As part of his tweeting and retweeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump proudly promoted a posting from the Cowboys for Trump Twitter account that contains a video in which a member of the group declares, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
The statement was made by Couy Griffin, the founder of Cowboys for Trump, who made the remarks at an anti-lockdown protest. Griffin has repeatedly said that he and his group don’t rule out resorting to violence if coronavirus restrictions aren’t lifted. In a recent interview, Griffin told a reporter for The Daily Beast:
“You get to pick your poison: you either go before a firing squad, or you get the end of the rope. I’ll tell you what, partner, as far as I’m concerned, there’s not an option that’s not on the table.”
Here’s the video Trump retweeted, along with a message from the president, “Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico!”
Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico! https://t.co/aCRJeskUA8
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
The fact that a sitting president would promote such hateful and violent language drew an immediate response:
.@realDonaldTrump, you fucking lunatic! The message in this video that you are replying to is “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” Of course you knew that. Your issue isn’t Twitter, it is the narcissistic, hate filled, lying, incompetent being that lives inside of you. https://t.co/7prc7aqQz2
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 28, 2020
aaaaand he just retweeted a video in which the first line is, “the only good democrat is a dead democrat.”
god we are so fucked.
— Extremely Socially Distant Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) May 28, 2020
Really @Twitter?? How is this acceptable?
“The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat”
Report this tweet retweeted by this dangerous authoritarian criminal thug https://t.co/RIMGskhguA
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) May 28, 2020
You realize you are President to ALL Americans right now, yes? “I’ve come to the conclusion that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat” betrays more than half of the citizens you are meant to lead. You will not be remembered fondly. What a shame for you children’s children.
— Michael Coleman (@1MichaelColeman) May 28, 2020
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