The Inciter-in-Chief: Just Win Them Over with Fear

 

How could I have missed all the signs? We’ve listened to Joe Biden for weeks alerting the citizenship of what a danger the Right will be if they don’t get what they want, i.e., wins in the upcoming elections. I found myself rolling my eyes every time I heard him allude to the potential vicious attacks of the MAGA Republicans. Yet the Democrats bought it. His comments have been especially absurd because he only needs to look at the summer of 2021 to see the political Left’s vicious attacks on people, businesses, and government buildings. While he and others insisted that these activities were peaceful protests, people died, and dreams were destroyed.

His allusions to violence began before Donald Trump left office:

‘The President incites violence, inspires white-supremacist shooters, and his failed COVID-19 response is costing thousands of lives per day,’ Biden said in his tweet.

‘When you look at the world right now, ask yourself: Do you feel safe in Trump’s America?’

Biden’s tweet included a campaign video that says: ‘This is Donald Trump’s America.’ It follows that with: ‘Racist mobs.’ ‘A President inflaming violence.’ ‘Millions out of work.’ ‘Thousands of dead Americans.’

But Biden himself incited the riots with his cries about violence, as this statement from one writer from June 2021 points out:

Biden hearkened back to the violent days of the student riots of the ’60s when he reused their battle cry: ‘The whole world is watching.’ Then, Biden shouted a call to action: ‘We must act!’

Frankly, this is a call to violence against elected officials if Democrats’ political goals are not accepted. In the context of the riots in cities this past year, this speech seeks to legitimize the arson, assaults on police, and destruction of property we have just experienced.

The hyperbole is mind-blowing. I’m sure people running for every office, everywhere, who might lose their elections, will take up arms and run screaming through the halls of government. He has continued to hammer on images of chaos and violence in every speech he’s given:

‘This intimidation, this violence against Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan officials just doing their jobs, is the consequence of lies told for power and profit, lies of conspiracy and malice, lies repeated over and over to generate a cycle of anger, hate, vitriol and even violence,’ Biden said. ‘In this moment, we have to confront those lies with the truth, the very future of our nation depends on it.’

Power, lies, conspiracy, malice, anger, hate, vitriol—and “even violence”; these are the attributes he has assigned to Republicans. Ironically, this is a man who calls for confronting lies with the truth.

I realized that this was not just an attack on Republicans, but it was actually a “call to arms to Democrats.”  I am just beginning to realize that he is not just trying to discredit Republicans and characterize them as dangerous and frightening, but I think he is calling on Democrats, for probably any threat he can manufacture, to attack in every way possible, the Republicans. In a disturbed way, he has been demanding that Democrats see the Republicans as a legitimate threat, and they must take steps to save the country. He is inciting them to violence to save our democracy if they lose the elections.

How does a person prepare for this possible nightmare?

Should we take him seriously?

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I wrote this OP before the election. Now I wonder if the Democrats took Joe Biden’s warnings seriously and decided to stay in their lane to save themselves.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I think the Democrats figured out a peaceful way to save themselves from the Republicans. Stay in your lane: safety is the most important factor in this tumultuous world.

    This OP complements the one I wrote just yesterday.

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  2. Front Seat Cat Member
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    I have not followed all the outcomes like I have in the past. I had (and still have hope) that it will be positive, but your post is absolutely on the money. The fact that the country has gone to the dogs, and yet the voting results so far are still so close tells you that yes – Biden and the Left’s vicious messages and lies are having an affect akin to brain-washing.  It is mind-blowing to the common sense person.

    It also speaks volumes to the moral, spiritual and cognitive decline that our country and the world have descended to and I am not sure, will rebound.

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  3. Rodin Member
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    Ironically, Biden will be pushed out by the Dems early next year. Wait and see. He was a useful husk and his use will now be spent and the Dems will turn to preparing for 2024. A dreadful man; a dreadful Party. If Fetterman wins and the governor of Pennsylvania is a Dem, expect a Fetterman resignation sometime next year to make way for a more robust (but unelected) Dem senator.

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  4. MarciN Member
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    I have been thinking about this last night and this morning too. For the 2020 election, the Democrats scared people about the course of the pandemic and blamed Donald Trump for thousands of deaths. Having exhausted that lie, this year they turned to the Republicans as domestic terrorists lie. 

    I don’t see how any of the Republicans survived up against these Democratic Party tactics. They lie and cheat. 

    I am heartened somewhat that as many people voted for Republicans as did so. 

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I just saw Marc Thiessen on FoxNews. He says the Republicans had a bad message and need to work on that. I don’t think any message that was a legitimate Republican message would have broken through the fear that people had. At some level, they might have hoped that their personal courage would prevail, but when it was actually time to vote, they caved in to their own trauma.

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  6. Manny Coolidge
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    If it was only just the Democrats Susan, we would have won. I shared your very same perception: why are they harping on Jan 6th?  I suspect they had polling to show it would work. And the results are in. The Dems used Donald Trump to color the perception of the Republican Party. Donald Trump’s actions concerning his post election is now a drag on the Republican Party. 

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  7. MarciN Member
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    Manny (View Comment):
    Donald Trump’s actions concerning his post election is now a drag on the Republican Party. 

    I disagree. Donald Trump has a record of success in U.S.-wide office that no other candidate presently has. 

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):
    Donald Trump’s actions concerning his post election is now a drag on the Republican Party.

    I disagree. Donald Trump has a record of success in U.S.-wide office that no other candidate presently has.

    Marci, I just wonder if Biden’s connecting Trump to the potential of violence by Republicans in this election would make people worry that Trump could try to do the same in a future election? Remember, we’re not talking about rational decision-making here or about Trump’s policies and accomplishments.

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  9. Rodin Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I just saw Marc Thiessen on FoxNews. He says the Republicans had a bad message and need to work on that. I don’t think any message that was a legitimate Republican message would have broken through the fear that people had. At some level, they might have hoped that their personal courage would prevail, but when it was actually time to vote, they caved in to their own trauma.

    Thiessen’s talking points are tired. It is always “the message”‘s fault. That’s because he is part of the professional political class that I am whinging about in my post GOPe: Win Small and Go Home. It is misdirection from the real game: keep the ball in play because you only get paid while the ball is moving. Somebody’s got to get paid to “improve” the message for next go around. There is no improving the message. The message is the Constitution. You cannot have personal liberty if you have out of control crime. You cannot have personal liberty if you have a socialist state. You cannot have personal liberty if you have an Administrative state. You cannot have personal liberty is you do not have equal justice under law. You cannot have liberty is you cannot keep the fruits of your labor less a charge for common services. Etc. John Adams said our  Constitution is suited for a moral people and inadequate for any other. Well, we’ve got “other”. It is now up to religious and spiritual leaders to help reform our people before our people will reform government. We have a government of “moral hazard”: wealth redistribution, corporatism, grift, and “safety nets”. We got the Life of Julia even as we were dismissing it as an effective political narrative. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022 — shame on me.

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  10. Manny Coolidge
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):
    Donald Trump’s actions concerning his post election is now a drag on the Republican Party.

    I disagree. Donald Trump has a record of success in U.S.-wide office that no other candidate presently has.

    He’s a very polarizing person.  Plus you fail to factor in his post 2020 election hysteria.  If he had been a gracious loser he might have a higher ceiling. Before yesterday’s  election I said if he runs he’s either a 50 +1 candidate or a 50-1 candidate. It’s a flip of a coin on how things break. But after this election I now see him at best as a 44-47% candidate. 

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  11. BDB Coolidge
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    Manny (View Comment):

    If it was only just the Democrats Susan, we would have won. I shared your very same perception: why are they harping on Jan 6th? I suspect they had polling to show it would work. And the results are in. The Dems used Donald Trump to color the perception of the Republican Party. Donald Trump’s actions concerning his post election is now a drag on the Republican Party.

    Donald Trump could be Jesus Christ and the Democrats would use his stingy performance with the loaves and fishes to discredit the party.  #OccupyGalilee #CrushThe5000

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  12. Manny Coolidge
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    If it was only just the Democrats Susan, we would have won. I shared your very same perception: why are they harping on Jan 6th? I suspect they had polling to show it would work. And the results are in. The Dems used Donald Trump to color the perception of the Republican Party. Donald Trump’s actions concerning his post election is now a drag on the Republican Party.

    Donald Trump could be Jesus Christ and the Democrats would use his stingy performance with the loaves and fishes to discredit the party. #OccupyGalilee #CrushThe5000

    Discrediting politicians either sticks or doesn’t stick. It never stuck to Ronald Reagan, no matter how hard they tried. There are reasons why it sticks to Trump. For one, he comes across as an angry man, and angry men can be characterized in a negative way. 

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  13. Rodin Member
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    Be careful what you ask for.

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Manny (View Comment):
    Discrediting politicians either sticks or doesn’t stick. It never stuck to Ronald Reagan, no matter how hard they tried. There are reasons why it sticks to Trump. For one, he comes across as an angry man, and angry men can be characterized in a negative way. 

    The difficulty that Trump faces is that some people are really afraid of him. We can say that’s stupid, that he’s all bark and no bite, but Biden has put the blame for violence on Trump (re Jan. 6). That’s not going away.

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  15. Manny Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):
    Discrediting politicians either sticks or doesn’t stick. It never stuck to Ronald Reagan, no matter how hard they tried. There are reasons why it sticks to Trump. For one, he comes across as an angry man, and angry men can be characterized in a negative way.

    The difficulty that Trump faces is that some people are really afraid of him. We can say that’s stupid, that he’s all bark and no bite, but Biden has put the blame for violence on Trump (re Jan. 6). That’s not going away.

    Yes and political capital goes down with familiarity. There’s a reason why President’s approvals go down in second terms. The more familiar you are with a politician’s negatives, the less appealing he becomes. Trump has run out of positive capital and at this point the only reason to vote for him is to avoid the other guy. 

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  16. BDB Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):
    Discrediting politicians either sticks or doesn’t stick. It never stuck to Ronald Reagan, no matter how hard they tried. There are reasons why it sticks to Trump. For one, he comes across as an angry man, and angry men can be characterized in a negative way.

    The difficulty that Trump faces is that some people are really afraid of him. We can say that’s stupid, that he’s all bark and no bite, but Biden has put the blame for violence on Trump (re Jan. 6). That’s not going away.

    Huge problem — they’re not actually scared of Trump.  The fiery riots throughout the Trump administration were to remind people which party will literally burn and beat you out of house and skin if you oppose them.  The Trump paranoia is theater, like degrees in Nonsense Studies, agreed to by the performers, the audience, and the donors.  Trump is Emmanuel Goldstein, and the Two-Minutes’ Hate needs neither facts nor figures.  Hatred is enough.  Now go forth and smash, burn, and beat for Big Brother.

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  17. MarciN Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):
    Donald Trump’s actions concerning his post election is now a drag on the Republican Party.

    I disagree. Donald Trump has a record of success in U.S.-wide office that no other candidate presently has.

    Marci, I just wonder if Biden’s connecting Trump to the potential of violence by Republicans in this election would make people worry that Trump could try to do the same in a future election? Remember, we’re not talking about rational decision-making here or about Trump’s policies and accomplishments.

    I’m sure they are making those connections. It’s disgusting that they are doing that.

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  18. MarciN Member
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    They behave like the Russian Communists used to and the way the Chinese Communists behave today. 

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  19. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    BDB (View Comment):
    Huge problem — they’re not actually scared of Trump.  The fiery riots throughout the Trump administration were to remind people which party will literally burn and beat you out of house and skin if you oppose them.  The Trump paranoia is theater, like degrees in Nonsense Studies, agreed to by the performers, the audience, and the donors.  Trump is Emmanuel Goldstein, and the Two-Minutes’ Hate needs neither facts nor figures.  Hatred is enough.  Now go forth and smash, burn, and beat for Big Brother.

    I’m not sure I get your point, BDB. So their own people burned and beat them, but they don’t fear or hate them? Or do they think those people were some other group? I get the call to hate Trump, but that justifies burning and beating? I think I’m missing something. To me, fear can turn into hatred, but hatred justifies violence? Maybe. . .

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  20. BDB Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):
    Huge problem — they’re not actually scared of Trump. The fiery riots throughout the Trump administration were to remind people which party will literally burn and beat you out of house and skin if you oppose them. The Trump paranoia is theater, like degrees in Nonsense Studies, agreed to by the performers, the audience, and the donors. Trump is Emmanuel Goldstein, and the Two-Minutes’ Hate needs neither facts nor figures. Hatred is enough. Now go forth and smash, burn, and beat for Big Brother.

    I’m not sure I get your point, BDB. So their own people burned and beat them, but they don’t fear or hate them? Or do they think those people were some other group? I get the call to hate Trump, but that justifies burning and beating? I think I’m missing something. To me, fear can turn into hatred, but hatred justifies violence? Maybe. . .

    “Sometimes, you just have to kill a chicken in front of the monkeys.”

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  21. WillowSpring Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    but Biden and the media have has put the blame for violence on Trump (re Jan. 6). That’s not going away.

    FIFY

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  22. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    WillowSpring (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    but Biden and the media have has put the blame for violence on Trump (re Jan. 6). That’s not going away.

    FIFY

    Thanks, WS. You are, of course, correct, except that there is a distinction in name only.

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  23. Gary Robbins Member
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    Hi Susan,

    What you are missing is that a majority of Americans believe that Trump is guilty of all or part of the following:

    • Purposely and maliciously disseminating false allegations of fraud related to the 2020 presidential election in order to aid your effort to overturn the election and for purposes of soliciting contributions;
    • Attempting to corrupt the Department of Justice, including by soliciting and enlisting Department officials to make false statements and aid your effort to overturn the presidential election;
    • Without any evidentiary basis, illegally pressuring state officials and legislators to change the results of the election in their states;
    • Orchestrating and overseeing an effort to obtain and transmit false electoral certificates to Congress and the National Archives;
    • Despite knowing specifically that it was illegal, corruptly pressuring your own Vice President to unilaterally refuse to count electoral votes during Congress’s joint session on January 6th;
    • Pressuring Members of Congress to object to valid slates of electors from several states;
    • Filing false information, under oath, in federal court;
    • Summoning tens of thousands of supporters to Washington and, knowing they were angry and some were armed, sending them to the Capitol;
    • Sending a social media message to the nation at 2:24 p.m. – while knowing full well that the violent attack on the Capitol was occurring – in which you incited further violence by publicly condemning your Vice President; and,
    • Refusing for hours to disband your rioting supporters by instructing them to leave the Capitol, which you watched the attack unfold on television.

    See https://ricochet.com/1328931/the-house-subpoena-of-donald-trump/.  That is more than enough for them to refuse to ever vote for Trump.

    There is a solution however.  Just don’t nominate Trump.

    We can lose with Trump or win with someone else, preferably a two term governor.  The choice is ours as a party.

    Gary

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