Donald Trump’s re-election campaign sent out an email to his supporters on Friday accusing the Democratic Party of “trying to STEAL THE ELECTION right before our eyes.” The message comes after Trump encouraged his supporters via Twitter to “liberate” three blue states that are taking away their Second Amendment Rights.
April 17: Trump accuses Democrats of trying to steal the election. pic.twitter.com/V65E5PWiai
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) April 17, 2020
Many are noting that Trump is encouraging his base to use violence to keep him in charge.
Washington Post columnist and University College London assistant professor of global politics Brian Klass warns Trump is laying the groundwork to get “his supporters to reject results” of the November election “and use violence.”
Trump is calling for insurrection with reference to guns at the same time his campaign is falsely claiming that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election. This is what despots do. It’s dangerous. He’s laying the groundwork for his supporters to reject results and use violence. pic.twitter.com/pNCeqq0Phz
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 17, 2020
Twitter users also took notice of Trump’s tactics.
I think the goal is froth the fear, anxiety and hate within his base, manipulate their emotions so that their behavior is extreme. It’s a dark play.
— JimmyG (@JimmyG303) April 17, 2020
It tells us he knows his position is very weak. He's that desperate. Factor in his amply demonstrated lack of morals and it adds up to serious danger to our republic.
— Donald JMD Trump 🇺🇸 (@DJMDTrump) April 17, 2020
Distributing this sort of lies just isn't ever done in my country. I'm just stunned it's even legal in the USA – what's happened to the USA that this is even considered OK ?
— David Frost 🇳🇿 (@davidfrostnz) April 17, 2020