Be careful out there. The threat of violence continues to escalate, as we always feared it would. And Trump’s indictment (gift link) is going to ramp up their fear and anger to a ever-more-fevered pitch.
‘We Need to Start Killing’: Trump’s Far-Right Supporters Are Threatening Civil War
Within minutes of Trump’s indictment, supporters lit up social media platforms with violent threats and calls for civil war.
In what is becoming a now all-too-familiar trend, former President Donald Trump’s far-right supporters have threatened civil war after news broke Thursday that the former president was indicted for allegedly taking classified documents from the White House without permission.
“We need to start killing these traitorous fuckstains,” wrote one Trump supporter on The Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump message board that played a key role in planning the January 6 attack on the Capitol….
Trump supporters are making specific threats too. In one post on The Donald titled, “A little bit about Merrick Garland, his wife, his daughters,” a user shared a link to an article about the attorney general’s children.
Under the post, another user replied: “His children are fair game as far as I’m concerned.”…
ETA: In my post on violence, linked above, I talked about how many of my leftist friends had started to buy guns of their own. With that happening, I found these events also unsurprising. As progressive people secure guns of their own, they typically schedule time at gun ranges to practice. This is the responsible thing to do as a new gun owner, to learn how to handle your weapon.
Gun ranges are spaces mostly controlled and visited by right-wing, conservative people. And so this happens:
They went to a gun range for a birthday celebration. Then came the threats from right-wing extremists.
…The employee commented that Loder was a “long way from home,” the letter said, which struck several of the friends as unusual and concerning.
“Her tone and expression suggested some sort of interest in Mr. Loder and their personal information,” the letter said.
That evening, right-wing social media accounts — with a history of targeting transgender people and progressive policies — posted about Loder and their friends. One Twitter account said Loder was spotted in Mission Valley that night with “well-known members of SD Antifa.” Another Twitter user, whose videos celebrate his own violent clashes with protesters, wrote: “Heard Chad Loder is in town gonna head downtown to say hi!”
Loder’s friends are not associated with Antifa, Loder said, but were unnerved by the posts….
No harm has come of this so far, as near as I can tell. But the threats are clear.