Reprinted from Wallwritings
How long, O Lord, must we suffer outbursts of dangerous rhetoric from Donald J. Trump? The latest example, this time in Wilmington, North Carolina, is reported in the New York Times:
The Republican nominee, reports the Times, "appeared to raise the possibility that gun rights supporters could take matters into their own hands if Hillary Clinton is elected president and appoints judges who favor stricter gun control measures to the bench."
The candidate then "warned that it would be 'a horrible day' if Mrs. Clinton were elected and got to appoint a tie-breaking Supreme Court justice."
"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks," Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: "Although the Second Amendment people -- maybe there is, I don't know."
Kayleigh McEnany, a surrogate for Trump, spoke with CNN with her "spin," saying her candidate was referencing the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Here is her "spin" and the clip of Trump's threat:
During the reign of England's King Henry II, in December 1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered.
A United Kingdom Learning site records that history this way:
"When Becket asked the pope to excommunicate the Archbishop of York who had taken sides with the king [Henry II], it was a very serious request and a very serious punishment for someone who could claim that he was only being loyal to the king.- Advertisement -
"Henry was furious when he found out what Becket had done. He is said to have shouted out 'will no-one rid me of this troublesome priest?'
"Four knights heard what Henry had shouted and took it to mean that the king wanted Becket dead. They rode to Canterbury to carry out the deed.
"The knights were Reginald FitzUrse, William de Tracey, Hugh de Morville and Richard le Breton. On December 29th 1170, they killed Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. After killing him, one of the knights said 'Let us away. He will rise no more.'"
History never repeats itself in precise ways. But history sends echoes through the centuries to remind us of consequences that flow from men of power speaking irresponsibly, carelessly and foolishly.