Trump continues to make outlandish claims with zero basis in reality. Is this how we should be prepared to be governed from now on, or will we ever return to normalcy?
Trump is back on the road, campaigning both for the 2018 midterms and also for his 2020 presidential candidate race. At a Nevada rally on Saturday, October 20th, Trump claimed that Californians were "rioting" in protest of sanctuary cities.
"A lot of people in California don't want sanctuary cities," Trump said. "They're rioting now; they wanna get out of their sanctuary cities ... They're demanding they be released from sanctuary cities."
This is, of course, not true. However, it is dangerous.
This Trump lie is quite something. The president is now inventing nonexistent domestic riots. https://t.co/Ch9ZSafXKx— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1540063728.0
And the “rioters,” in this fictional Trump story, are people who stand with him on the issue, not leftists or illeg… https://t.co/qlzCH3C3DX— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1540063928.0
California Gov. Jerry Brown spokesman Evan Westrup on Trump inventing California riots: “Trump and truth have long… https://t.co/5eP32JbCUl— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1540076429.0
I asked Troy Edgar, mayor of Los Alamitos and opponent of sanctuary laws, whether he knows of any evidence for Trum… https://t.co/qWAowEc02Q— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1540143944.0
Some people are choosing to laugh it off:
@ddale8 Me, rioting in Los Angeles: https://t.co/l6JCGrt0sc— Randy (@Randy) 1540064350.0
@RandyRNB @ddale8 Yep, rioting here in So Cal. https://t.co/0Z9dzw4jP3— kim (@kim) 1540068569.0
@ddale8 My cat and I are currently rioting here in the Bay Area. I told him to calm down. He’s resisting. https://t.co/SIQakTVRF6— wskrz 🇨🇦🇳🇱 (@wskrz 🇨🇦🇳🇱) 1540064733.0
But others are heeding how dangerous this rhetoric truly is.
@ddale8 Imagine what nonsense he'll be peddling as Nov 6 gets closer. Nation wide riots by Democratic mobs. Raping… https://t.co/xrOyDiLIKz— Darren Brown (@Darren Brown) 1540065052.0
@ddale8 @EJXavier1 He’s threatened to call out the military against migrants at the border. He’s setting up excuses… https://t.co/IyDZQ0825N— Manya Zuba (@Manya Zuba) 1540080683.0
@RawStory If Don is talking, he's lying. It's hard to comprehend millions still support him. GOP has been taken over by worst kind of human.— JO PIPES (@JO PIPES) 1540066828.0
@ddale8 It’s not a lie, he is giving instructions to his base in California to start the riot. This is what con men do.— Nags (@Nags) 1540070221.0
Meanwhile, the word on the street in California is: no riots.
@ddale8 I live in California. There are no riots.— I RESIST FOR HER! (@I RESIST FOR HER!) 1540077484.0
@MendyWright1 @ddale8 I live here too. Can confirm.— FlatpickingJD (@FlatpickingJD) 1540090862.0
@RawStory @studiohq When is someone going to declare him insane?!?— Katie Anderson (@Katie Anderson) 1540069690.0
@ddale8 @InSpiteOfTrump https://t.co/VmmBVqxRGd— Joyce Hanson (@Joyce Hanson) 1540065568.0
In fact, if there were riots, it would likely be for the opposite reason.
@ddale8 @kurteichenwald Actually, we want Trump to get out of our country. https://t.co/VDLGuUgspg— Louis Rosas (@Louis Rosas) 1540073403.0
Though this lie seems ridiculous and like nobody will ever truly believe it, one should be on the lookout for signs of fascism at all times:
@ddale8 In 1995 Umberto Eco wrote that at the center of fascist psychology was, “…the obsession with a plot, possib… https://t.co/xu8CQzPcIz— Patrick Donohue (@Patrick Donohue) 1540079711.0
Stay aware and alert, everybody. Democracy is not a spectator sport--get out and vote on November 6th.