“Donald Trump might astound Americans on a routine basis, but we must draw a red line between political speech and suggestions of violence. Responsible, stable individuals won’t take Trump’s rhetoric to its literal end, but his words may provide a magnet for those seeking infamy. They may provide inspiration or permission for those bent on bloodshed."
This was former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who barely survived a shooting by a crazed detractor. This was her warning Trump threatens violence in August of 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in North Carolina, issued a thinly-veiled "order" to his minions to use guns against his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, when he warned that Clinton, should she become President, would nominate Supreme Court Justices that his followers might not like. "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump said before adding: "Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know," prompting a visit by the Secret Service to have a chat with him.
Trump has called the press the "enemy of the people" and continued to do so immediately after the mass murder of journalists in an Annapolis, Maryland newsroom. He has encouraged his followers to beat up and maim citizens protesting him. They have largely complied at his rallies.
Today, a Florida man, a fierce supporter of Trump, has been arrested after bombs were sent to the 14 top media and political critics of the president.
Trump is responsible for these attempted assassinations. The MAGAbomber, Cesar Sayoc, was doing what he believed his leader instructed him to do.
This is chillingly similar to what Charles Manson did. Manson ordered killings Manson, the leader of a cult, believed in an impending apocalyptic race war. Manson's "family" committed mass murder in compliance with his orders. The judge determined that this was the same as Manson himself committing the murders.
Trump must also be held accountable for the assassination attempts committed on his behalf and as a result of his repeated, accelerated drumbeat of demands, requests, threats, praise of, and suggestions of violence against his detractors.
Trump owns this.