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Words Matter:It Isn't Complicated: Trump Encourages Violence

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Trump suggested last week that his political supporters might resort to violence if they didn’t get their way. This wasn’t the first time Trump had mused about violence. He has talked about “Second Amendment people” preventing the appointment of liberal judges. He’s encouraged police officers to bang suspects’ heads against car roofs. He has suggested his supporters “knock the hell” out of hecklers. At a rally before 2018 Election Day, he went on a similar riff about Bikers for Trump & the military. No, the US does not appear at risk of widespread political violence anytime soon. But Trump’s words are still corroding democracy and public safety. His latest incitement fit a historical pattern, and one with “scary echoes,” as Daniel Ziblatt says in “How Democracies Die,” said.'  But our situation is still worrisome. “Violent talk can, at minimum, encourage lone-wolf violence.'

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"It isn't very complicated: The man with the world's largest bully pulpit keeps encouraging violence and white nationalism. Lo and behold, white-nationalist violence is on the rise. You have to work pretty hard to persuade yourself that's just a big coincidence. "Drawing a direct line from the purveyors of hateful rhetoric to any specific hate crime is usually impossible. And it's usually a mistake to try. The motive for these crimes be it in New Zealand last week or Pittsburgh last year is typically a stew of mental illness, personal anger and mixed-up ideology. Trump doesn't deserve to be blamed for any specific crime. But he does deserve blame for the trend."

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