Harassment of Trump Supporters Increases
The conservative website Breitbart has been compiling a list of instances of violence and harassment against supporters of President Donald Trump, and the list shows an alarming recent acceleration in such acts.
The list begins on Nov. 19, 2015, with an entry recording: “‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Calls for Donald Trump’s Assassination.”
It then records 305 separate instances, up through July 10, 2018. The list includes 29 incidents in the first 10 days of July. In other words, almost 10 percent of the threats recorded by the website occurred in only the past 10 days.
The most serious of these are death threats. On July 6, a Long Island man threatened to kill a Republican congressman and Trump. He was arrested.
On July 8, Breitbart reported that Idaho State Rep. Priscilla Giddings received numerous threats on social media, including of assassination and gang rape, because she mentioned an empty cartridge she carries in her truck as a symbol of freedom.
In a July 6 report, the liberal constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz said a woman at a party in Martha’s Vineyard threatened to stab him in the heart, presumably because he does not support impeachment for Trump.
Breitbart emphasizes how the media have egged on a climate of incivility or worse.
A July 6 New York Times editorial calls for “going to the mattresses”—mafia talk for waging a deadly war against one’s opponents—in order to stop the appointment of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
On July 1, Washington Post opinion columnist Jennifer Rubin said that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders should face a “life sentence of public harassment.”
A little over a year ago, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill., opened fire on a Republican congressional softball team, gravely wounding House majority whip Steve Scalise.