Expert labels increased Right Wing attacks as “scripted violence” inspired by Donald Trump.

By |2018-11-16T09:09:16-08:00November 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |9 Comments

Courtesy of WaPo:

The question of whether Trump’s rhetoric is inspiring acts of political violence now echoes nationally. Acts of violence in Florida and in Pittsburgh in the run-up to the midterm elections have already been inextricably linked to Trump’s hyperbolic language.

According to Chip Berlet, an expert on the populist right, the phenomenon we’re watching unfold is known to sociologists as “scripted violence.” “If a very popular leader who is high up — it doesn’t matter if it’s political or a political or a movement leader — basically alleges that some group of people is conspiring against the common good, and they harp on that for a long time, it’s only a matter of time before people get killed,” he recently explained.

There’s a long history of this kind of violence, dating from well before the Holocaust and continuing well into recent decades and even the present. In 1990s Rwanda, for example, thousands were massacred when radio talkers targeted communities for lethal violence as part of a tribal/ethnic cleansing campaign. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte’s state-condoned death squads follow his cues to target alleged “drug users” for execution, leading to thousands of deaths. Trump has tacitly endorsed the tactic.

His rhetoric at home is part of the same violence for which he is writing the scripts.

“Trump clearly isn’t going to tamp this situation down, and he will likely escalate his anti-immigrant and extremist rhetoric as we move toward 2020,” says Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. “Since the GOP is becoming a bastion of older, white males who are angry, that’s the base they will be moving to turn out. This just follows a trend of more than a decade of increasing numbers of terror plots from the far right. And, at least at this point, it doesn’t seem the feds have a real strategy here, so they will likely be behind the eight ball on these issues as well.”

I would suggest that the evidence to support what this Chip Berlet said is all but overwhelming. 

We have seen an uptick in violence in all three years since Trump first announced his candidacy, and there does not seem to be any signs that it will diminish any time soon.

At every opportunity, Trump is seen pouring gasoline on the embers burning in the hearts of his supporters and the result is verbal abuse, angry all capitalized emails to journalists, and actual violent groups roaming the streets looking for victims. 

Gavin McInnes is surrounded by supporters after speaking at a rally Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, CA. (AP File Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

What’s more is that it seems clear Trump not only realizes what he is doing but that the violent responses to his words are what he both wants and what he expects. 

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  1. Marthe November 17, 2018 at 2:42 am

    I fear that the violence seen so far is nothing compared to the widespread violence Trump will unleash when he feels cornered by the revelations in the Mueller report and he whips his supporters into a frenzy with conspiracy theories.

  2. Kangura November 17, 2018 at 7:42 am

    “Many perpetrators who confessed before and during Gacaca courts have spoken of “wiping out the cockroaches”–evidence that the process of dehumanisation had been successful.”

  3. CA November 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

    “We’re talking about border wall, we’re talking about quite a big sum of money, about $5 billion,”
    “This would be a very good time to do a shutdown. I don’t think it’s going to be necessary, because I think the Democrats will come to their senses, and if they don’t come to their senses, we will continue to win elections.”
    According to The Hill, GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said earlier this week, “It’s not a good idea to shut down the government, period.”
    A decent president would understand that threatening a government shutdown just before boarding a plane to visit a wildfire zone probably isn’t the best lOOk.

    • DH November 17, 2018 at 10:41 am

      FB>”The California fire devastation is worse than we thought. Over 60 dead,1000 missing, tent cities have formed. Here’s an idea: take the military resources currently languishing at the Mexico border waiting to “block” 7,000 Central Americans and re-deploy to assist over 50,000 fire refugees in California.”

  4. Beaglemom November 17, 2018 at 9:49 am

    As Don the Con leaves to visit survivors of California’s wildfires, he’s again blaming the state for “poor management” of mostly national forests. Not only were these fires not caused by trees in the national forests but Don the Con himself cancelled a 2013 order for more fire-fighting aircraft. Fortunately, Dianne Feinstein had the order reinstated or placed a new one but it remains to be seen if Don the Con will let the moneys go through for it. Californians certainly pay enough in federal taxes to have the equipment they need to fight these blazes. I hope he gets a really “frosty” shoulder when he gets to California and if he tosses any rolls of paper towels, I hope they get tossed back at him. I also hope that the GOP voters in the areas which the fires have devastated have learned not to trust their political party.

    • Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 10:57 am

      What is he taking to give to the victims, bottled water?

  5. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 10:54 am

    ““I just want everybody to know I am sincerely sorry,” Derlunas said. “I opened my mouth and it was so wrong, and I know that now. In the moment, it was just my frustration. I don’t know what I was thinking. I am so ashamed. My heart goes out to all those that I ruined their night, to everybody that was affected by my stupidity.”

    Derlunas told WBAL that he rarely drinks but had consumed several alcoholic beverages before his outburst.”

  6. OK November 17, 2018 at 10:57 am
  7. Anon November 17, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    The chit show started with T bags during President Obama’s 8yrs. And now it is T rump chit show. Face it there are lousy classless hateful bullies that have gone under the radar. Flooding the country with assault weapons and declaring it normal is a big mistake. Time to arrest the thugs and force a civil society.

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