Watch: Trump Just Can’t Stop The Dangerous Embrace Of Violence As a Political Weapon
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump told supporters that “only in the panhandle you can get away with shooting immigrants” as he laughed at a supporter’s suggestion of shooting people at the border to stop them from crossing into the United States.
The suggestion came at a campaign rally Wednesday night in Panama City Beach, Florida.
“When you have 15,000 people marching up, and you have hundreds and hundreds of people, and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great — and don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons, we can’t, other countries do, we can’t, I would never do that,” Trump said. “But how do you stop these people?”
“Shoot them!” said the rally attendee, according to multiple reporters.
Trump laughed at the suggestion.
“That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff,” Trump replied. He continued mugging for the crowd as they applauded and cheered the homicidal suggestion.
“Only in the panhandle,” He said again, still laughing.
Trump has repeatedly used his political rallies as a venue to promote violence, particularly against his political opponents.
His supporters have echoed his enthusiasm, and in multiple instances, Trump supporters have been arrested for threatening or even committing violent acts, including attempting to mail bombs to people like President Barack Obama.
Recently, figures affiliated with a pro-Trump militia group who engaged in unlawful “patrols” on the southern border were caught discussing killing migrants.
Yup. Killing people they don’t like is some kind of funny joke to Trump and his supporters.