Donald Trump’s criminal defense attorney Rudy Giuliani recently asserted in an interview that Trump’s supporters will revolt if Trump is impeached and removed from office, in what sounded like a thinly veiled call to violence. Now Trump himself is taking a cue from Rudy’s playbook, but he’s doing it much more blatantly, and he seems to have gotten the narrative backwards.
Trump held a private meeting with conservative extremist evangelical leaders yesterday, in the hope of shoring up their support for the Republican Party in the November elections. Trump warned them that if the other side wins, “they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence.” Wait, what?
Donald Trump is now making the argument that if anti-Trump politicians take control of Congress in November, the anti-Trump side will then somehow turn to violence. This couldn’t make any less sense if he tried. Does Trump think that if Chuck Schumer becomes Senate Majority Leader in November, he’s going to respond by driving a bulldozer through the White House? Just how many rocks are there in this guy’s head?
It sounds like Donald Trump heard Rudy Giuliani’s talking point about the Trump side turning violent if the Democrats win, and then did his classic projectionist thing where he applies it to the other side. In any case, the “President” of the United States is now insisting, without any evidence or logic, that there’s going to be violence against the people on his side if the other side wins the November election. That alone is reason enough to impeach and remove him, on the grounds of mental defect.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report