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Trump plants the assassination seed, twice

Marty Essen

You probably already know that yesterday, for the second time, Donald Trump insinuated that Hillary Clinton should be assassinated.

Here are Trump’s exact words: “I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm, right? Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take their—and let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away. OK, it would be very dangerous.”

While the media is covering the threat—as it should—I would like to concentrate on the last sentence: “It would be very dangerous.”

Dangerous from whom? If Hillary’s bodyguards disarmed, she’d certainly be perfectly safe among Democrats. She’d also be perfectly safe among traditional Nixon, Ford, or Reagan Republicans. So who does that leave? Trump voters, obviously! Those in the basket of deplorables.

Yes, Donald Trump has an even worse opinion of his followers than liberals have of them. By his own words, he’s asked Hillary’s bodyguards to disarm—knowing that someone from his unhinged crowd of deplorables would be bound to do the unthinkable.

It’s well past time for the Republican Party to step up and be the “party of personal responsibility” they claim to be. They are stuck with Trump on the ballot, but they aren’t stuck supporting him. Now that Trump has planted the seed twice, if someone makes an attempt on Hillary Clinton’s life, both Donald Trump and the GOP must be held legally accountable as accessories to the act.

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