At what point did we become desensitized to death threats against a former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State? For whatever reason, it has become something of a rite of passage to make these deplorable statements, and now it is commonplace for the rest of us to shrug our shoulders and move on to the next big news item for the day.
It is bad enough that the republican nominee has called for Clinton to be put in jail, to be taken care of by second amendment people, and that she lacks the stamina to do her job. This attitude has become pervasive, made even worse by the fact there is no basis in truth for it.
The secret service did at least have a conversation with Trump after he said:
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump said. “But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we’re tied.” (Source)
That seemed to open the floodgates for everyone else. Here is a list of recent comments made that are downright deplorable.
Trump adviser and regular rally speaker Al Baldasaro was investigated by the Secret Service this summer after saying in an interview, “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
An effigy depicting Hillary Clinton with a noose around her neck dangled above the crowd cheering on a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina.
A speaker warming up the crowd for Donald Trump at a campaign rally Sunday morning fantasized about the deaths of Hillary Clinton and a senior aide. Conservative commentator Wayne Allyn Root, describing his fantasy of a made-for-TV movie about Clinton and aide Huma Abedin, said, “We all get our wish. The ending is like ‘Thelma and Louise.” In the 1991 film, the title characters drive over a cliff to their death. (Source)
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.” (Source)
State Rep. John Bennett, a Sallisaw Republican seeking re-election next week, appeared to call for the execution of Hillary Clinton in a recent Facebook post.
Bennett wrote, “2 words … firing squad,” in a Tuesday night post that included a link to a conservative blog criticizing Clinton for the 2012 deaths of American officials in Benghazi.
Wisconsin hosted Nebraska in Madison on Saturday night. In the stands at Camp Randall Stadium, one fan dressed in a Donald Trump mask, and that fan’s companion dressed in two masks: one for Hillary Clinton, one for President Obama. The fan in the Trump mask appears to have depicted himself lynching his partner in the Obama and Clinton masks. (Source)
The North Carolina Republican, Richard Burr, locked in a tight race for reelection, quipped that as he walked into a gun shop “nothing made me feel better” than seeing a magazine about rifles “with a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it.” “I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn’t have a bullseye on it,” he said Saturday to GOP volunteers, prompting laughter from the crowd in Mooresville, North Carolina. “But on the bottom right (of the magazine), it had everybody for federal office in this particular state that they should vote for. So let me assure you, there’s an army of support out there right now for our candidates.” (Source)
Republican Michael Folk, who represents Berkeley County in West Virginia’s House of Delegates, tweeted Clinton “should be tried for treason, murder and crimes against the U.S. Constitution … then hung on the Mall in Washington, DC.” (Source)
An Ohio pol, Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers, has apologized for saying at a public meeting that Hillary Clinton should be “hanging from a tree” for what he believes were acts of treason committed by the presumptive Democratic nominee. (Source)
This is what conservative media, conspiracy theories, Donald Trump, misogyny, and plain old stupidity have given us – death threats towards a presidential candidate from other politicians. They should be ashamed of themselves.