I am more and more disturbed by the bellicosity of the Republicans, especially those closely aligned with Donald Trump. An editorial in yesterday’s Washington Post pointed out that threats against members of Congress, especially Democrats, are on the rise. It notes that while political violence used to be a fringe issue, it has now moved to center stage, “thanks largely to the dangerous rhetoric of former president Donald Trump.”
In a speech toward the end of summer, President Biden put the issue bluntly: “Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very republic.” Most recently, Trump, in an apparent incitement to violence, wrote on his social media website that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) “has a DEATH WISH” because McConnell wasn’t intense enough in his opposition to the Democrats.
I have to believe that physical attacks against politicians will start soon. That’s one more wound that Trump has inflicted. And the Republicans have not moved or even spoken out to counter the trend.
Have we really sunk so low?