The Capitol siege proves it’s finally time to take Trump and other politicians’ violent rhetoric both seriously and literally.

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They shouted “Hang Pence!” as they beat police officers within an inch of their lives. 

They screamed “Where’s Nancy?” as they pounded on a locked door in the Speaker of the House’s office. 

And, for good measure, someone scrawled “Murder the Media” on a door at the Capitol.

The Capitol siege showed that it’s no longer reasonable to contend that the venomous words which have defined the Trump experience are merely impassioned hyperbole. We saw all too clearly how the threats posed by disgruntled Trump supporters who sincerely believe the fiction of a massive conspiracy to steal the election can manifest in the real world.

We need to, at long last, take their violent words — and the incendiary words of the president and Republican lawmakers that incited them — both seriously and literally.

The scope of the violence was astonishing, and could have been so much worse

With each passing day since Trump supporters’ violently invaded the Capitol — the depravity of the insurrectionists has become more pronounced. 

A New York Times video analysis of footage from the siege makes plain the savagery brought on the cops guarding one of the Capitol’s entrances. 

The mob didn’t just beat them with blunt objects and flagpoles, they grabbed them by the helmet and dragged down stairs and into the mob. In some cases, they beat cops while they were injured, prone, and face down. 

One of the rioters seen carrying zip-tie handcuffs in the Senate chamber said he brought the restraints as “a kind of flexing of the muscles” and invoked 1776, comparing himself to the “founders” who fought the American Revolution. 

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Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that a truck belonging to one of the alleged rioters was found with bombs, guns, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. But just as disturbing was the man’s list of “good guys” and “bad guys” — including a note referring to Democratic Rep. Andre Carson as a “bad guy” and “one of two Muslims in the House of Reps.”

Consider for a moment how long, and how viciously, the right-wing media ecosphere has talked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She’s arguably as frightening a boogeyman to the far-right as Hillary Clinton or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Now consider what would have happened had a radicalized rioter caught sight of Pelosi in the Capitol. 

It strains credulity to believe that a man participating in a mob siege, jacked up on adrenaline and brain-poisoned by fake conspiracy theories, wouldn’t seize on the opportunity to commit violence against the 80-year-old House Speaker. 

When leaders use violent rhetoric, take them literally and seriously — because their followers do

To preemptively address the whataboutism over Democrats and the mainstream media’s reactions to the violence that marred the protests against racism and police brutality over the summer: you’ve got a point.

There was a conventional wisdom throughout much of the news media that downplayed looting and rioting as either occasionally justifiable or so rare it wasn’t worth mentioning. Neither of those is correct, as

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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