Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Self-fulfilling Prophecy or Threat

On my NY Times feed this afternoon, there appeared this headline:

Donald J. Trump warned of "riots" around the Republican National Convention should he fall slightly short of the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination and the party moves to select another candidate.

With all of the hateful rhetoric and actions surrounding the Trump campaign, I began wondering if that warning was a realization by Mr. Trump that if he doesn't secure the necessary delegates all of those hateful, racist, misogynistic, bigots will let their anger boil over into riots.  It could be that he's just naming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

On the other hand, since Mr. Trump is himself a hateful, racist, misogynistic bigot, and has been fairly adept at rallying his troopers to his cause, I'm beginning to wonder if this isn't, in reality, a not-so-veiled threat to hand over the nomination to him.  It would be along the lines of, "You've got a really nice shop here, Mister.  It'd be a shame if anything happened to it . . ."

Self-fulfilling prophecy or threat?  I'm not sure there's a difference.

And I have a feeling that if his supporters began showing up at his rallies in brown shirts the right wing would cheer even more enthusiastically.


Lady Anne | 7:19 PM, March 17, 2016  

I think he should be arrested for inciting to riot. But that's just me. And maybe thee?

Reverend Ref + | 8:09 PM, March 17, 2016  

I've seen that sentiment in other places and I think it's a very good idea. But then again, it will probably give his storm troopers something to rally around. That seems to be the problem in dealing with the right wing . . . they're very good at nasty behavior, but when they are called to accountability they are also very good at playing the victim.

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