Yesterday, pipe bombs were sent to Hilary and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, CNN, Eric Holder, and George Soros, as well as there being mailed attacks on Rep. Maxine Waters and the Los Angeles Times. Today another was sent to Robert DeNiro. There have been eight such attacks. That we know about, thus far.
And Trump's first response -- as president of the United States, who swore an oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution -- was to say absolutely nothing on his own, but simply to quote, to "re-tweet" his subordinate, Vice-President Mike Pence and than just add "I agree wholeheartedly!"
That was the best he could offer -- three words repeating someone else -- for inciting terrorists to send bombs to Democratic politicians and the news media, who he himself had pathetically attacked as "enemies." He not only is irresponsibly fascist, he's a small-handed coward.
And make no mistake, these are terrorist attacks. And they were fascist, in support of Trump who only the other day lauded a Republican congressman for having physically attacked a reporter, and violence against one's opposition is one of the core foundations of fascism.
But let's take a step back and look at that "tweet" that Mike Pence had sent which Trump quoted and "wholeheartedly agreed" with it. In it, Pence tweeted that he "condemns" the "attempted attacks".
This doesn't even come anywhere close to being good enough. Pence's boss has incited ALL these fascist acts of terrorism, and Pence has been silent through it. When he accepts responsibility and doesn't merely "condemn" others, then maybe we can start talking.
But it's even worse. Because -- hold on there. "Attempted attacks"??!! Attempted? NO, these were actual, real attacks. They SENT the pipe bombs. They didn't just attempt to, but it fizzled out and the bombs didn't get in the mail. The pipe bombs were sent. Why on earth would a leader sworn to protect his country downplay these terrorist ATTACKS?? That they didn't succeed doesn't make them less fascist. And his Boss incited them.
But this being Trump, it of course gets even far worse. That's because today, the so-called president sent out another tweet and...and...and actually blame media for causing themselves to be attacked. He "tweeted" --
“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” Trump tweeted. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”
Trump incites fascist terrorist bombers in the U.S. He ACTUALLY puts us all at risk.
And let's be very clear about this. These aren't just pipe bombs being sent, these are terrorist attacks. And not a single word about that from Trump. Instead, he blames the media.
And this on the same day of the story that he's using an unsecured phone that the Chinese and Russians listen to! Where they determine who he's talking to put pressure on or try to compromise, and can pick up any high security or secret information he passes along -- which we know he does, since we know he did so in the Oval Office when bragging to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.
He ACTUALLY puts us all at risk.
To be very clear about all of this -- Trump ACTUALLY puts us ALL at risk.
And "ALL" means just that, "ALL," since we have no idea what retaliation could come from this by some crazed nut attacking anyone on the other side of the aisle.
And this is just Trump Basics. We haven't even gotten into being compromised by Russia and conspiring with them.
DONALD J. TRUMP -- very specifically, very clearly -- ACTUALLY puts us ALL at risk.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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