Hint: the answer to the above question is “never.” You’d think that question would be easy to answer (it actually is), but Trump being president is making some celebrities nuts. I mean, we have comedian Kathy Griffin holding up a bloodied, disembodied head that looks an awful lot like Trump in a photo shoot. Madonna says she wants to blow up the White House. Recently, actor Johnny Depp made a joke about assassinating the president. I know, celebrities tend to enjoy sensation, but we also have seemingly “normal” folks deciding that it would be a good idea to shoot up a bunch of Republicans at their practice for the annual congressional charity baseball game. I don’t know what’s got into these people’s heads, but this is ridiculous.
Sure, I don’t like it that Trump scammed his way to the presidency. I don’t like the fact that he is a terrible human being and he is in charge of the most powerful nation on Earth. I don’t like the fact that he makes a mockery of everything that makes this nation great. But to assassinate him, even in jest? How profoundly sad is that? Any attempt at the assassination of a President of the United States is also an attempt to destroy the foundations of our democracy and the rule of law. It is a reprehensible concept.
And I’m sure the thought hasn’t occurred to these “liberal” celebrities that an assassination of Trump would be the worst possible thing, not only for the nation, but also for the liberal/progressive agenda. It would validate, or seem to validate, all the right-wing demonization of liberals. Some conservatives have already started using the congressional baseball practice shooting as a tool to demonize liberals. Even joking about it is bad. Yes, there are some people who deserve it: Osama bin Laden, I’d argue child molesters, the Green River Killer. But the President of the United States is not one of them. If you want Trump out of office, we have legal ways for that. Anyway, it seems like he’s doing a pretty good job kicking himself out of the presidency. He’s his own worst enemy.
So that’s it: threatening violence against politicians, even in jest, is not right. Except, it seems, if you’re a supporter of Trump.
On Friday, New Hampshire State Representative Al Baldasaro, who last summer said that Hillary Clinton should be shot, was in attendance at a White House bill signing ceremony. Nice to know that you can call for the execution of a presidential candidate and still be invited to a bill signing ceremony.
Let’s not forget Trump’s chumminess with rock-n-roll asshole Ted Nugent, who has made numerous threats of violence against politicians with whom he disagrees. And, of course, Trump himself had made a thinly veiled threat against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, suggesting that “second amendment people” might be able to do something about her.
Look, folks, threatening violence is never right, but the next time you hear Donald Trump jr., or any other conservative, bitch and moan about “anti-Republican violence,” take note of their silence when violence is threatened against a liberal.
Violent threats are always wrong, and if you say nothing about it when they come from your side of the fence, that’s tacit approval. There’s no high road in that.