It isn’t enough for Donald Trump to triumph as he did yet again last night.
Trump must be the Republican nominee – or else.
Should he fail to prevail at a contested GOP convention this summer, Trump said this morning on CNN, “I think you’d have riots. I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”
Yet it wasn’t even 48 hours ago that Trump told Greta Van Susteren that his supporters were “peaceful people.”
If this is true then why is Trump now saying there could be riots if he doesn’t win? If Trump’s supporters were truly peaceful people then there would be no reason to even entertain the thought.
Let’s call this for what it is – a threat of domestic terrorism.
The FBI defines domestic terrorism in part as involving “acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law” & “Appear intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.”
Surely, the act of rioting is dangerous to human life and violates both federal and state law. Trump’s remark can also be vieweed “as intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population”. In this case, the civilian population would be delegates to the Republican National Convention.
By raising the possibility of violence at the Republican National Convention, Trump is creating an environment of intimidation and coercion such that Republicans cannot freely choose their presidential candidate without fear of injury or loss of life.
So let’s be clear. Donald Trump has told us that he has a lot of “bad dudes” supporting him who could behave very badly if they don’t get their way.
As a matter of principle, Republicans should refuse to be intimidated or coerced. If a majority of Republican delegates wish to deny Donald Trump their party’s nomination that is ther right. If Trump’s supporters respond with violence causing injury and/or death it will prove beyond any dispute that they and the man who they support are nothing more than terrorists.