Threats of violence by Democrats against President Trump are drawing growing criticism, with the Clarion Project the latest to step into the controversy.
WND reported historian Victor Davis Hanson warns there are “James Hodgkinsons” out there who could turn Democrats’ calls for violence into real violence.
Now the Clarion Project, which educates the public about the “dangers of radical Islam,” has cited the words of two newcomers to Congress, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
Ryan Mauro, director of Clarion’s Intelligence Network, warned of the “war of extremes” in which society “accelerates toward hate and violence,” at least partly because the “mass communication resources at our disposal.”
The report cited primarily the threats by Cortez and Omar.
Clarion, which exposes “how radical Islamists use terrorism, murder, subjugation of women, indoctrination of children, religious persecution, genocide of minorities, widespread human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation and cultural jihad to threaten the West,” called out the two for “increasingly giving a nod to political violence against opponents.”
“Most recently, in an interview on a radio show where the host was berating ‘white supremacist Jews’ (read: any Jew that supports Trump, a concept AOC agreed with), AOC went on to sanction political violence by the Palestinians.”
Ocasio-Cortez said, “I believe that injustice is a threat to the safety of all people, because once you have a group that is marginalized and marginalized and marginalized – once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot, right?”
Only days earlier, “AOC refused to condemn the antifa attack on the Tacoma ICE center,” the report noted.
Then there is Omar, who “has repeatedly dipped into language that slurs the Jewish people, is also openly embracing calls for violence against political opponents.”
Ilhan Omar’s brilliant Monday idea is RTing this celebration of a violent physical assault on a fellow Member of Congress who was actually attacked. Incredibly gross. pic.twitter.com/NILoXRuZjM
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) July 29, 2019
Hollywood personality Larry Charles proved the attitude isn’t restricted to newcomers to Congress.
He declared, “This is war.”
After reading about armed #Triad thugs attacking pro-democracy protestors In #HongKong and the white supremacists/Proud Boys/Maga people embracing violence here I’m glad to see the left arming itself. This is war. https://t.co/xAm2tluDhT
— Larry Charles (@larrycharlesism) July 22, 2019
The Clarion Project said in its statement that it is “part of a collective of frontline organizations leading the way against these calls for political violence such as those which might be inspired by Charles and our elected officials.”
Hanson, a historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and author of “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won,” cited one of the more prominent threats to Trump.
That’s from Joe Biden, who said, “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
Hanson noted that one year later, Biden “doubled down on his physical threats.”
Biden stated: “The idea that I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump? … He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.”
Then Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., took up Biden’s refrain: “Trump is a guy who you understand he hurts you, and my testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that. This physically weak specimen.”
“Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., just hours after she was sworn in, said at a rally that she had promised her young son that ‘we’re going to impeach the motherf—-r,'” Hanson wrote.
There were no reprisals, and such acceptance of threats is going to “haunt the country long after Trump is gone,” he said.
Hanson also cited the rants out of Hollywood.
“Actor Robert De Niro has repeatedly expressed a desire to physically assault Trump. A month before Trump was elected, De Niro said of him, ‘I’d like to punch him in the face.’ Later, De Niro doubled down with a series of ‘F— Trump’ outbursts.”
The image of entertainer Kathy Griffin holding up a facsimile of a decapitated Trump head still reverberates. And so does Madonna’s threat to blow up the White House.
“Celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Snoop Dogg, George Lopez, Moby, Rosie O’Donnell, Mickey Rourke, and Larry Wilmore seem to relish the media attention as they discuss or demonstrate what they consider to be creative ways to kill the president,” he wrote.
“The current climate is becoming scary,” he said, reminding readers that those expressing those threats “should worry about where their boasts will finally lead if any of the thousands of James Hodgkinsons in America take such threats seriously and act upon them.”