President Donald Trump has faced a lot of heat for failing to condemn white supremacy during the recent first presidential debate. During the debate, when confronted over the topic, he said that members of the violent far-right gang known as the Proud Boys should “stand by,” which many — including people within the organization — took as a call to readiness for potential violence. Trump eventually sort of backpedaled and claimed that he wasn’t even familiar with the Proud Boys, who’d originally been mentioned by someone else during the debate, but this claim seems dubious. In a new ad, The Lincoln Project zeroes in on Trump’s apparent openness to violence.
The Proud Boys debacle is not the only recent instance of the president seeming fine with the idea of politically-motivated violence. During the debate itself, Trump also insisted that he is “urging my supporters to go in to the polls and watch very carefully, because that’s what has to happen,” which sounds like an endorsement of physical intimidation of opponents. Before the debate, at a recent White House press conference, Trump also refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power when asked if he would do so, although there’s such a deluge of news from the White House that the peaceful transfer of power issue might have gotten lost.
In the new Lincoln Project video, a narrator says, in part:
‘First, Donald Trump tells America he won’t accept the results of the election unless he wins. Then, Trump tells his violent anti-Semitic Proud Boy allies to “stand by.”.. His words aren’t a dogwhistle. They’re a siren. Trump’s violent mobs make it clear: this election is a choice between ballots and bullets, between America or Trump.’
Check out the video below:
Donald Trump won't accept the results of the election if he loses.
And he'll do anything to stay in power. pic.twitter.com/Ja0xQJtqCS
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 7, 2020
Besides the other issues, Trump has suggested that he may not even accept the election results if he loses. The good news is that there might be an indisputable leading margin for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the final tally. A CNN survey that came out this week showed a 16 percent leading margin for Biden, and on Wednesday morning, Biden led in FiveThirtyEight’s average of national-level polls by 9 percent. The site gave Biden an 83 percent chance of a victory as of that same point in time.
Check out Twitter’s response to the Lincoln Project ad below: