Donald Trump rejects the idea that his rhetoric has contributed to the occurrences of violence. However, according to a new report by ABC News, the President’s name was invoked in a total of thirty-six cases of violence, threats, and assault.
Twenty-nine of those cases invoked Trump’s name and/or rhetoric in a favorable light. They expressed either support for or gave a positive reference to Donald Trump. Offenders in nine cases “hailed” Trump either during the act or immediately following the act. The violence includes murder, threats against elected officials, and assaults that included racist, xenophobic or homophobic rants. The remaining offenders referenced opposition to Trump.
The El Paso shooter invoked Trump’s name stating that, while his anti-immigrant views pre-dated Donald Trump, he viewed Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose…”.
“The 36 cases identified by ABC News are remarkable in that a link to the president is captured in court documents and police statements, under the penalty of perjury or contempt.”ABC News Report
Trump’s Word Choice
The President can claim his words unite as much as he wants. It is clear to any objective viewer that this is not the case. Donald Trump rose to power using incendiary language that mobilized a small but extremely vocal base in the Republican Party. His language and style are intentional and, arguably, calculated for the exact purposes of fueling his base.
The real question is whether the President, despite his obviously false claims of unifying language, will ever be held responsible for using the power of the Presidency to inspire violence across the nation.