The 56-second ad, bathed in a red-orange tinge, links comments via Democratic leaders with the so-called resistance movement against Trump.
In recent months, demonstrators have heckled Trump administration associates as well as GOP lawmakers in public, such as White House advisor Stephen Miller, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as well as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. During the multiple rounds of Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, protesters accosted senators in hallways as well as elevators.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday on the Senate floor which “only one side was happy to play host to This kind of toxic fringe behavior. Only one side’s leaders are at This kind of point openly calling for more.”
He added: “We will not let mob behavior drown out all the Americans who want to legitimately participate inside the policymaking process.”
Trump repeated the “mob rule” line on Monday morning, tweeting a quote via right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro.
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The president’s charge echoes various other Republicans’ recent attacks on Democrats. In a radio interview Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said, “I actually worry which someone is actually going to be killed as well as which those who are ratcheting up the conversation — they have to realize which they bear some responsibility if This kind of elevates to violence.”
GOP Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia said he was running against the “liberal mob” at a town hall event in May 2017 — a characterization Democrats balked at.
nevertheless Democrats as well as critics of the GOP have been quick to point out which Trump himself seemed to call for violence on multiple occasions during his campaign rallies.
“Trump, more than any leading U.S. figure in recent memory, has actively tried to stoke civil conflict on as many fronts as possible,” Greg Sargent, a liberal columnist at The Washington Post, wrote.
Trump used such provocative language on the campaign trail in 2016.
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would certainly you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell,” Trump said in February 2016. “I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”
At two more rallies which month, Trump said of one protester: “I’d like to punch him inside the face, I’ll tell you.” Of another, he said: “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about the idea.”
At a rally in North Carolina in March, one protester was sucker-punched by an attendee while being escorted out of the building.
After he was elected, Trump appeared to encourage the increased use of violence among police officers, saying at a July 2017 speech: “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just seen them thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.”