Fast forward to 2022, and the twice-impeached vulgarian issued what any reasonable person would consider death threats against Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the weekend. Trump accused McConnell, known as the “Ripper” of the Senate, of being identified as an obstacle to “passing all these trillions of dollars that Democrats support.” For this and other acts of lack of loyalty, Trump wrote that McConnell “has a DEATH WISH” and advised him to “immediately seek help and advice from his China-loving wife, Coco Chow.”

I predicted on Twitter that instead of condemning Trump, Republicans would line up and call for insults on both themselves and their husbands. Senator Rick Scott on CNN defended Trump, saying, “He’s calling people names.

Over the past month, Trump has publicly embraced QAnon — which the FBI calls a domestic terrorism threat that has radicalized some people who have committed violence in the belief that liberals are part of a global Satan-worshipping child-trafficking ring. At least, Senator Scott added, “I do not condone violence and I hope no one else does either.”

Except, of course, that he understands Trump’s violent rhetoric with his own silent complicity. A Georgia congressman spoke at a recent Trump rally and lightheartedly goaded the crowd, falsely saying, “Democrats want Republicans dead. Greene’s blatant lie coincided with a scathing New York Times op-ed about a rise in violent political speeches and threats against members of Congress – who endured beatings, intimidation and armed visitors. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or a member of the House was killed,” said Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, who added, “What started as violent phone calls are now turning into active threats of violence and actual violence.

Unsurprisingly, the three members of Congress who received the most threats are the three women most often targeted by Trump, according to a report by the Times: Reps. If they wanted to kill Pence, imagine what they would do to McConnell and his wife. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the March on Rome that cemented Mussolini’s fascist rule in Italy, we should remember that he could not have done it without the help of his violent Brownshirts.

Journalists and journalists — some of Trump’s favorite targets — have reported an increase in harassment and intimidation over the past seven years, coinciding with Trump and the right-wing media calling them “fake news” and “enemies of the state.” During a Jan. 6 hearing, former Georgia election workers Shaye Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, tearfully testified that Trump’s targeting of them resulted in death threats and coercion.

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