During a campaign rally last week, a supporter of Donald Trump told reporters that Hillary Clinton “needs to be taken out” and that “she should be in prison or shot.”
Dan Bowman, a devout Trump supporter, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday at a rally for the GOP nominee in Cincinnati, Ohio, and what he said is absolutely chilling.
I feel like Hillary needs to be taken out. If she gets in the government, I’ll do everything in my power to take her out of power.”
“If I have to be a patriot, I will,” he added.
When Bowman was directly asked if he was threatening Clinton, he avoided actually answering the question. “I don’t know. Is it?” replied the 50-year-old contractor.
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— Jason Morrell (@CNNJason) October 17, 2016
During a separate interview with The Boston Globe, Bowman elaborated on his statements, this time declaring that Clinton should be “shot” and calling for a violent “revolution” while promising “bloodshed.”
If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” he said. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed.”
Trump himself has called on his supporters to take violent action against Clinton. In September, he dared her to disarm her Secret Service detail since she is such a strong advocate of gun control measures. Disarm them and “Let’s see what happens to her,” Trump said. This comment followed his remarks in August when he called on “the Second Amendment” folks to “do” something about his opponent so that she doesn’t end up nominating justices to the Supreme Court if she wins the election in November.
The Donald has incited violence throughout his campaign. His unhinged and hateful rhetoric has whipped his poorly educated cult of followers into a frenzy and convinced them that the time for a bloody “revolution” is here. Now that Pandora’s Box has been opened and Trump’s followers have been unleashed on America, we may find that it is not so easy to put the lid back on. Even if Trump loses in November, his supporters will still be here and that is a terrifying thought indeed.
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