Trump and the NRA incite the fringe right—Happy July 4th!?

 

Dana Loesch an American conservative talk radio host and television host at TheBlaze stars in controversial new NRA commercial that many believe is a call to action for the heavily armed fringe right.

The NRA ad is aligned with Donald Trump’s “American Carnage” inauguration speech — uncompromising, outraged and gloomy.

The ad begins with Loesch’s voice painting a dire picture of the U.S. political climate and culture.

“They use their media to assassinate real news,” Loesch says scornfully. “They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again.”

The video has generated more than 6 million views, thousands of comments and shares — and lots of controversy.

One Facebook user commented under the post.

“I’m an old white guy and a life member, but this BS is disgusting,” “When you spew crap like this, you don’t speak for me anymore. I try to avoid doing things on the spur of the moment, but I’ll be thinking about canceling my membership.”

“Jeeeeesus … it almost looks like you’re encouraging violence against demonstrators,” another person wrote. “Just let the police do their jobs when or if protests get out of hand.”

Critics released a petition calling for Facebook to remove the video, which the petition refers to as “inflammatory.” “All we have to do is look at the increase in violence since the election to see how unchecked violent rhetoric has real life consequences,” the petition states. “Letting this disturbing video stay on Facebook would be extremely irresponsible and could very well lead to disastrous repercussions.”

“The video tries to create an ‘us-vs-them’ narrative and pit Americans against one another,” the petition adds. “It paints liberals as liars and as violent, unruly protesters who law-abiding gun owners need protection from.”

In the ad, Loesch accuses “their” ex-president of endorsing “the resistance,” a movement of demonstrators who “smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports — bully and terrorize the law-abiding.”

“The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country, and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth,” Loesch concludes. “I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.”

And then there’s Trump’s not so subtle call for physical attacks

CNN contributor Ana Navarro warned Sunday that Trump’s tweet was an incitement to violence, and she worried that the president’s supporters would eventually act on his encouragement.

“This is just going way too far,” the conservative commentator said. “The president of the United States is inciting violence against the free press. In America, we cannot stand for it.”

The reporter who revealed the “obviously racist” and antisemitic Reddit user who created the animated image of President Donald Trump body-slamming CNN has been deluged with death threats.

Jared Yates Sexton, a journalist who teaches writing and linguistics at Georgia Southern University, reported Sunday that the president had shared an internet meme created by a Reddit user called “HanAssholeSolo.”

That person made frequent racist and threatening posts on Reddit, including one earlier this month identifying Jewish employees of CNN.

Sexton tweeted Monday that he had gotten numerous threats — often accompanied by antisemitic and Nazi themes — since revealing the meme’s creator.

Jared Yates Sexton  ✔ @JYSexton

Yesterday I broke the news that the guy who made Trump’s CNN gif also created an antisemitic meme and was obviously racist. 2/

Jared Yates Sexton ✔ @JYSexton

In the wake of that, I received numerous threats. I was told people wanted to shoot, strangle me, hang me, throw me out of a helicopter 3/

“Now articles are showing up on Neo-Nazi websites, there are videos spliced with Goebbels telling me not to test his patience,” Sexton tweeted. “That one also has footage from Natural Born Killers of a journalist being executed by a shotgun. On forums, under my tweets, there’s a list of excerpts from newspaper articles about journalists being slaughtered, the details gory.”

Sexton said some people had accused him of making up the threats, followed by a threat of their own.

“This environment is the creation of the man in the White House,” Sexton said. “There are valid criticisms of the media, many on point, this isn’t that. When you start calling a group of people enemies of the country, this is what happens. When you call them scum, this happens.”

He laid some of the blame at the feet of InfoWars’ radio host Alex Jones, who tells his listeners the mainstream media are pedophiles and Satan worshippers.

“Everyone keeps bringing up the shooting in Virginia,” Sexton said. “In a way, they’re right. That’s what happens in this environment. This shouldn’t be a country where these violent instincts are cultivated and encouraged. We’re at a real tipping point right now.”

Jared Yates Sexton  ✔ @JYSexton

This shouldn’t be a country where these violent instincts are cultivated and encouraged. We’re at a real tipping point right now.

Jared Yates Sexton ✔ @JYSexton

But make no mistake, there’s something growing in this country, and it is very, very ugly.

A history of incitement

Last year on the campaign trail, Trump regularly encouraged violence at his rallies.

Documented instances of such incitement and outbreaks of violence throughout the campaign cycle including:

And that’s just a taste of what happened throughout 2016 at Trump rallies. As the year progressed, Trump’s encouragement to his violent supporters crossed several lines including:

 

The Guardian summed up Trump’s time on the campaign trail succinctly:

You can trace back the decline in our politics to a single campaign and a single candidate, who riled up his crowds to turn on the press and hurl abuse in their direction.

That’s the same candidate who longed for the days when he could punch protesters in the face. Sure enough, his supporters ended up punching people in the face.

Fortunately, the rule of law still endures in the courts, where a Kentucky judge recently denied the candidate’s claims that he was just exercising his rights to free speech and couldn’t be sued for inciting violence.

The candidate is of course now president of the United States, who calls the media “the enemy of the American people.”

 

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2 thoughts on “Trump and the NRA incite the fringe right—Happy July 4th!?

  1. Poor Right-Wing Snowflakes:

    We have this grand arsenal of pop stars and a “monolithic” left wing media to use against them and all they got to defend themselves with is the majority of the wealth of this nation and all of the Federal Government (plus somehow a rather hefty right wing media, go figure) to use against us tree hugging hippie traitors.

    The Tuluwat Examiner alone must be worth at least an Army Division. With air support.

    Yes, violence is the only means they have to deal with a bunch of liberals.

    Must be hard being them.

    Liked by 1 person

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