In the wake of the news about terrorist bombs that were mailed to several prominent Democrats, including former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch was asked if he felt that Donald Trump should tone down his divisive rhetoric. Orrin Hatch’s response was, to put it lightly, not helpful:
Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, said: “I don’t see anything really wrong with the president. He’s in a tough position, attacked on all sides, and he ought to be able to express himself.”
Some examples of the rhetoric Orrin Hatch seems to think is just fine can be found by looking at the transcript of Trump’s most recent rally in Texas on October 22:
“Do you know how the caravan started? Does everybody know what this means? I think the Democrats had something to do with it. And now they’re saying, I think we made a big mistake. Because people are seeing how bad it is, how pathetic it is, how bad our laws are, they made a big mistake. So as the caravan — and, look, that is an assault on our country.”
“At stake in this election is whether we continue the extraordinary prosperity that we’ve all achieved or whether we let the radical Democrat mob take a giant wrecking ball and destroy our country and our economy.”
“But radical Democrats want to turn back the clock for the rule of corrupt power-hungry globalists.”
“The Democrats want to replace freedom with socialism.”
“And they want to replace the rule of law with the rule of the mob. That’s what is happening. And the Democrats would rather destroy American communities than defend America’s borders.”
“Democrats — the Democrats are a big risk to the American family, and our country cannot afford to take those kind of risks.”
“Today’s Democrat Party would rather protect criminal aliens than American citizens.”
“Democrats produce mobs.”
“A future under Democratic mob rule would be a total catastrophe.”
“The Democrats have launched an assault on the sovereignty of our country, the security of our nation, and the safety of every single American.”
“The Democrats don’t care what their extremist immigration agenda will do to your neighborhoods, to your hospitals, or to your schools.”
“Democrat immigration policies allow poisonous drugs and MS-13 to pour into our country. And Democrat sanctuary cities release violent criminals from jail and straight into your neighborhoods.”
At that same Texas rally, fellow Republican Senator Ted Cruz joined in Trump’s tactic of calling for his political opponent to be imprisoned:
At a rally on October 22, Ted Cruz took a page out of Donald Trump’s book and told his supporters that his political opponent, Beto O’Rourke, should be locked up:
During a rally in Georgetown, Texas, on Tuesday, for Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a supporter shouted “Lock him up” in reference to Cruz’s opponent, Beto O’Rourke. Cruz replied that O’Rourke could share a cell with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Well, you know, there’s a double-occupancy cell with Hillary Clinton,” Cruz said. “Ya’ll are gonna get me in trouble with that,” he added.
Donald Trump is a fascist who has repeatedly used lies and embellishment to incite and inflame hatred of an opposing political party. He has condoned violence, and he has repeatedly called for the imprisonment of his political opponents. As Ted Cruz just showed, other Republicans are following his lead. As Orrin Hatch just showed, other Republicans are condoning Trump’s fascist rhetoric. This is how fascism takes hold. It must be stopped.