The pro-Trump group "Cowboys for Trump" recently tweeted a video of their founder Couy Griffin giving a speech in which he stated "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat."
President Trump retweeted the threat.
You can watch the video Trump retweeted here:
In his retweet, Trump thanked the group for their threatening support.
On Twitter, the backlash against Trump amplifying this dangerous rhetoric was immediate.
@realDonaldTrump Trump retweeted this video of cowboys for trump, saying the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.… https://t.co/qxzj0UthnW— Gamora (@Gamora)1590671866.0
@realDonaldTrump "Cowboys for Trump" is just another white nationalist group.— Bill Maxwell 😷 (@Bill Maxwell 😷)1590643493.0
Americans shouldn't feel like their President would prefer them dead.
Here's Trump thanking the founder of Cowboys for Trump, who said "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat" and de… https://t.co/t2NXuJ9oTd— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer)1590673060.0
The Cowboys for Trump founder claims he only means "dead Democats" in a "political sense." But in our interview, he… https://t.co/4Tn7oCEVIw— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer)1590673398.0
No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us. The death of George Floyd must not be in v… https://t.co/4QeUHARmJX— Mitt Romney (@Mitt Romney)1590670918.0
It's going to be tough for Trump to win the upcoming election while saying half the country ought to die.
Unusual approach to a re-election campaign, Trump endorses kill democrats speech - now wait for it - the explanatio… https://t.co/xlzEWBdwzr— John P. Flannery (@John P. Flannery)1590684038.0
https://t.co/WG4NQLo8jB Real cowboys don’t dress like this. Y’all know this, right?— @SaysDana 🤓 🕷🕸 (@@SaysDana 🤓 🕷🕸)1590676920.0
@HuffPost 'Cowboys for trump' 🤣, sounds like a name for a band the Village People rejected.— Jesus O'Brien1 (@Jesus O'Brien1)1590685562.0
Griffin later gave an interview to The Daily Beast in which he said his speech wasn't meant to be taken literally.
"I guess I need to be more careful when I choose the words that I speak. But you know, it's just so hypocritical of the left how they're blowing this up, like I'm some hate-speech murderer."
Moments later in the same interview, however, Griffin once again called for the death of Democrats, saying:
"[Democrat Governors] could be guilty of treason and the punishment that comes with it...You get to pick your poison: You either go before a firing squad, or you get the end of the rope."
@realDonaldTrump This is what trump has encouraged: https://t.co/XXSxRVflD7— Joanie rebels #FreeThemAll 🆘 (@Joanie rebels #FreeThemAll 🆘)1590639918.0
The President seems to love free speech when it's directed against his enemies, but abhors it when it applies to him.
So, since the president retweeted a cowboy saying "The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat" without either one be… https://t.co/fHCHhnKKh2— Michel Latour 🌊🌊🌊 (@Michel Latour 🌊🌊🌊)1590710049.0
@realDonaldTrump The Cowboys for Trump is a terrorist organization that calls for the death of your political rival… https://t.co/0VYEugVZZz— Boomer Bear (@Boomer Bear)1590667844.0
Though the vast majority of Trump supporters would never act on Trump's tacit support of violence, rhetoric like this could inspire the most unstable members of our society to act on their worst impulses.
@HuffPost Look at this fool who calls himself a leader.— René (@René)1590699387.0
The President seems unable to stop telling Americans that his devotion stems entirely from whether or not you support his every whim and action.
Even those who agree with him should find this dangerous.
Hopefully voters remember this incident come November.