Republican cowards need to disavow Trump
“If she gets to pick her judges — there’s nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
That’s right. Donald Trump suggested shooting Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s call for violence against Sec. Clinton is unacceptable. Combined with his recent claims that the election is rigged and a Clinton victory would be illegitimate, his attacks on a Muslim family whose son was killed in the line of duty in Iraq, and his encouragement of the Russian government to spy on the U.S., we have reached a dangerous new point in this campaign.
In the past, some Republicans have denounced Trump’s language. This is no longer enough – Republican leaders need to stop supporting his campaign of hate and withdraw their endorsements.
Tell Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker of the House Ryan: Withdraw your support of Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Trump’s repeated demonization of Sec. Clinton, combined with his regular incitement of violence, poses a real danger, and requires the immediate denunciation of his candidacy by Republican politicians. Trump has tried, as he always does, to walk his comments back, but they will be heard by extremists who may feel encouraged, empowered and emboldened by him to act. In fact, Trump is giving them a powerful kind of permission to take their concerns about a Clinton presidency to a violent extreme.1
When anti-abortion extremists and Republican politicians demonize and dehumanize abortion providers, they are complicit in the murder of doctors and the bombing of clinics. This is the same type of dangerous game Trump is playing – and it isn’t the first time his campaign has resorted to violent rhetoric. Trump has frequently encouraged supporters at rallies to respond to protesters with violence, previously joked about shooting someone on the street in New York, and one of his staff suggested that Sec. Clinton should be "put in the firing line and shot."2 It’s appalling that cowardly Republicans are still standing with him.
While Sec. Clinton is the latest target of Trump’s dangerous dog whistling, she’s not the only one. Trump has relentlessly attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son was killed in Iraq and who directly challenged Trump’s anti-Muslim hate in a speech at the Democratic National Convention. In June, Trump launched racist attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel because of his Mexican heritage. Those recent examples add to a long litany of ugly, racist, xenophobic remarks from the Republican nominee that have already corresponded with an increase in hate crimes against Muslims. As his candidacy puts more and more Americans at risk, it’s time for Republican leaders to stop supporting Trump.
The leaders of the Republican party have been pandering to their party’s extremist, racist base and legitimizing a politics of hate and violence by denouncing Trump’s rhetoric while endorsing his candidacy. It’s now clear that supporting a Trump presidency means standing with a dangerous demagogue who is undermining our democracy. It’s time for Republican politicians to withdraw their support for Trump.
Tell Republican party leaders: Show that your party is not a party of hate and violence by withdrawing your support of Donald Trump.
Thanks for taking a stand against hate today.
- David Cohen, "Trump's Assassination Dog Whistle Was Even Scarier Than You Think," Rolling Stone, 8/9/2016.
- Andrew Kaczynski, “Trump Vets Adviser: Clinton “Should Be Put In The Firing Line And Shot For Treason”,” Buzzfeed, 7/20/2016.