Trump encourages violence against CNN reporters

Donald Trump today posted a tweet encouraging and promoting violence against CNN reporters.

This comes on the heels of Trump spokesperson Sarah Huckabee claiming falsely that Trump has never called for violence.

In fact, Trump repeatedly called for violence during the presidential campaign, and was routinely criticized for it.

It also comes on the heels of Trump’s misogynist tweets about “Morning Joe” cohost Mike Brzezinski, that were so mean and sexist it has led many to question Trump’s mental health.

Mashable has a mash up of Trump’s repeated calls for violence:

And just this morning, Trump joked to his 30 million followers about beating up CNN reporters, when we are already in a climate where reporters are routinely threatened.

A CNN reporter tweeted me this morning, concerned that I was mischaracterizing Trump, and that my story is part of the “outrage machine.” In fact, CNN’s PR dept. responded to Trump’s post by quoting Sarah Huckabee’s lie about Trump never promoting violence. Their clear point: Trump just promoted and encouraged violence against CNN reporters. And that’s exactly what I wrote. I just don’t see a qualitative difference between “calls for” and “encourages or promotes.”

ABC’s Martha Raddatz said this morning that the tweet “seems like a threat.” Raddatz continued, “you don’t think that’s a threat to anyone, you don’t think that’s sending a message ‘do that to the media, do that to CNN’?”

The Washington Post agrees:

And even uber-conservative former congressman Joe Walsh was appalled:

Trump is making this appeal for his supporters to assault reporters only weeks after a nut tried to assassinate members of Congress playing softball. It’s also interesting to note that Trump’s family and staff expressed outrage over Kathy Griffin’s inappropriate joke about beheading Trump. (We didn’t hear many reporters claiming the outrage against Griffin was overblown. And for the record, I was just as tough on Kathy Griffin.) And then Trump himself calls for reporters to be beaten.

This is the man leading the effort to repeal Obamacare. This is the man who has chosen to decimate pre-existing condition protections and Medicaid. If you want to know whether you should trust the health care bill the Republicans are working on, you need not look any farther than the man who is in charge of the entire Obamacare repeal effort.

If you don’t think Donald Trump is capable of legislative violence against millions of Americans, you haven’t been watching.

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