Throughout the Trump administration, Democrats have been endorsing violence as a political tactic. Tom Elliott, founder and editor of Grabien, cites examples of the toxic atmosphere oozing from the DNC.
- Cory Booker urged people to answer a “call to action” to protest at the Capitol. “Please, get up in the face of some congresspeople.” (2018)
- Rep. Ted Lieu of California said on MSNBC that if Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, there would be “widespread civil unrest” as people would “take to the streets.” (2018) Lieu also said people “should take to the streets” if Trump fired Mueller (which he didn’t).
- Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper echoed Lieu: if Trump fired Mueller, it would “set off a firestorm not only on the Hill but also in the streets.”
- Hillary Clinton (failed Democratic presidential candidate) said civility was only an option if the Democrats controlled the legislative branch. “You can’t be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for and what you care for.” (2018)
- Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder encouraged a group of “liberal activists,” to fight back, a sentiment that was met with applause and laughter.“Michelle [Obama] always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them.”
- Joaquin Castro If the president declared a national emergency about a government shutdown, Democrats would “fight[Trump] and challenge him in every way that we can in the Congress, in the courts, and in the streets and protests.” (2019)
- Maxine Waters, shortly after claiming “God is on our side,” urged activists to physically confront the Trump administration in public places, saying, “You get out and create a crowd. You push back on them. You tell them they are not welcomed anymore or anywhere.” Waters continued on MSMBC, “Be more forceful, more confrontational, and more prepared to push back on this administration.”
- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about politics, “When you’re in the arena, you have to be ready to take a punch, and you have to be ready to throw a punch … for the children.”
- Jon Tester of Montana took it one step further: “I think you need to go back and punch him in the face. I mean, the truth is, this guy is bad for this country.”
- Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) last March at the doors of the Supreme Court threatened Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch by name to pro-abortion protesters: “You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you …”
(Jon Davidson @ the Federalist)