I got fired. I already got another job. The only thing that upsets me about this situation is that adults are able to throw a tantrum and raise hell and get what they want by doing so. This is not how America is supposed to work.’
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