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Donald Trump Violence Quotes

Is Donald Trump a bully who condones, encourages and inspires violence? He may claim otherwise, but as the old saw goes, "the proof is in the pudding." For instance, Trump started wearing a bulletproof vest, according to New York magazine, after his political rallies started to get out of hand. And there are many YouTube videos that confirm extreme problems with violence at Trump campaign events. What was Trump's response? According to a TIME article on campaign violence: "For his part, Trump has upped his signature bravado in response to the clashes. While his campaign says it does not condone violence, Trump has said he'd like to punch protesters in the face and offered to pay the legal fees of supporters who did. His political rallies are frequently punctuated by his roar—'Get 'em out!'—when a dissenter starts chanting or raising a sign." Trump does not seem to believe in the constitutional rights of Americans to freedom of public assembly, free speech, and dissent. 



BREAKING NEWS: Trump told the U.N. that he is ready to "totally destroy" North Korea, a nation of 25 million souls! Trump also threatened Iran, Venezuela and Cuba. Whatever happened to "blessed are the peacemakers"?

At a rally in Cincinnati, Trump called his cabinet a collection of the "greatest killers you've ever seen." Only Trump could combine the words "greatest" and "killers" into the same sentence.

If you're a Christian who supports Trump, these facts should make you reconsider: American neo-Nazis who chant "Hail Trump!" just as their German predecessors once chanted "Heil Hitler!" are virulently anti-Jewish. The Charlottesville neo-Nazis were "obsessed" with Jews, according to reporters. On their antisemitic websites they posted calls to burn a local synagogue, the Congregation Beth Israel. They stationed men in fatigues with semi-automatic weapons across the street from the synagogue as Jews prayed inside. These neo-Nazis love Trump. They praise Trump. They worship Trump with cries of "Hail!" which echo the German "Heil!" AND THEY WANT TO BURN SYNAGOGUES TO THE GROUND. Trump did his best to defend the neo-Nazis by saying that both sides were to blame. That's like saying Jews would have been to blame if they had resisted what the Nazis did to them during the Holocaust. That's like saying that our heroic loved ones who fought and died in World War II to end the Nazi menace were "just as guilty" as Hitler and his goons. It is obviously not wrong to oppose Nazis. In WWII, around 70 million people died because of the Nazi brand of fascism. It would be either evil or foolish not to oppose Nazis wherever we find them. And that makes Trump either evil or very, very foolish, in my book. Most Americans claim to be Christians. Should Christians support someone who supports and defends Nazis? What would Jesus Christ have said about Trump? Surely we all know the answer.

Why is Trump supporting Nazis? Why is he expelling the DREAMers, after claiming to "love" them? Would you toss one child out on the streets, much less hundreds of thousands? What would Jesus do, if you claim to be a Christian?

Here is how Trump described Hurricane Harvey as it wreaked havoc on Texas: "... EPIC! ... HISTORIC! ... THE BIGGEST EVER! ..." Trump then explained that he announced his pardon of Joe Arpaio during the hurricane because "I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally." The man has no shame. He is tone deaf to how horrible he sounds. And who can doubt that while Texans try to recover from the loss of their houses, Trump will be talking about what a "dump" the White House is, and vacationing at his ritzy golf courses at the taxpayers' expense. Shouldn't those millions of dollars go to people in need, rather than a pampered billionaire?



BREAKING NEWS: Wow, just when you think Trump can't possibly get any worse, he does. He actually endorsed police "roughing up" people who have not been convicted of crimes! Here's what Trump told a large group of policemen during a speech at Suffolk County Community College: "When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, please don't be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody—don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?" Law officers around the country disavowed Trump's anti-American statements. In the United States, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Judges and juries hand out sentences after serious study and deliberations. An important goal is to keep innocent people from being beaten up and otherwise punished unjustly. Trump is not nearly as wise as the American founding fathers, who understood the need for justice over knee-jerk reflexes, which are often misguided. To understand why Trump is so very wrong, just imagine someone you know and love being arrested and beaten up when they were innocent of any crime!



How can anyone "Make America Great Again" by acting like a mafia don? Trump doesn't seem to understand anything about equal rights, democracy or the concept of "innocent until proven guilty." Police are not judges. Yes, if someone is resisting arrest, they have the right to use as much force as necessary to complete the arrest. But if the person being arrested is not resisting, the police should try to avoid hurting them, and to keep them from hurting themselves. It is up to a judge and/or jury to hear the case and decide what punishment, if any, is reasonable. But we shouldn't be surprised that Trump is clueless. He once paid for a full-page, very expensive ad in the New York Times, in which he called for the death penalty for black teenagers accused of rape. But DNA evidence eventually proved that they were innocent of the rape. What if Trump had gotten his way? Those innocent teenagers would be dead today! Furthermore, Trump is an incredible hypocrite because he admitted sexually assaulting women by groping their genitals without asking their permission! Trump was also accused of rape by a teenage girl who filed multiple cases against him. Should we assume that Trump is guilty, let the cops rough him up, then string him up to get him off the streets? If he deserves his day in court to plead his innocence, shouldn't everyone else have the same rights?

Top Ten Donald Trump Examples of Violence and Bullying

(10) Trump and his bodyguards were accused of using mob-like strong-arm tactics (breaking out the brass knuckles) against the Rolling Stones and Steel Wheels tour producer Michael Cohl, in 1989.
(9) Trump has denied protesters their constitutional rights to freedom of speech, assembly and dissent; at least three protesters have sued Trump after being manhandled and physically abused at his campaign events. Peaceful protestors have been threatened, verbally abused, spat on, pepper-sprayed, manhandled, beaten and kicked by Trump supporters. Slate has documented 20 different occurrences of violence at Trump events, and that doesn't include violence that occurred outside the venues in question.
(8) Trump campaign manager Roger Stone threatened the entire RNC by saying the Trump campaign would give out the names and phone numbers of delegates who switched from Trump to other candidates.
(7) Trump bullied a little old lady, Vera Coking, by attempting to use eminent domain to steal her house for a quarter of its value; fortunately she stood up to his bullying in court and was able to keep her house.
(6) Trump repeatedly bullies and insults the handicapped, women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Jews and Muslims. And for more than a decade, he tried to keep vets from street vending on ritzy Fifth Avenue.
(5) Trump was accused of rape by his first wife, Ivana, after he allegedly became enraged by a botched scalp reduction procedure performed by a doctor she had recommended.
(4) Trump seems anxious to start torturing people, as he stridently called for waterboarding and more extreme measures, even though experts have explained that torture is counter-productive for information gathering.
(3) Trump insisted multiple times that American soldiers must become mass murderers of women and children, by hunting down and "taking out" the families of terrorists for purposes of "retribution."
(2) Trump wants Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia (the later home to Osama bin Laden and most of the 9-11 attackers) to have nukes; but what happens if Saudi Arabia has a coup like the one in Turkey?
(1) Trump says that he won't rule out using nukes in Europe or attacking China militarily over trade disagreements. As president-elect he announced his intentions to escalate the nuclear arms race.

There is no greater threat of violence than nuclear weapons, which have the ability to make the earth uninhabitable not only for our children and grandchildren, but for innumerable animals as well. Ronald Reagan, the most admired conservative president in recent memory, was wise enough to understand that we need to deescalate, not escalate. So he worked out a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. And what is the point of spending hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons that can never be used without risking the destruction of the planet? Is that a good investment? Apparently, Trump think so.

Donald Trump seems to bring out the worst in everyone: both his supporters and the opposition. How can a politician so divisive help the United States come together?

Several protesters filed lawsuits against Trump after being physically abused at his rallies. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with assault (battery) for manhandling Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, leaving her shaken and bruised. Lewandowski initially denied that he had ever touched Ms. Fields, calling her "delusional" and an "attention seeker," but the event had been recorded on a surveillance tape and there were eyewitnesses, including professional reporters like Ben Terris of the Washington Post. Then Lewandowski was captured on video grabbing a protester by the shirt collar at a Trump rally in Arizona and yanking him backward, indicating a pattern of bullying behavior. But Trump seemed unconcerned, suggesting that in the first case the victim, Ms. Fields, was lying: "How do you know those bruises weren't there before?" Later, Trump said the reporter's pen could have been a "bomb" or a "knife." In the second case, Trump complimented Lewandowski's "spirit" and excused his behavior by saying he was trying to "take down those horrible, profanity-laced signs" even though a video of the incident clearly shows that the protester didn't have a sign. And how can Trump be concerned about "horrible profanity" when he uses highly offensive terms like "pussy" on the campaign trail? (Trump is the ultimate hypocrite, insisting that other people must be "fair" to him and treat him nicely, while he calls them every name in the book.) Lewandowski shrugged off the campaign violence by saying that Trump's supporters are "passionate" and "express" their passion "in different ways." Trump himself seemed to defend, or explain away, the brutal beating of a homeless Latino man by saying that his supporters are "very passionate" and "love this country." On this page you'll find violence-praising and violence-inspiring quotes by The Donald Himself, followed by accounts of people who have attended his rallies or have otherwise observed his abysmal behavior ...

This guy [Trump] is dangerously unhinged. And, for all the things people have said about me over the years, I should be able to spot Dangerously Unhinged.―Glenn Beck

Donald Trump talks about violence with obvious relish, even glee. "I’d like to punch him in the face," Trump said of one peaceful protester. About another, he said, "I’ll beat the crap out of you," adding, "Part of the problem ... is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore." Trump even said that he'd "love" to fight 74-year-old Joe Biden! "Some things in life you could really love doing!" Trump said, sounding giddy at the thought of pounding a septuagenarian to a pulp. But, as a comedian pointed out, Trump seems more like the guy who would sit and stroke a white cat, while someone else administered the beating.

Trump was rushed off the stage by Secret Service agents after a crowd of his supporters in Reno, Nevada attacked a peaceful protester, Austyn Crites. Crites told reporters the incident started when he raised a "Republicans Against Trump" sign. Crites said he was then assaulted by a group of Trump supporters: "All of a sudden, because they couldn't grab the sign, or whatever happened, bam, I get tackled by all these people who were just, like, kicking me and grabbing me in the crotch and just, just beating the crap out of me," Crites said, according to KTNV. "And somebody yells something about a gun, and so that's when things really got out of hand." Trump spokesperson Kellyanne "Wrongway" Conway tried to excuse the beating of Crites by claiming that he had been "planted" by Democrats. But Crites explained that he has been a Republican for six years and just doesn't want Trump to be elected president (like many other Republicans including all living former Republican presidents, none of whom have endorsed Trump). And even if Crites wasn't a Republican, there is no law against non-Republicans attending public political rallies. We don't hear about Republicans being evicted and beaten at Hillary Clinton's rallies, for instance. Only Trump regularly incites that kind of violence at political rallies.

On the last day before the election, with the presidency hanging in the balance, Trump was still focusing on getting revenge for past slights. He called Senator Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas," a racial slur. (Warren has mentioned having Native American blood.) Trump also called Warren a "terrible person," a "terrible human being" and a "terrible senator" who is hated by her colleagues. Trump has promised to create a Super PAC for the purpose of seeking vengeance on people who criticized or opposed him. Warren will presumably be one of his first targets. Around the same time, Hillary Clinton rallied a crowd of an estimated 33,000 supporters outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. She told the crowd that she deeply regrets how angry the tone of the campaign became, prompting someone to yell that it wasn’t her fault. Quite a contrast! But Trump was still sticking to his chauvinistic line that women like Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton cannot be president because they aren't perfect tens (in his opinion). Trump called Hillary Clinton "‘the face of failure" as election day neared. Does he ever look in the mirror, or are only women to be judged by their looks? Obviously with Trump it's the latter.

Trump said, “I love war, in a certain way” at a November 2015 rally, declaring that he knows “more about ISIS than the generals do” and also calling “the power, the devastation” of nuclear weapons “very important to me.” When asked what Trump meant by saying “I love war,” his spokesperson Kellyanne "Wrongway" Conway demurred to explain. But how can anyone explain a man who says that he loves war, who claims to know more about ISIS than all our generals combined, and who says that the power and devastation of nuclear weapons are "very important" to him? Trump has also called himself the most militant person on the planet. He recently said that he won't rule out using nukes in Europe, pointing out that it's a "big place." Does he mean that Europe is so big that a few nuclear explosions don't matter all that much? Trump even told Chris Matthews that he would use nukes in response to a terrorist attack, in the form of a question: "Somebody hits us within ISIS — you wouldn`t fight back with a nuke?" When Matthews protested, Trump asked him: "Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?" Trump cannot seem to grasp the idea that nukes are deterrents and cannot be used to retaliate to conventional attacks. On a related note, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough revealed that Trump, speaking with a foreign policy expert, repeatedly asked “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?” Trump defended his position by saying, "You want to be unpredictable." But the basis of the worldwide stalemate on nuclear weapons is the understanding that no one can use them without risking the destruction of much or most of the earth. There will be no victors in a nuclear war, only losers. Trump has also talked about allowing Japan, North Korea and Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia was home to most of the 9-11 conspirators and attackers. Is it wise to let Saudi Arabia acquire nukes? Turkey recently had a military coup. What if there was a coup in Saudi Arabia, and nukes fell into the hands of extremists? Trump's defense of letting other nations acquire nukes sounds like a protection racket: they either have to pay the United States for protection, or they should be allowed to develop nukes so the US can save money! Trump sounds like a crackpot on military matters, war and nukes.

Eric Trump recently said that former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke deserves "a bullet." I am certainly no David Duke fan, but he has freedom of speech like everyone else and as long as he's not breaking the law, no one should shoot him. If he does break the law, the authorities should attempt to arrest him without unnecessary violence. The Trump alpha males seem to lust for violence and see it as the solution to every problem. They talk like the Beverly Hillbillies gone over to the Dark Side of the Force.

Van Jones is one of my favorite political commentators. Here is what he said about Trump on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while discussing the lewd comments Trump made about groping women's genitals: "Well, look, this is a shocking kind of moment, I think for the country, but I want to say a couple things. First, this is the 'law and order' candidate. Let’s not forget, this is Mr. Law and Order who is now on tape confessing to a crime. He’s confessing to sexual assault. The problem isn’t the talk; the problem isn’t the bad word; the problem is the bad deeds. He’s saying he feels he has the right as a star to sexually assault women. Now, the irony here is this for me: this man came on to the scene politically in New York City by attacking five innocent black boys, by accusing them of what? — sexual assault. ... That’s right. He comes onto the scene. He says these five boys committed sexual assault. They were innocent. He never apologized. Then he said Mexican immigrants are rapists, sexual assaulters. But it turns out the real sexual assaulter, the Super Predator, is the man running for president. We have a Super Predator running for president; his name is Donald Trump. I want to challenge the media now, put up the pictures of those five young innocent black boys and Donald Trump and ask America who is the thug here? Who is the thug? It’s Donald Trump."

Donald Trump is an unabashed fan of brutal strongmen. Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has squashed dissent, allegedly had journalists murdered, and trampled international law and human rights, Trump lavished praise on Putin, saying: "I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A and our President is not doing so well." Speaking about Kim Jong Un, the dictator of North Korea who has been accused of starving his own people, Trump said: "If you look at North Korea, this guy, I mean, he’s like a maniac, OK? And you’ve got to give him credit. He goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss. It’s incredible! He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one!" In July, while musing about longtime Iraqi boss Saddam Hussein, Trump waxed longingly about dictatorial powers: "He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights — they didn’t talk, they were a terrorist, it was over." Trump has a history of thinking this way. In a 1990 Playboy interview, Trump even expressed his admiration for the Chinese Communist Party’s murderous crackdown on the Tiananmen Square student protest: "When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength."

Trump vastly overestimates his knowledge and competence when he claims: "I know more about ISIS than the generals do." But what does he "know"? Trump chillingly vowed that he would force American soldiers to kill terrorists’ families, which would make them serial murderers of women and children. When reporters suggested that American soldiers would not follow such evil orders, Trump claimed otherwise. "They won’t refuse," Trump pronounced. "They’re not gonna refuse me. Believe me."

Trump has described himself as "the most militaristic person there is," while flip-flopping between criticizing the war in Iraq and claiming that he would seize Iraq's oil — "an undertaking that would require a massive invasion and troop presence." Trump doesn't seem to realize that he can't do both: to take Iraq's oil, he would have to launch a much bigger ground invasion than the first one. To avoid another ground war, he would have to let Iraq keep its oil. Only in the bizarre imagination of Donald Trump can he magically control Iraq's oil without starting another unwinnable trillion-dollar war that results in more deaths and dismemberments of American soldiers.

One thing Trump appears to share with strongmen he admires like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un is a relish for torture. One can detect what appears to be a note of glee when Trump discusses bringing back waterboarding and things "a hell of a lot worse" than waterboarding. This is despite the fact that experts have repeatedly said that torture does not produce reliable information, and other forms of interrogation are more effective. But still Trump insists that the United States must do things that are "unthinkable." And he told a crowd of supporters in Clairsville, Ohio, "I like it a lot." That is like saying, "I like pulling fingernails a lot." No one should like inflicting pain on anyone else, even if it were necessary. But torture is not necessary because it is less effective than other types of interrogation. But Trump has insisted that he will bring back torture even if it doesn't work because "they deserve it anyway." However, Trump is not thinking about what happens to the young men and women who are forced to administer the most reprehensible forms of torture. If torture does no good, and it turns our sons and daughters into basket cases, who would keep doing it? Only a madman, which Trump appears to be.

In addition to inciting physical violence, Donald Trump engages in body-shaming, face-shaming, bullying and verbal abuse of women. For example, he called Alicia Machado, who became Miss Universe in 1996, an "Eating Machine" and "Miss Piggy" because she gained weight; he also called her "Miss Housecleaning," presumably because that is what Latinas are good for in his lily-white world. Trump has also called women "pigs," "dogs," "disgusting animals," "slobs," "bimbos," "gold diggers," "babies," "bitches" and other highly offensive names. He has a long history of such remarks. If this concerns you, there is more information at Donald Trump's War on Women.

NEWS FLASH: It turns out that Donald Trump has actually admitted that he sexually assaults women by grabbing and groping "pussy." The Washington Post has obtained and published a video in which Trump brags about grabbing "pussy," saying that he can do "anything" to women because he's famous. Ironically, he was bragging about grabbing bush to Billy Bush of Access Hollywood, on the set of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. For the full scoop, click on Donald Trump's War on Women. There you will find the accounts of scores of women who claim they were sexually assaulted by Trump, or suffered other offensive behavior by him. Several of the complainants were minors when Trump allegedly barged into their dressing rooms, then later bragged on the Howard Stern show that he got away with seeing beauty contestants naked because he owned the pageants!

Take a Tic Tac and grab them by the pussy is the closest thing to a "plan" Donald Trump has described this entire election!―Samantha Bee

Trump not only admits that he physically abuses women; he also "boasts about having poured a whole bottle of wine down Marie Brenner’s back after she wrote a story on him that he hated," in 1992. "Well, it wasn’t a bottle, actually—it was a glass," Brenner told The Daily Beast. "I didn’t even notice it was happening, because like everything with Donald, it was a stealth maneuver. It came from behind."

How does Trump think about women, really? "You have to treat 'em like shit," Trump told his friend Philip Johnson, according to New York magazine. "You'd make a good mafioso," Johnson replied. "One of the greatest," The Donald assured him.

BTW, it's amusing that Rudy Giuliani is now Trump's surrogate, defending him from accusations of sexual assault and other improprieties by scores of women, when in a 2000 "Mayor's Inner Circle" video, Giuliani in drag had his "breasts" schmoozed by The Donald, after which Giuliani slapped his face and called him a "dirty boy." Obviously, Giuliani was well aware of Trump's reputation for grabbing and groping women without bothering to ask for their permission! Trump's outrageous behavior seems to have been a running joke among alpha males in his circle. In 1993, fellow bad boy Howard Stern asked Trump directly: "So you treat women with respect?" Trump answered honestly: "No, I can’t say that either." And hundreds of chauvinistic public statements and tweets by Trump confirm that he doesn't treat women with respect, or minorities, or anyone that he considers "weak" or "overweight" or "unattractive."

Would Donald Trump create an American Holocaust by deporting 11 million people, including multitudes of completely innocent children and their mothers? Is Trump the second coming of Adolph Hitler? Yes, nicknames like Hair Hitler and Hair Furor are amusing, but are they also accurate, and perhaps prophetic?

Republicans sowed intolerance and in its shadow, Trump sprang up like toxic fungi.―Charles M. Blow

"I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win," Trump told supporters after the third and final presidential debate. So, according to Trump, the election will be "great" and "historic" only if he wins. What hidden message is he sending his supporters, if he loses? Is Trump suggesting that all bets are off, if he loses? Is this a call for more violence, since it seems obvious at this point that Trump will lose the election?

Trump was violent at a young age: in his book The Art of the Deal, he said that he gave his second grade music teacher a black eye and was almost expelled! When the music teacher, Charles Walker, was told that Trump was running for president, he said: "When that kid was 10, even then he was a little shit." A childhood friend said that the young Donald was known to throw erasers at teachers and birthday cake at playmates. In tapes made by Trump's biographer Michael D'Antonio, Trump described his "lust" for fighting in high school. Also, as I mentioned previously, Trump talked about how much he would "love" to fight 74-year-old Vice President Joe Biden. And according to Trump himself, he never grew up: "When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I'm basically the same," he told D'Antonio. "The temperament is not that different." Dennis Burnham, who was four years younger and lived around the corner from Donald, says: "Donald was known to be a bully, I was a little kid, and my parents didn’t want me beaten up." Once when she left Dennis in a playpen in a back yard adjoining the Trumps’ property, Martha Burnham returned to find Donald throwing rocks at her son. "She saw Donald standing at the fence," Dennis Burnham said, "using the playpen for target practice." Trump spent enough time in detention, Paul Onish said, that his buddies nicknamed the punishment "DTs" — short for "Donny Trump." Steve Nachtigall, who lived nearby, said he saw Trump and a friend jump off their bikes to beat up another boy. "It’s kind of like a little video snippet that remains in my brain because I think it was so unusual and terrifying at that age," recalled Nachtigall. "He was a loudmouth bully." When young Donald was caught with a collection of switchblades, his father had him shipped off to a military academy. There, he tried to push a fellow cadet through a second-story window, but was thwarted by two other students.

"Thanks to politicians like George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, we now have a duh-mock-racy."Michael R. Burch

Is Trump a fascist? That accusation has not only been made by his liberal opposition, but by leaders of his own party who have either called Trump a fascist, used the word "fascist" in relation to Trump's positions,.  or compared him to other fascist leaders. Such comments have been made by notable Republicans like Max Boot, Steve Deace, Jim Gilmore, Robert Kagan, John Noonan, Mac Stipanovich and Meg Whitman.

Is Violence Trump's Central Premise?

According to a recent article by Vann R. Newkirk II in The Atlantic, bigotry is Trump's "primary mode" and violence is his "central premise." Newkirk writes: "The central premise of a Trump presidency is violence, and the coercive threat of violence: building a wall and intimidating Mexico into paying for it, banning immigrants based on religion, expanding the country’s already-expansive deportation protocol, and punishing women for abortions. His rhetoric has been explicitly linked by prominent Republicans with tragedies such as the Charleston massacre. That the candidate himself regularly speaks threateningly about women and minorities and has prescribed violence at his own events are not facts ancillary to his candidacy, but core features of its appeal. A vote for Donald Trump is, among other things, a vote for a wide promulgation of violence."

And indeed this is exactly what we see at Trump's political rallies: visceral bigotry channeled into acts of overt violence. Trump and his supporters seem to relish both the bigotry and the violence. In fact, they seem rather gleeful, like terrible tykes frying grasshoppers with a magnifying lens after pulling their legs off so they can't hop away. Trump presents himself as a Hitler-like strongman who is ready, willing and able to make the fatherland "great again" by rounding up, deporting and banning "inferior" people. In Hitler's day the "inferior" people were Jews, Gypsies and Slavs. Trump's "inferiors" are Hispanics and Muslims, although all non-white immigrants are suspect. A judge who is a second-generation German-American like Trump can be trusted, while a judge who is a second-generation Mexican-American cannot. That is racism, pure and simple. Trump sounds like a Grand Wizard of the KKK, and the fact that he refused to immediately reject the endorsement of David Duke, a former Grand Wizard and the most notorious living KKK-er, says worlds about his mindset.

The Top Ten Donald Trump Violence Quotes

At a November 2015 rally, Donald Trump said that as he watched the Twin Towers come down, in Jersey City thousands of Muslims cheered the catastrophe: "There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations," he told the crowd. "They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down." But there is no evidence that any such "cheering" took place, and it certainly was not televised, meaning that Trump could not have seen the "cheering" on TV. Based on his fictitious beliefs about Muslims, referring to himself in the third person like royalty, he regally decreed: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

Trump has repeatedly talked about the virtues of punching and otherwise abusing protesters. At one rally he encouraged his supporters to "knock the crap" out of protesters. He offered to pay the legal fees of his supporters who attacked protesters. He expressed his personal desire to punch protesters, although one late night comedian observed that Trump seems more like the evil mastermind who would stroke a white cat while someone else did the punching.

Trump has repeatedly attacked women. For example: "Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression 'the weaker sex' was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye ... or perhaps another body part."

In June 2015, while announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump shocked people worldwide by making a statement about Mexican immigrants, a topic that has become a staple for Trump's campaign: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they're telling us what we're getting." Trump then proposed, essentially, a new American Holocaust, which would involve rounding up 11 million Hispanics and deporting them without due process, which would require huge internment/concentration camps like those of Nazi Germany.

Trump attacked American gays and their rights, using a golf metaphor: "It's like in golf. A lot of people―I don't want this to sound trivial―but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It's weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can't sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist."

During a July 2015 campaign event at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Donald Trump attacked Senator John McCain's reputation as a war hero, and all American POWs in the process: "He's not a war hero," Trump explained, shocking the event's moderator. "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." (Trump managed to avoid being captured during the Vietnam War by claiming to have "bone spurs" and thus avoiding the draft and military service.)

Trump has repeatedly attacked women, including Rosie O'Donnell, Bette Midler, Cher, Kristen Stewart, Megyn Kelly, Ariana Huffington, Carly Fiorina, Heidi Cruz, Elizabeth McGovern and Hillary Clinton.

Trump has said that he will not rule out using nukes in Europe, because he wants to be "unpredictable."

Trump has said that he will not rule out attacking China militarily, over trade disagreements.

Trump has said that as president and commander-in-chief of the the U.S. military he would require American soldiers to hunt down and "take out" the families of terrorists ... in other words, mass murdering women and children.

Is Donald Trump Contributing to Increasing Violence in the United States?

A new report published by Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding has documented an upsurge in violence against Muslims in the United States coinciding with the 2016 election campaign. The major uptick in hate crimes dates back toward the end of 2015, which corresponds with Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Trump's Violent Worldview Explained by his Biographer, Michael D'Antonio

Trump’s basic philosophy of living, instilled by his fiercely ambitious, workaholic father, enforced by the tough-as-nails coach at his military high school and honed over a lifetime of ruthless deal-making, is fairly simple and severe: Life is mainly combat; the law of the jungle rules; pretty much all that matters is winning or losing and rules are made to be broken. It is largely a materialistic worldview; even the brand of Christianity Trump was raised in was fairly materialistic, the product of pastor Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote: "Learn to pray big prayers. God will rate you according to the size of your prayers." Thus, for those of us who have followed Trump’s career from the start, the worldview he has trotted out to the public is no surprise. Some people seem shocked that he embraces torture without compunction; openly admires the suppression of freedom by Chinese and Russian dictators; and shows little grasp of ethics, governance or constitutionalism, as evidenced by his insistence that the U.S. openly engage in war crimes (by killing the families of terrorists). Or that he often seems ignorant of history and the economic benefits of free trade, dismissing the U.S. alliance and trading system that won the Cold War as "obsolete," calling regularly for punitive tariffs and insisting over and over again, "We never win anymore," as if trade were a zero-sum game (which it is not). Or that he relishes the idea that people at his rallies punch each other, suggesting that his supporters "knock the crap out of" any disrupters. But, as Trump's biographer, I can tell you these views fundamentally define the man. And if you’re looking—or perhaps hoping—for something more, you shouldn’t expect to find it. If you are seeking reassurance that the man who could be the next president of the United States possesses a coherent political philosophy or ethical foundation other than this rather pre-Enlightenment code of behavior—that he subscribes to the ideals of the Founders, or has studied and understood American democracy, human rights and our Constitutional system—you won’t get it. Rare if not unique in American politics, Trump’s views and provocations are consistent with his biography. Trump first became a public figure in the 1970s when, in response to charges of housing discrimination, his lawyer compared federal officials to the Gestapo. From this point on, Trump consistently showed he was willing to use threats, insults and deception not unlike the kinds of things he says about his political rivals today—if it meant getting what he wanted. His view of life resembled the Hobbesian nightmare of a "war of all against all" with little regard for the social contract that makes for peaceful communities and countries.

Does Donald Trump have a Personality Disorder?

Does Donald Trump have Grandiose Personality Disorder (GPD)? "Grandiose narcissists…know they are superior and will seek revenge or go into a vicious rage against those who don’t treat them with respect or dare to give them negative feedback. They may openly have multiple relationships/affairs and pride themselves on how many people see how wonderful they are. They can be very aggressive and dominance-seeking without empathy or remorse." According to Harvard professor and researcher Howard Gardner, Donald Trump is a "textbook" narcissist. In fact, he fits the profile so well that clinical psychologist George Simon told Vanity Fair, "He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops." According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder is "a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others."

Ultimate Violence: Donald Trump Threatens to Use Nukes and Start Wars

Asked more than once if he'd use nuclear weapons in Europe, Trump held firm: "I am not—I am not taking cards off the table," he responded.

Trump said that he'd allow Saudi Arabia to have nukes. Has he ever heard of a coup? Has he forgotten that Osama bin Laden was a Saudi, as were most of the 9-11 conspirators and attackers? Does he realize that Mecca is the holiest of cities to Muslims, and that many jihadists want to take control of Saudi Arabia and convert it to their militant version of Islam? Do we really want to risk having nukes in Saudi Arabia? President Obama responded to the Trump's comments about nuclear weapons: "The person who made the statements doesn't know much about foreign policy, or nuclear policy ... or the world generally." Trump responded to Obama and other critics of his nuclear weapons proposal by saying: "I know more about it than they do," adding, "I have business judgment." Perhaps, but does Trump have any military judgement or plain and simple common sense?

In an interview with The New York Times, Trump said that he would not rule out going to war with China in order to prove that he’s serious about trade negotiations: "I would use trade to negotiate. Would I go to war? Look, let me just tell you. There’s a question I wouldn’t want to answer. Because I don’t want to say I won’t or I will or – do you understand that, David?" he said, addressing Times reporter David Sanger. "That’s the problem with our country. A politician would say, ‘Oh I would never go to war,’ or they’d say, ‘Oh I would go to war.’ I don’t want to say what I’d do because, again, we need unpredictability."

Trump Bullies and Mocks the Handicapped

Trump came under fire in November 2015 for mocking a disabled newspaper reporter, Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition that affects the movement in his arms. Trump mimicked Kovaleski's hand and arm movements, in a way that suggested he is mentally retarded, which he is not.

More Donald Trump Quotes

"I have a great relationship with the blacks."
"The beauty of me is that I’m very rich."
"All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected."
"I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful."
"You know, it really doesn’t matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
"I’m a really smart guy."
"People say, ‘Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person.’ But actually I am."
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
"I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist."
"I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created."
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
"The point is, that you can never be too greedy."
"Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest, and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault."
"I feel a lot of people listen to what I have to say."
"Even if the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, I won’t lose a penny."
"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."
"Sadly, because president Obama has done such a poor job as president, you won’t see another black president for generations!"
"It’s Friday. How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster."
"The line of ‘Make America great again,’ the phrase, that was mine, I came up with it about a year ago, and I kept using it, and everybody’s now using it, they are all loving it. I don’t know. I guess I should copyright it."
"And did you notice that baby was crying through half of the speech and I didn’t get angry? Not once. Did you notice that? That baby was driving me crazy. I didn’t get angry once because I didn’t want to insult the parents for not taking the kid out of the room!"



Trump Insults and Bullies Women, His Political Rivals, and his Critics

"Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get five percent of the vote," according to The Donald. He also called her "such a nasty woman" during the third presidential debate.
Trump called Senator Elizabeth Warren, a highly-regarded legislator, a "goofus" and a "basket case" after she criticized him.
"If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?" This is a Trump tweet that he later had deleted.
"Look at that face!" Trump told a Rolling Stone reporter as Carly Fiorina appeared on TV. "Would anyone vote for that?"
"Can you imagine that, the face of our next next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
Trump called Rev. Faith Green Timmons a "nervous mess" after she asked him not to make a political speech in her church. 
"Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers."
Trump told Brande Roderick, a contestant on The Apprentice: "It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees." 
"My favorite part of Pulp Fiction is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: 'Bitch be cool.' I love those lines."
"Women: You have to treat 'em like shit!"
Trump told Howard Stern that he believed there was something "sick" about women that caused them to be attracted to men who treat them poorly [like shit].
Trump posted an attack video showing Hillary Clinton barking like a dog.
"I think Gloria [Allred] would be very very impressed with [my penis]!"
"You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
"Oftentimes when I was sleeping with one of the top women in the world I would say to myself, thinking about me as a boy from Queens, 'Can you believe what I am getting?'"
Trump spoke often of Princess Diana, saying he would have bedded her "without hesitation" because "She had the height, she had the beauty, she had the skin. She was crazy, but these are minor details."
"Why do people think it’s egotistical of you to say you could’ve gotten with Lady Di?" Howard Stern asked. "You could’ve gotten her, right? You could’ve nailed her." Trump agreed: "I think I could have."
"@MichelleMalkin would be nothing without being on the ‪@seanhannity show. I don’t see what Sean sees in her — loser!"
Here is another Trump message to Malkin: "You were born stupid!"
Trump called Khloe Kardashian a "fat piglet" and "the ugly Kardashian" when she appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2009.

Here are some of the potty words employed by Donald Trump to describe women, his rivals and his critics: pussy, bimbo, gold digger, ugly, grotesque, "real killers," "brain dead puppets," crude, rude, obnoxious, strident, dumb, fat, "fat pigs," slobs, disgraceful, disgusting, "disgusting animals," "unattractive both inside and out," dogs, "sweating like a dog," "face of a dog," "cheated like a dog," "barking like a dog," sleaze, sleazy, sleazebag, scum, perv, nasty, slime, slimy, sick, pathetic, unstable, "totally unstable individual," pathological, deviant, "basket case," "mental problem," choker, lightweight, "lightweight choker," "choke artist," "nervous wreck," weak, "weak as a baby," weakest, "little boy," "no chance," overrated, loser, "total loser," "total disaster," "low energy," liar, crazy, "lies like crazy," "the biggest liar I've ever seen," "the single biggest liar I've ever come across," dishonest, "very dishonest," moron, dope, dopey, fool, "jealous fool," "very foolish," worthless, stiff, "total stiff," "major inferiority complex," "truly weird," "spoiled brat," "without a properly functioning brain," "got schlonged," zero, thugs, "a total Bush-y" and so on.

Trump was Accused of Rape by his Wife

Donald Trump was accused of rape by his first wife, Ivana Trump. It seems she had recommended the doctor who performed the scalp reduction surgery that resulted in his highly unusual hairline, and Trump became enraged. In a deposition in her divorce case, she said that he forced her to have sex and that she felt that she had been raped and violated. Trump has also been accused of bullying and insulting a number of women, including Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, Rosie O'Donnell, Bette Midler, Cher, Kristen Stewart, and a female lawyer who requested a break to pump breast milk for her baby. Trump has used terms like "fat pigs," "dogs," "disgusting animals" and "bimbos" to describe women. 

Trump Bullies Disabled Vets

Donald Trump avoided military service in the Vietnam War by claiming to have "bone spurs." But these mysterious "bone spurs" didn't prevent him from playing sports in high school and college. After apparently dodging the draft, Trump said that a real military hero, John McCain was only a hero because he was captured. Trump then insulted every American POW by saying that he prefers soldiers who don't get captured. Even worse, Trump sells expensive baubles on ritzy Fifth Avenue, while rousting and trying to ban disabled vets who risked life and limb to defend their country. Here is a letter Trump wrote in 1991 letter to John Dearie, the chairman of the state assembly’s Committee on Cities, in an attempt to keep vets from street vending on Fifth Avenue: "Do we allow Fifth Ave., one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?" Michael Daly of the Daily Beast reports that Trump was "still at it in 2004" when he wrote a letter to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg pleading for him to ban the veterans’ street stalls: "Whether they are veterans or not, they [the vendors] should not be allowed to sell on this most important and prestigious shopping street," Trump declared. "The image of New York City will suffer … I hope you can stop this very deplorable situation before it is too late." The New York Legislature had originally accorded a special vendor’s license to disabled veterans in the aftermath of the Civil War, so they have as much right to sell merchandise on Fifth Avenue as Trump. For him to claim that it was "very deplorable" for disabled veterans to sell their wares, while he was allowed to sell his, smacks of wild hypocrisy, especially when he avoided military service with those mysterious "bone spurs."

Trump Bullies Little Old Ladies

"If there was ever an example of a caddish play, it was Trump’s persecution of five-foot-three-inch-tall Atlantic City widow, Vera Coking. In 1961, Coking bought a modest three-story house on Columbia Place in Atlantic City a short walk off the boardwalk. She raised her children in that house. She made a life in that house. For 25 years, Vera Coking lived in that house while Atlantic City began its transformation into a Jersey-style version of Vegas, complete with mega casinos and their billionaire owners." Donald Trump wanted to buy her house, in order to use it for limousine parking for one of his casinos. He offered Coking $250,000 or a quarter of what she had been offered a few years before. Trump threatened to use eminent domain to force her to sell her house for a fraction of what it was worth. But fortunately Trump doesn't always win and a New Jersey court found in Coking's favor. Coking, according to the New York Daily News, called Trump a "maggot, a cockroach, and a crumb" for his behavior in the ordeal. Vera Coking "faced down the Donald’s bullying and lived to tell the tale."

Trump Intends to Bully Nations

If he becomes president of the United States, he has made it clear: Donald Trump intends to bully nations the way he has bullied so many individuals. Trump will bully Mexico into paying for his border wall. Trump will bully China into paying enormous tariffs. Trump will bully Middle Eastern nations into doing his bidding. Trump will even bully our allies into paying "protection money" to the United States, making him a sort of Mafia mob boss.

Trump's Mob Boss Strong-Arm Tactics


Donald Trump has suggested there will be "riots" by his supporters in Cleveland if he doesn't win the nomination. One of his campaign advisers, Roger Stone, has threatened to give out the hotel phone numbers of delegates who switch from Trump to other candidates. Presumably, the delegates will be harassed and threatened by Trump supporters. Will some of them get mugged as well, like protesters at Trump rallies? Stone has also threatened "days of rage" if things don't go Trump's way.

If it sounds too crazy to be true, Donald Trump has used extreme strong-arm tactics before. For instance, there was the time the Rolling Stones fired Trump and insisted that he leave his own building before they performed. This was back in 1989, when the Stones' Steel Wheels Tour was about to broadcast a multi-million-dollar pay-per-view event at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. According to Michael Cohl, the tour's promoter, Trump was acting like a diva and trying to make himself the center of attention, when he had promised not to appear at the concert. In his frustration, Keith Richard pulled out a knife, slammed it on a table, and demanded that someone fire Trump, or he would do it himself. Cohl then insisted that Trump and Marla Maples leave the building, which sent Trump into a rage. Cohl has vividly described how three Trump "shtarkers" (muscle-bound goons) started to put on brass knuckles and gloves in a crystal-clear act of intimidation. But Cohl was immediately rescued by 40 roadies armed with "tire irons, hockey sticks and screwdrivers." Trump and his henchmen quickly decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and beat a hasty retreat. Cohl later described it as the night he "fired" Trump. But who will stand up to Trump and his henchmen at the convention?

Donald Trump Quotes Encouraging and Condoning Physical Violence

Trump insists that American soldiers should kill women and children: "We're fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to take out their families."

When asked to explain this inexplicable position, which would make American soldiers mass murderers of women and children, and guilty of war crimes, Trump explained that murdering the widows and orphans of terrorists is necessary for purposes of "retribution." Donald Trump seems like a very sick puppy to me.

Donald Trump is a Fan of Torture and Seems Very Eager to get Started

"The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight." [Our soldiers have not been "afraid to fight."]
Trump has repeatedly gushed about the wonders of waterboarding. "I think it's great but I don't think we go far enough!" [Great, really?]
"Waterboarding would be fine. If they can expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding," Trump said on NBC's Today program.
"I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." [Thumbscrews? The Rack?]
"Don't tell me it doesn't work. Torture works, OK folks? I think we should go much stronger than waterboarding, that's the way I feel."  [The real experts say torture doesn't work and is actually counter-productive.]
"Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn't work." [Trump is calling the experts "stupid," as usual for him.]
"And if it doesn't work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us." [What about the people who turn out to be innocent of any crime? Did they "deserve" it?]
But then, as he so often does, Trump contradicted himself: "Though the effectiveness of many of these methods may be in dispute, nothing should be taken off the table when American lives are at stake."

Where does Trump get his military and intelligence advice? When asked where he gets such advice, Trump answered: "I watch the shows." But to my knowledge, no military or intelligence expert has advocated Trump's extreme positions. I think Trump was more honest when he said that he listens to himself because he's "smart." But perhaps he only thinks he's smart, just as he delusionally thinks he's "good looking" and his hands are "big."

What other more extreme forms of torture is Trump so anxious to bring back? The CIA's discontinued ​"enhanced interrogation" program employed sleep deprivation, waterboarding, sexual humiliation, mock executions, threats to kill the children of prisoners, and other harsh techniques. It turned out that some of the people tortured were not terrorists, had done nothing wrong, and had no information to give. And torture doesn't work, as Ryan Cooper pointed out: "In fact, torture is absolute garbage for intelligence work. This fact is firmly established; look no further than Darius Rejali's massive book on torture, which is the last word on the subject."

Points to Ponder: Trump has made it abundantly clear that as president he would go far beyond waterboarding. He sounds anxious to get started, just as he sounded anxious to "take out" widows and orphans. He seems like a sick puppy to me. Should our soldiers rape and behead people, because ISIS does such things? Or should we hold ourselves to a higher standard? At the end of World War II, German soldiers would retreat from the Russian front to surrender to Americans because they knew Americans would not torture them. Do we want to sacrifice our nation's honor and reputation because of the fear and cowardice of someone like Donald John Trump? Trump has called senior members of our military and intelligence services "stupid" because they have pointed out that torture does not produce reliable information. People being tortured will say anything to make the torture stop. A 2014 inquiry conducted by the Senate found "enhanced interrogation techniques" like waterboarding to be brutal and ineffective. Trump's "stupid people" include FBI interrogation expert Ali Soufan and Jennifer Bryson, who was an interrogator at Guantanamo Bay. Bryson said: "Torture is antithetical to effective intelligence collection. Torture is not just ineffective; it is counter-effective." She went on to explain that torture results in false information being provided to stop the pain, whereas gaining honest information requires the interrogator to appeal to the humanity of the person being questioned, and build a rapport. John McCain, who spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and was tortured, giving him first-hand experience, sternly criticized Trump and Cruz for their campaign rhetoric: "It is clear to me that this practice, which is a simulated execution by drowning, amounts to torture as a reasonable person would define it." One huge problem with Trump and Cruz is that their oversized egos leave them unable to see and understand their own limitations. Carpet bombing is evil, a war crime, and bad military strategy. Torture is evil, a war crime and counter-productive. They should listen to the experts, but they only listen to themselves. Trump is a real estate salesman. Cruz is a lawyer. They have no business being commander-in-chief of our military and intelligence services.

Bashing Protesters

After a Trump supporter sucker-punched protester Rakeem Jones and threatened to "kill him" next time, Trump said: "He obviously loves this country and maybe he doesn't like seeing what's happening to the country."
Trump told a Cedar Rapids crowd to "... knock the crap out of 'em, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise."
During a protest in Warren, Michigan, Trump said of a protester: "Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do I'll defend you in court."
"Are Trump rallies the most fun?" he then asked the Warren crowd, as if violence is humorous entertainment. "We're having a good time."
At a New Hampshire rally where a protester was "taken out" by the audience, Trump gleefully said: "It was really amazing to watch."
During a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump said: "In the good old days, this doesn't happen, because they used to treat them very, very rough. We've become very weak."
After a Trump supporter punched and choked a protester at a rally in Birmingham, Trump said: "maybe he deserved to get roughed up."
In Las Vegas, Trump was not happy to see a protester being escorted away peacefully: "The guards are being very gentle with him," Trump said. "I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you that."
"We're not allowed to punch back any more," Trump lamented in Las Vegas. But a security guard denied that the protester had thrown any punches, saying Trump was "over-exaggerating."
Trump continued his tirade: "I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that in a place like this? They'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks."
So peaceful protesters should end up in the emergency room, according to the Wisdom of Trump.
Trump condoned violence at his campaign events by claiming "the protesters are bad dudes." But many of the protestors were not violent. One was ejected for wearing a "Love is the Answer" t-shirt, for Chrissakes.
"Sometimes we talk a little bit tough," Trump said. "When I see somebody out swinging his fists, I say, ‘Get 'em the hell out of here.' We're a little rough."
Taunting demonstrators at a rally in St. Louis, Trump said insultingly: "Go home and get a job. Go home to mommy."
"The wall will go up and Mexico will start behaving."
"Our great African American President hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!"
"Laziness is a trait in the blacks. ... Black guys counting my money! I hate it."
At a November 2015 rally, Trump said that "thousands" of Muslims cheered the destruction of the Twin Towers: "They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down." But the claim was obviously bogus. It didn't happen.
Donald Trump's slogan "Make America great again" seems to be white supremacist code for "Make American white again."
The "golden age" that Trump wants to return to is the "good old days" when whites ruled and people with darker skin obeyed and were afraid.

Actual Physical Violence at Donald Trump Political Events

"Listen to the crowd. There’s no violence. It’s a media fabrication," Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told People magazine. He calls his rallies "love fests." But the facts say otherwise ...
A 15-year-old girl was groped at a Trump rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. When she protested, she was maced by another audience member. The crowd taunted her and cheered her attackers.
The n-word is often heard at Trump rallies, along with racist terms like "nigger lover."
Protesters have been physically manhandled and dragged out of Trump rallies while Trump cheered on the manhandlers.
Protesters have had their hair pulled by Trump supporters.
Protesters have been sucker-punched by Trump supporters.
An AP photographer was choked by a Trump security guard.
Reporter Michelle Fields was manhandled and bruised by Trump's campaign manager, who was latter arrested for battery.
Trump told security to eject a Burlington protester and to confiscate the heckler’s coat, sending him into the Vermont winter without protection: "You know it’s about ten degrees below zero outside," he gleefully enthused.
At a University of Central Florida rally, Trump appeared barely able to contain his glee at the violence that ensued. "It’s sort of exciting, isn’t it? Sort of exciting!" Trump said as a protester was removed. "Aren’t Trump rallies the greatest?"

Paul Wertheimer, a crowd control specialist called the "marshal of the mosh pit" by The Washington Post, said the power to control the crowd ultimately lies with Trump. "This is no different than if he were a rock star on stage," Wertheimer said. "You can whip up the mosh pit or you can calm it down. He’s holding the mic. He’s in control." Wertheimer said the way Trump encourages the crowd concerns him. "In crowd management, the idea is to get individuals in a crowd to work together for the common good, but when you split the crowd up and you divide it, into a confrontational situation you have dangerous moments and a chance things will spin out of control and people will be injured," he said. "What is troubling to me is that Mr. Trump seems to enjoy it and seems to encourage it and to manipulate the crowd into situations that are beyond his control. If he doesn’t become more cautious, it’s going to be beyond his control to manage. "It’s not a board of directors that he’s used to dealing with," Wertheimer added.

Donald Trump Excuses and Condones Acts of Violence

Donald Trump excuses and condones acts of violence by saying that his followers have "tremendous love and passion for the country." He says they "have anger that's unbelievable," as if that somehow explains violence. He claims they "love this country" and says their "great love for the country" is "a beautiful thing in many respects." But millions of other Americans manage to love their country without beating up people with different political views.

In August 2015, two Boston men were arrested for beating a homeless Latino man with a metal pole. One of them told police, "Donald Trump was right — all these illegals need to be deported." When Trump was asked about what happened at a New Hampshire press conference, he initially said that he didn't know anything about the incident — then remarked: "I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate. I will say that, and everybody here has reported it."

Nazi brownshirts were very passionate about the Fatherland, and they frequently beat up Jews and other minorities in the throes of their passions. Today we think about such things with a sense of horror. So we should be horrified that Donald Trump and his supporters feel free to vent their passions on other people, in the form of physical abuse.

Is Donald Trump Using the Threat of Violence to Hold the GOP Hostage?

Trump recently said that a contested GOP convention could be a disaster if he goes to Cleveland and doesn't leave as the party's nominee. "I think you'd have riots," Trump said on CNN. Noting that he's "representing many millions of people," he told Chris Cuomo: "If you disenfranchise those people, and you say, ‘I'm sorry, you're 100 votes short'… I think you'd have problems like you've never seen before. I think bad things would happen." Is Trump making a thinly veiled suggestion that the GOP had better nominate him, or else? Could this even be a suggestion to his supporters? With Trump, anything seems possible.

Is Talking and Acting Crazy the Secret of Trump's Success?

According to a national Economist/YouGov poll, when asked the main reason for Donald Trump's success with voters, by far the most popular answer (39% to 50%) was that Trump is not politically correct. According to Trump himself, not being politically correct allows him to say racist, sexist and intolerant things. One of the things he says repeatedly is that people who disagree with him are "sad" and "terrible" and should be thrown out, punched, and otherwise manhandled. Is this tinhorn strongman act the main source of his success with his "base"?

Witness Accounts

There's a history of demagogues calling those they disagree with "terrorists" and using that as justification for intimidation and violence – and that history is ugly and dangerous. There's also a history of people staying quiet for too long, hoping for the best but watching silently as the threat metastasizes. Donald Trump is a bigger, uglier threat every day that goes by – and it's time for decent people everywhere – Republican, Democrat, Independent – to say No More Donald. There's no virtue in silence. ― Elizabeth Warren

Trump always surrounds himself w thugs. Tonight thug Corey Lewandowski tried to pull my gf @MichelleFields to ground when she asked tough q  ― Daily Caller senior editor Jaime Weinstein. Weinstein is the boyfriend of Michelle Fields, who is a reporter for Breitbart News. Corey Lewandowski is Donald Trump's campaign manager. According to reports, Fields was trying to ask Trump a question when Lewandowski manhandled her and nearly dragged her to the ground "like a rag doll." She emerged from the violent encounter shaken, sporting a noticeable purple bruise. Whatever happened to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of dissent?

It's obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter. What Michelle has told us directly is that someone ‘grabbed her arm' and while she did not see who it was, Ben Terris of The Washington Post told her that it was Corey Lewandowski. If that's the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology. ― Larry Solov, CEO and president of Breitbart News

According to a Daily Beast report, Lewandowski's explanation was that he and Fields had never met before and that he didn't recognize her as a Breitbart reporter, instead mistaking her for an adversarial member of the mainstream media. So apparently the Trump campaign thinks it is permissible to manhandle reporters as long as they're not "friendlies."

What did Donald Trump have to say about the assault on Michelle Fields? He chose to blame the victim, saying: "Perhaps she made the story up. I think that's what happened." Lewandowski took a similar approach, calling Fields an "attention seeker" on Twitter and implying that she made the whole thing up.

Six media professionals associated with Breitbart News have jumped ship over the Fields affair, and sources at the company told Politico that more staffers are planning to resign. According to Politico, "The bulk of them have fired off searing resignation notes, chastising the company for its lack of support for reporter Michelle Fields, who has filed a police complaint against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and venting about the site's pro-Trump bent." Those resigning include Breitbart national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel, who wrote: "Breitbart News is no longer a journalistic enterprise, but instead, in my opinion, something resembling an unaffiliated media Super PAC for the Trump campaign. I signed my contract to work as a journalist, not as a member of the Donald J. Trump for President media network." Also resigning was former editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, who wrote: ""In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew's mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump's personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News' Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump's bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle." Also resigning was Shapiro's father, David Shapiro. The first person to jump ship was the site's spokesperson, Kurt Bardella. Michelle Fields has also resigned.

TIME photographer Chris Morris was placed in a choke-hold and slammed onto a table during a rally in Virginia, after he attempted to step outside of the press pen to photograph some protesters. The Department of Homeland Security inspector general is currently investigating the incident.  


Here are Jordan Ray Correll's comments about his experience at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina:
 
"So, if you know me or my friend, Seth Quackenboss, then you know that we often get ourselves into ridiculously wacky situations, especially when we're together. Yesterday was one of those days. We decided to drive down to Fayetteville in order to hear a certain orange politician speak. Yes, you guessed it. We went to a Donald Trump rally.
 
Now, I am not a supporter of Mr. Trump in any way, shape, or form. I'm quite inclined to a certain berning sensation that I've been experiencing for some time. But that's beside the point. The point is, we thought that we were in for a time of jokes and hilarity. And at the beginning, it was. There were a few speakers before Trump came out and they were not well organized at all. They were comical. One man, a veteran, said that he had shed blood on 7 continents. And unless I missed the great Antarctica War, I highly doubt that's true. Let it be known for the record, that I am not against veterans in any way shape or form. I just thought that particular comment was funny. Because I doubt he actually wounded someone in Antarctica. But a more plausible explanation would be that he was doing penguin research and accidentally pricked a penguin and it bled. Anyway…
 
One speaker also said that we needed to get rid of 911 calls and we all need to handle our problems ourselves. Well...that's highly unlikely. I can't imagine that people will start forgoing 911 calls when their house in burning down in order to try and extinguish the fire themselves. But, ya know, it's a nice thought.
 
So those were my laughable moments. Trump was about to come out. We had our signs ready. We were going to go all out. Yelling and screaming and whatnot.  Because, why else were we there if not to join the spectacle? He comes out. People go crazy. For the first twenty to thirty minutes I sat there with high expectations of hilarity. After half an hour, my feelings turned extremely grim. I was scared and upset. Let me explain...
 
Trump basically said the same few things the whole time. He knows exactly what will get a cheer from the crowd and he says it. He mentioned his wall several times. About five or six if I can remember correctly. At one point he said "We're going to build a wall. And who's going to pay for it?" And the crowd yelled, "Mexico!" and then they lost their minds. Now, we all know exactly why this is stupid. So I won't elaborate. It was just very unsettling. He mentioned ISIS several times. About ten. But not exactly how to stop ISIS. Just comments like, "We're gonna get ISIS," and "ISIS is going down." Blanket statements. He did say that for America to win again (any sort of winning, not just against ISIS) we have to go outside of the law and he isn't afraid to do it. And that's unsettling for several reasons. But I'm just reporting the facts. And that was all he said on policy. Completely void of content or substance. Just statements that would get the crowd cheering.
Now, let's talk about the protesters. There were many. I think throughout the hour long rally, there were roughly 15-20 groups of protesters. Some of them were individuals and some were in groups. They popped up throughout the rally here and there. And some of them were yelling and causing a raucous but some of them were just standing there with their anti-Trump shirts or their pro-whoever else shirts. They were all removed. Peaceful or violent.
One man had a shirt that said "Love is the answer," and he was thrown out. Trump's comment on this man was, "And love is very important but I mean, who's making love to that guy?" And my stomach churned. A few minutes later, a woman stood up not far from where the other man was and starting protesting. She was removed. Trump's comment was, "She was with the other guy. They're actually a couple. A *clears throat* beautiful *gagging noises* couple." And the crowd laughed and cheered. It was horrifying.
 
But out of everything I saw, the crowd was the worst part. I have never seen more hateful people in my life. Everyone was just filled with so much hatred. If a protester had a sign, even the peaceful ones, they would take the sign from them, rip it up, and throw it back at the protesters. Whenever a protester would get removed, the crowd would yell horrible things. Once, after a protester was removed, Trump said, "Where are these people coming from? Who are they?" A lady, sitting not 5 feet from me, said, "Well hopefully when you're president, you'll get rid of em all!" Get rid of them? Get rid of anyone who opposes Trump? It was sickening. I felt truly nauseous. And these people loved the protesters. They loved the drama and the chaos. And Trump fed upon it. It was easily one of the strangest and uncomfortable things I've ever witnessed. I could just hear the horrible things being spoken around me and it made my skin crawl.
 
Needless to say, there was very little laughter on my part. I thought this was going to be joke...and it was, but for a very different reason.
I implore you, if you're thinking about voting for Trump, reconsider. You are only promoting chaos and hatred. I witnessed it firsthand. And trust me, this is not something you want to see in person. This is not what you want to happen to our country."

My firsthand experience at a Trump rally
by Armando 

We've all seen the images of Trump rallies on television. How could we not, given the cable news networks deciding to be All Trump! All The Time! But last Sunday I had a chance to attend a Trump rally in Boca Raton, and decided to go take an in-person look.
 
First, I needed to request a "ticket" to the rally. Not surprisingly, the process is basically an email collection scam. Anyway, I signed up for my ticket and headed to the rally on Sunday.
 
I arrived early and found that many others had done so as well—including protesters. The protesters were shunted off to a "protest zone" a good distance from the entrance to the rally. Nonetheless, many persons wandered over, including a group of counterprotesters.
 
There was a lot of chanting and shouting between the protesters and counterprotesters, but there was a legion of police officers who made sure no one came near each other. Physical altercations were not going to happen, thankfully.
 
However, there was also a concerted effort by the authorities to keep any protesters outside of the event, even when they had tickets for the rally. There would be no Chicagos in Boca Raton.
 
Clearly the police decided they would prefer to be criticized for a heavy hand in keeping potential combatants apart than to have any incidents of violence.
 
I decided to wander into the event to get my first glimpse of a Trump rally crowd. I'm not sure what my expectations were as I went in, but I certainly expected an overwhelmingly white crowd. In fairness, that's certainly not unique to Donald Trump in Republican circles. Every GOP rally will be overwhelmingly white. But I guess I was wondering about the "working-class whites" line the media has been trumpeting.
 
But before I reached the venue, I ran the gauntlet of the (ahem, "self-funded") Trump campaign's concessionaires selling Trump stuff.
 
I'm not exactly sure how campaign finance disclosures handle these types of things. Can someone buy 10,000 Trump hats, buttons, or shirts?
 
In any event, they were selling a lot of these at the event. Unless Trump is just pocketing his share of these sales, this obviously isn't "self funding." Rather, this is a way of funding the campaign. Worth taking a look at, FEC.
 
After passing the hawkers I then had to go through security, which was quite "vigilant," to put it kindly. It was thorough and the process moved slowly.
 
But I finally got in and immediately needed to put on sunglasses—yes, it was very, very white. Blindingly white. While there were a few African Americans and other minorities, they were few and far between. It was an older crowd, which is the norm in Florida.
 
The event was scheduled for 7 PM and I walked into the venue around 6:15 PM or so. It was already a sizable crowd but about half full—probably around 2,500 people at that hour, but the crowd was growing.
 
Around 6:30 PM, the blaring music was lowered and a speaker was announced and took the stage. She was a woman who tragically lost her son in a heinous murder. She told her moving story about how her son left for school in the morning but did not show up for his after-school job. She was frantic and called the police, who discovered that her son had been brutally murdered and mutilated.
 
Finally she revealed that the killer of her son was an "illegal immigrant" and the crowd exploded. The anger at the fact the murderer was an "illegal immigrant" was almost stronger than the fact the woman's son had been murdered. She expressly blamed Marco Rubio for the death of her son. It was rough, and the crowd was angry. Any protesters revealing themselves right then would have been at great risk.
 
But it was a moment that revealed what the Trump movement is all about: Hating non-white people, especially immigrants.
 
The energy was high following the grieving mother's speech and the next speaker was a Jeff Sessions policy guy (Sessions endorsed Trump) who just laid into Marco Rubio and all things immigrant. A protester emerged then and luckily for her, was escorted out of the venue without being physically attacked by the crowd.
 
But then a funny thing happened. Trump was late. Very late. And they had no more speakers lined up, so they played the same playlist over and over again. I think I heard the same songs in the same order at least three times. Boredom and impatience were setting in.
 
Finally, around 7:45 PM, an announcement told us "Trump Force One" (I'm not kidding, that's what he said) has landed! And Trump would be there in a few minutes. Well, about 20 minutes later, Trump's arriving helicopter buzzed the crowd and maybe 15 minutes after that, the man himself came out.
 
His entrance was Las Vegas fight night. All it needed was Michael Buffer. And the crowd was by then huge—probably 6,000 people. (Trump, of course, said it was 15,000.) And the crowd was excited—but not as excited as they were when the immigrant hate was being ginned up.
 
Trump came out and gave his usual spiel: Polls, his plutocratic friends, terrible deals. His great stuff. How great he is. He was a little light on immigrant hate, and made a big point of taking credit for avoiding trouble in Chicago. Personally, I thought he didn't fully have his crowd. They wanted the red meat. They wanted the hate. Indeed, it was the crowd that brought up Trump's Wall, with a spontaneous and loud chant of "BUILD THE WALL!"
 
Trump took their cue and talked about his big beautiful wall that Mexico will pay for, but then turned back to the issue of how great he is. The crowd agreed, but seemed to want more hate from Trump.
 
I left before the end after seeing enough to be able to say what the Trump movement is—at least at this rally. The Trump movement is older white people that hate immigrants and other non-whites.
 
In other words, it is the Republican Party. It is the Republican Party discarding the dog whistle. It is the Republican Party's id. It is what they've long wanted the Republican Party to say, loudly and proudly.
 
It is what the Republican Party has built, especially during the Obama era.
 
Yes, they built that.
 
And what they built has to be defeated.
 
That's also what this election is about.

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