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30 March, 2024

Trump follows Dictator’s Playbook: Incite Violence. Kill Democracy.

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Fascists stoke violence to kill democracy

Trump cultivation of political violence is straight from the Dictator's Playbook.

Trump is accused of 'inciting violence' after sharing video with image depicting Biden tied up in the back of a pickup truck.

This was the day after Trump was peddling a $60 Bible. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” I guess Trump missed that part of the Bible. The hypocrisy is rich...

Use this map to see how Trump's incitement mimics other Dictators who destroyed democracy to steal power.

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MAGA Republicans stoke violence

"Trump has encouraged his supporters’ violent impulses while wielding their reputation for violence as a kind of leverage. When his rally goers beat up a Black Lives Matter protester in November 2015, Trump called their actions “beautiful.” - Intelligencer

Trump has pronounced one of America’s top military officials worthy of death, fomented threats of violence against federal law-enforcement officials, and promised that, should he return to the White House, he will investigate adversarial news outlets for treason. The moment that an elected official changes their vote on a pressing public matter — not because they fear electoral backlash from their constituents, but because they fear that their party leader will endanger their children’s lives — democracy has been compromised.

The Republican Party is poised to nominate an authoritarian thug who publishes rationalizations for political violence and promises to abuse presidential authority on a near-daily basis." - Intelligencer

Strongman play the victim card is from the dictator handbook

Stoking violence

"Healthy democracies prevent civil violence. Autocrats either deliberately look the other way or even intentionally inflame politically-useful violence. Such outbreaks can offer political cover for restrictions on civil liberties or the expansion of coercive security measures. They can also suppress voter turnout among opposition and inspire supporters to turn out in competitive areas. 

Stoking violence advances authoritarian efforts in other areas of the playbook, such as quashing dissent, but it also undermines the norms and trust among political elites, as well as the broader population, that underpin democratic stability. As feelings of insecurity rise, social divisions become more salient and politicized and political leaders’ incentives shift further towards hardball politics over negotiation and compromise." - Authoritarian Playbook

Dictators Playbook. Incite violence. Kill Democracy.

Strongmen claim to be saviors of the nation while robbing people of truth, treasure, and the protections of democracy. - Ruth Ben-Ghiat

TakeAway: Understand MAGA violence for what it is: a desperate attempt to steal power by destroying American democracy.

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