Violence and fascism have a symbiotic relationship, you can have one without the other, but together they thrive. So As Donald Trump moves the party in the direction of fascism, it’s safe to say violence will follow.
That’s why it’s no surprise that Roger Stone, a longtime Republican political operative and ally of Donald Trump, has revealed that he’s trying to organize violent protests in Cleveland this summer to disrupt any effort to “steal” Trump’s nomination as frontrunner.
At this point, it doesn’t matter if Cruz wins the nomination legitimately or not: the only legitimate outcome in the eyes of Trump’s supporters is Trump’s victory, under threat of violence. And if you think this will work any differently in the general, then I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
While speaking with BuzzFeed News via email, Stone said that he was planning a “#DaysofRage” in the event that Trump lost the Republican convention in Cleveland this summer (because let’s face it; if Iowa showed us anything, Trump’s supporters won’t accept Trump losing, even if he does so legitimately).
He tweeted several times about it on Friday evening, calling for fellow brown shirts to hurry to Cleveland so they can join in a “Stop the Steal March on Cleveland.”
According to Stone, Trump’s campaign isn’t involved in this March of the Brown Shirts, and instead said the protests will be “organized by Trump nation,” although they apparently did inform the campaign it was happening. The call to action was given on Infowars, Alex Jones’ infamous crackpot conspiracy show, on March 30.
Stone worked with Trump right up until August, when Trump started picking a fight with Megyn Kelly. Stone is still supporting of Trump, however, so it’s no surprise that he’d call for individuals to “stage protests at hotels of state delegates of states supporting the BIG STEAL.”
There’s that assumption again: he’s seeding already very fertile soil with the idea that if Trump so much as loses it’s because it was stolen from him. At this point, it wouldn’t matter if Cruz wins the election legitimately.
And lest you think I’m exaggerating about the potential for violence, Stone told CQ that there might be unrest at the convention, in the same manner that the Mafia notes you have a nice business and it’d be a shame for something to happen to it:
I think there’d be extreme anger by the Trump supporters. I don’t know that it would boil over into violence. Trump is certainly not advocating violence.
Of course, it’ll boil over into violence. Trump’s campaign supports violence from the top down and those brown shirts do nothing but instigate violence. This doesn’t deserve #DaysofRage, it deserves #BurningtheReichstag.
As BuzzFeed notes, it’s not clear how serious Stone is in this call for protests, but Cruz was right when he called the man a rat-f*cker. Stone is unambiguously stoking the flames of an already volatile population who are looking for any excuse they can get to be violent, in addition to his already preexisting reputation. However, in a column for Infowars earlier this week, Stone noted that “The Bush, Cruz, Rubio, Romney, Ryan, McConnell faction has united and is moving into high gear to steal the nomination from Trump,” suggesting some seriousness to his claims.
If there are riots, it leads me to ask: how do you think the media will report on them? By calling them “riots” like they did in Ferguson when black people were protesting the death of a black teenager, or by calling them “protests” like they usually do when it’s angry, entitled white people burning stuff down?
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