'True Threats' of Violence...More Than Just Media Fodder
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on http://www.americanpbn.com/
“I think if we go into a convention, whoever gets 1,237 delegates becomes the nominee. It’s plain and simple.”
- RNC Chief Strategist Sean Spicer
Well folks Donald Trump is spewing words of instigation yet again…this time going way beyond just the absurd about his supporters not caring if he shot somebody while walking down Fifth Avenue; even going beyond his not outwardly condemning the recent violence in Chicago that led to his claiming that his First Amendment right to free speech had been violated...which by the way it was not.
Now Trump is actually putting the Republican delegates and the Republican hierarchy on notice with threats that if after the primaries he does not reach the magic number of 1,237 needed to secure the nomination...and know there is nothing nefarious about that number as it's simply half the delegates plus one...in other words the majority...that should he nevertheless finish with the most delegates no matter the number, and if the nomination were to go to someone else that violence could result...as in his words, “I think you’d have riots.”
Speaking by phone this past Wednesday on CNN's 'New Day' with Chris Cuomo, Donald Trump stated that he's “representing many millions of people”...completely ignoring the fact that the other two candidates still in the race, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, can say the exact same thing. Then by adding that, “If you disenfranchise those people, and you say, ‘I’m sorry, you’re 20 votes short or 100 votes short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400…I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen...I think you would see problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen. I really do. I wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things would happen,” Trump has actually tried to blackmail the GOP...as in 'give me the nomination contested or otherwise or else'...thus making Donald Trump no better than the thugs and hoodlums that he so loves to call out. And know that this latest stunt of his will be turned into yet another soundbite...just like Chicago was...that the media will report on ad-nauseum, thus denying both Cruz and Kasich their rightful air time.
Click on link to hear Donald Trump threatening riots in his own voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5vkrtsDX74
And it's the media...the very ones whose 'bought-and- paid-for' ratings whore existence revolves around 'The Donald Trump Presidential Reality Show'...who wait with baited breath to see if Trump's words are legally an actual threat or just wishful thinking on his part...wishful thinking by the man who, like Barack HUSSEIN Obama, thinks himself king...and if he's not perceived as king he'll buy, if you will, your undying loyalty...just ask Dr. Ben Carson.
And what has the reaction of the Republican party hierarchy been to Trump's rhetoric of possible riots if he's denied the nomination even if he doesn't reach the must have 1,237 number...“Well first of all, I assume [Trump] is speaking figuratively,” said RNC Chief Strategist Sean Spicer, who went on to say that the convention is just part of the process, and that the Trump campaign will not receive any special treatment, and that he will not be voted up or down based upon anything other than the will of the delegates and whatever wheeling and dealing that happens on the convention floor, both for or against Trump.
In fact, the Ninth Circuit has stated that a 'true threat' is “a statement which, in the entire context and under all the circumstances, a reasonable person would foresee would be interpreted by those to whom the statement is communicated as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon that person,” adding that “It is not necessary that the defendant intend to, or be able to carry out his threat; the only intent requirement for a 'true threat' is that the defendant intentionally or knowingly communicate the threat.” And Donald Trump has said time and again that anything he says is true...meaning even his alluding to or wishing for possible violence can and should be taken as a 'true threat.'
And even if Trump's 'true threat' words were to be dismissed...which I believe they should not be what with the pattern of violence at his rallies and events increasing while he feeds into it with vile rhetoric (see my Right Side Patriots partner and friend Craig Andresen's and my joint article about just that here: http://thepatriotfactor.blogspot.com/201...)...it must also be noted that Trump's words about possible riots are nothing but a ploy...a scare tactic...to disenfranchise voters into not voting at all if the delegates or the party award the nomination to anybody but him. In fact, Donald Trump has even stated that if he does not get the nomination that he will bring charges that a contested convention is illegitimate, and that he will advise his many supporters not to back the nominee so as to do as much damage to the Republican party as he possibly can.
And folks, if that is not yet another threat then seriously I don't know what is.
So now while Donald Trump's 'true threats' seem to be taken as nothing but made-for-TV media ratings fodder, we are left with a game of mathematics...will Trump reach the 1,237 number needed for the nomination before it goes to convention or will Ted Cruz or John Kasich be able to stop him. And let's be honest here...John Kasich with his lowly 68 delegates has no chance of stopping Trump before the convention, while Ted Cruz has an outside chance of pulling it off...that is if he can pull 78% of all the remaining delegates from the states who have not yet voted into his corner. It's a long shot but it can be done if he can secure former candidate Marco Rubio's 170 delegates once they are released...or better yet if a deal is worked out and announced before the convention for a Cruz/Rubio ticket.
Now that is something I could go for and a ticket like that would steamroller over Hillary in a heartbeat. And it would also knock the wind out of both Donald Trump's campaign and any words he could say because together Cruz and Rubio have more delegates and support than Trump...and no threats made and no hopes of violence can counter numbers...it truly is that simple.
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