The First Amendment affords a lot of liberties to the American people in regards to what they are allowed to say. Statements about the government that would lead to a prison sentence in most countries are aired on national television in the United States without any fear of consequence. This freedom of speech is a fundamental right and one that we should be incredibly grateful to have.
However, there are those who abuse this right in some of the most heinous ways possible, including calling for the assassination of a sitting President. Much more vile than simply wishing death on another human being for no other reason than disagreeing with their politics, wishing for the assassination of a President – any president – is, in essence, wishing for the United States to be dealt a crippling blow.
It’s about the most un-American and treasonous remark that a person could make, yet in the era of President Trump, it’s been a boundary that those on the left have been willing to cross time and time again.
Below is a roundup of just a few of the high-profile politicians, celebrities, and other influential figures who have at least insinuated that Trump should be assassinated. If nothing else, this list goes to prove that there really is no line that those on the left aren’t willing to cross.
One of the most recent examples of liberal leader hinting at Trump’s assassination comes from the speech that former Vice President Al Gore delivered at the University of Maryland’s commencement ceremony. Speaking to the 2018 graduates, Gore said, “There are — I know — a great many supporters of President Trump. I do understand that. As one of his supporters put it on television, he said, ‘The way I look at it, Donald Trump is chemotherapy for America’. Well, in medicine and science, some experiments are terminated early for ethical reasons.”
Gore went on to explain that he was talking about President Trump’s impeachment. However, his choice of the word “terminated” could not have been more incendiary.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Al Gore’s statement about President Trump being “terminated” may have been slightly ambiguous, but Missouri state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s remarks about Trump’s assassination left no room for misinterpretation. Chappelle-Nadal said in an August 2017 Facebook post comment that “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
She later deleted the comment and apologized, but the fact that someone in her position would post such a comment to begin with is unforgivable.
Shortly after Trump began his Presidency, D-list comedian Kathy Griffin made national headlines by posting pictures of an ISIS-inspired photo-shoot which featured her holding up a prop meant to look like the bloodied, severed head of President Trump.
It was a move that drew immediate, harsh criticism from both the right and the left. Rather than apologize, Griffin went on to almost sobbingly complain about how Donald Trump “ruined her career”.
Speaking at an LGBT conference, Congresswoman Maxine Waters said, “I will go and take Trump out tonight”. After facing backlash for her remark, Waters claimed that she was referring to impeachment. However, nothing about her words – from the phrase “take Trump out” to her insinuation that she would do it that very night – seem to validate this claim.
Conservative commentators highlighted the danger of a sitting Congresswoman making such ill-thought-out remarks which could incite violence, and even the Washington Times reported that Waters’ comment was threatening enough to warrant a Secret Service investigation.
It’s unfortunate to say that the list above is by no means exhaustive, as plenty of celebrities and political commentators on the left have hinted at Trump’s assassination since his election. While their remarks may have not received the coverage that those outlined above did – either because they were more veiled or because of the lower-profile status of the person making them – their calls for the murder of a sitting President are insidious nonetheless.
Those on the left who call out President Trump for making comments that could incite violence need to do some serious soul-searching about the comments they themselves have made. No matter what your feelings about a President may be, calling for their assassination – especially when you are in a position of power and influence – is dangerous, treasonous, and has no place in the free speech that we are fortunate enough to have.
~ Freedom News Report