On Thursday, a Coast Guard lieutenant was arrested for a domestic terror plot. Christopher Paul Mason had amassed weapons and compiled a list of Democratic lawmakers and journalists whom he planned to murder, but Mr. Trump failed to condemn the plot.
On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on the White House lawn:
‘I certainly don’t think that the president, at any point, has done anything but condemn violence. In fact, every single time something like this happens, the president is typically one of the first people to condemn the violence.’
After arrest of Coast Guard lieutenant, who allegedly amassed weapons and compiled list of Democratic lawmakers and journalists, Sarah Sanders says Pres. Trump hasn't "at any point" done anything "but condemn violence, against journalists or anyone else." https://t.co/vD1SnbtLMf pic.twitter.com/JO6LCpexIm
— ABC News (@ABC) February 22, 2019
However, the reality is completely the opposite, Mr. Trump has been encouraging violence since 2015 prior to even being elected. Maybe Sanders should have said that Trump should have been “one of the first people to condemn the violence,” but sadly wasn’t.
There are several incidents that point to Trump’s incitement of violence. In 2015, the president said during one of his rallies that a protester “maybe should have been roughed up.” CNN host Ashleigh Banfield said:
‘When you have a candidate that continues to say the same sort of demagogic things he’s saying and his support is maintained, and when you see a Black Lives Matter protester beaten during one of his rallies — and he said maybe he deserved to be roughed up — when a homeless immigrant is beaten by Trump supporters and Trump doesn’t condemn that but says, in fact, “Well, my people are passionate,’ there’s a word for this.”’
In 2016, Mr. Trump promised to “knock the crap out of” protesters at another one of his rallies, promising to pay the legal fees. He even went so far as to say:
‘I’d like to punch him in the face, I tell ya.’
Then, someone at a Trump rally did exactly that. One of his supporters 78 year-old John McGraw slipped up a row of seats to the aisle where some protesters were being led out. He then threw a punch at one of them.
In 2018, Trump also praised a GOP lawmaker who admitted to body slamming a reporter. Republican nominee Greg Gianforte body slammed reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of Montana’s special election.
The president said:
‘Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy. I shouldn’t say that — (but) there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.’
In April of 2017, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled against efforts by Trump’s attorneys to throw out a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville.
During the rally, Trump repeatedly said “get ’em out of here” before, according to the protesters, they were shoved and punched by his supporters.
Judge Hale also noted that speech inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment and ruled that there is plenty of evidence that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s words.
Twitter showed disgust with Sanders’ statement, pointing out that Trump has a consistent track record of promoting violence.
If there’s anything one can pride Sarah Huckabee Sanders on, it’s the fact that she has been a great Trump puppet.
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