During a speech in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump encouraged supporters at a rally to assassinate Hillary Clinton. I can’t believe I’m still actually writing about this guy. (Sigh.)
Not that Trump is a fan of knowing laws or abiding by them, but his threat is actually illegal according to US Code Section 879. It’s illegal for multiple reasons:
1. By law you can’t threaten a former First Lady and
2. You can’t threaten someone running for office of President or
3. Someone under protection of the Secret Service.
So Trumps words, by definition are literally a triple-threat.
However, it is a law that is hard to enforce as you most prove that the person threatened is in actual danger. And usually by the time a threat is proven the person is already dead or injured. The only legal case similar to this is a Ku Klux Klan member vs. the State of Ohio. (Yes, you read that right, the only legal precent for this foolish behavior was set by a KKK member, not a person running for office.)
You may be thinking “Just because Trump said it, doesn’t mean he expects someone to actually do it!” But I disagree. Trump rallies are known for fostering violence and at a previous rally in North Carolina, a senior citizen punched a man in the face, as he was walking with police. During a speech, Trump asked Russia to hack Clinton’s e-mails, and they did! So asking a rowdy crowd in North Carolina, where 41% of the population owns guns, to shoot a liberal and hope they will do it isn’t so far fetched.
And if you don’t think a candidate’s words cause harm, talk to Arizona congresswoman Gabby Gifford who was shot after Sarah Palin literally put Gifford in her crosshairs, and asked someone to shoot Gifford by saying “Don’t Retreat, Instead – Reload!” And to make sure this message was fully heard she posted it on twitter, Facebook and a website devoted to the issue.
And this was her actual map:
Trump’s history of encouraging violence and civil unrest isn’t just troubling for Hillary and the future of America, but it also wastes a lot of tax payer’s money. When he empowers haters, he forces cities to beef up their security, paying more cops for overtime. And when he slings threats at someone under protection of Secret Service, it creates a situation where our government is either paying Secret Service staff more overtime or adding additional employees to her security detail. And of course there is also the busy person whose job it is to sigh loudly then have to post things like this:
Translation: “We got it people, okay? Trump has been soliciting people to kill Hillary for months! We know! Now quit calling me and making me stay until after 6:30 at night working over time. It’s dinner time. I’m hangry!”
This same US government twitter account reports that 3,000 employees worked “around the clock” at DNC and RNC conventions to ensure public safety.
That 3,000 number doesn’t include the 1,500+ cops, National Guard, Riot armor, armored trucks or the bomb diffusing robot. $50 million devoted to security for RNC, $43 million devoted to DNC. And if you’re wondering who pays for all this, the answer is everyone.
Of course, Trump has never been concerned with wasting other people’s money, which is one of many reasons him even being considered as a Presidential candidate is deeply disconcerting. According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump’s campaign has left a lot of cities footing the bill for security, a cost that has been much higher than other candidates in the current campaign and higher than previous presidential campaigns because Trump rallies are more violent.
His camp naturally asserts that Trump was “just joking” about killing Hillary. If his speech was actually a call to arms to kill Clinton, then it is illegal. If he was indeed joking about violence against women, then it’s a sick, disturbing joke. Either way it is poor judgement. If you don’t understand why joking about murdering a women isn’t funny, check out this fact:
There’s a war on women and it’s not a laughing matter. Most sane people wouldn’t joke about the death of American troops either, but Trump already used that punchline.
So far, Trump’s campaign platform is that he is FOR misogyny, violence against minorities, women, babies, people with disabilities and really anyone who gets in his path. And he is AGAINST education.
If the Republican party supports a candidate whose only solution to any problem is violence, what does that say about the Republican party in general? We elect officials so they can implement and enforce laws. Isn’t the whole point of a President to prevent civil unrest, not encourage it? A Presidential candidate should be vowing to stop violence against American citizens, not instigating it.
According to the constitution, one of the duties of the President is to”take care that our laws are faithfully executed.” Those are our forefather’s delicate words, not mine. And a President is supposed to enforce even the laws that he or she disagrees with. So how can Republicans even consider a candidate who already disagrees with and disregards laws in a highly pubic manner. I’m sure everyone at some point has broken a law, but to boldly and unapologetically break laws while running for an office to enforce laws is idiotic.
Laws Trump has broken recently:
Federal Election Commission prohibits soliciting foreign investors for political campaigns. And in Trump’s case, it wasn’t an “oops, he moved the UK, I didn’t realize my letter got forwarded.” No, the Trump campaign sent letters to every MP (Member of Parliament) in Australia, the UK and Iceland.
Asking Russia to hack Hillary – Although not technically considered treason (and treason is rarely prosecuted, only a handful of people have ever been convicted of it in the US), it does violate Federal Election Commission’s policy, same one as above, as Russia contributed to the campaign by donating information, because Trump asked them to…
The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.
And all these illegal activities that aren’t surprising considering that Trump has been sued 3,500+ times.
Like Trump, I’ve strayed way off topic. How far off topic can a Presidential election go? I’m sure the 2016 Presidential election has broken records in getting off topic. I can’t wait for an actual debate between Hillary and Trump. I can already see them both on stage, Hill in her pants suit and Donnie in his crazy pants. I assume there will be some sort of moderator there to keep Hillary alive and Trump on topic.