In a rally today, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump basically called for the assassination of Hillary Clinton.
The usual suspects will say he was "joking". They already are.
But, since when was joking about political violence part of American politics? Since when is suggesting, even in a tangential manner, the assassination of your political opponent normal?
My snark has left me. I am stupefied. I knew Trump would continue to say incredible things. But I didn't think even he would stoop to calling for political violence. And this "context" doesn't make it any better:
This is not merely a man who can't be allowed near the nuclear codes; this is a man who cannot be allowed any role in our public space. He doesn't believe in democracy. He believes in the kind of dictatorships which have darkened human history.
The media cannot be silent. A line has been crossed. Violence at this level of political discourse is anathema to the functioning of a healthy society.
The GOP also cannot ignore this latest irruption. Their standard bearer AT THE MINIMUM called for an insurrection once Hillary Clinton is elected. This is truly a time for a gut check.
We must defeat him and all who stand with him. They must be defeated so severely that their like will never rise again. This country has many problems which need to be solved. It's not a perfect country. But what Trump represents is something we've never been.
This is your partially open thread.