Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is very concerned about the possibility of Donald Trump regaining presidential power — although the idea is out there among some of his conspiratorially minded supporters that he still has such power, although he, well, doesn’t.
In recent days, Trump said “death and destruction” would accompany an indictment of him, should it drop, threatening observers with that claimed possibility, from whatever source. It’s obviously the exact same kind of language directly excusing violence or dramatic action that Trump’s shared in the context of the Capitol riot, whether around the actual incident or much more recently, as he continues, with other Republicans, stumping for participants in the assault. This time, he is facing an investigation from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has been looking into issues of financial corruption including the hush money illegally given to Stormy Daniels before the 2016 elections. Actually charging Trump would need the approval of a grand jury.
“It is just a marvel to me, incomprehensible really, that this man has any support of anyone to run for dogcatcher in this country,” Schiff said in a new interview. “There’s no question this is meant to be a threat to the Manhattan District Attorney. It’s meant to be a call to his most fervent supporters that this is how he wants them to respond because this is what he is predicting. And it is just so reckless and irresponsible.” An accompanying caption references some of the dangers of Trump regaining further power: ““Death and destruction” – one of Trump’s most explicit calls to violence yet. Each time he escapes accountability, he goes on to commit worse and worse misconduct. To allow this man near the levers of power again would be nothing short of madness.”
As Schiff referenced, Trump still has a lot of support among Republicans as he angles once again for the party’s presidential nod. Ron DeSantis, the GOP governor of Florida, is more of a credible long-shot in the party’s primary than anywhere near a sure bet. As Trump threatens death, he still often leads DeSantis by double-digits in polling — and the governor hasn’t even announced a campaign, but he’s been widely discussed as a possible contender.
“Death and destruction” – one of Trump’s most explicit calls to violence yet.
Each time he escapes accountability, he goes on to commit worse and worse misconduct.
To allow this man near the levers of power again would be nothing short of madness. pic.twitter.com/ZvNj7X3Q1W
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 26, 2023