Pipe Bombs Targeting Trump Opponents Show POTUS is Greatest Threat to the United States

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A Neo-Nazi protester in Charlottesville gives a Nazi salute. Trump said there were good people on both sides. (Evan Nesterak)

esterday America completed its fall to third-world country status. I wrote about the signs of this in a previous column. But now we have political violence, a staple of third world countries. On Wednesday, about nine opponents of President Donald Trump, including the Obamas, the Clintons, former Attorney General Eric Holder and CNN, were targeted with crudely-made pipe bombs.

The bombs were all targeted at former opponents or people who had been vocally critical of Trump. This was obviously an attempt at silencing critics.

The latest act of violence is the end result of a country that was stupid enough to elect a racist, sociopathic demagogue to the most powerful position in the world. Americans shouldn’t be surprised at the consequences of their ignorance and apathy. Trump has been stoking a tidal wave of violence for the past two years, now the wave has hit the shore.

As far back as 2016, we began to see inklings of what Trumpism meant. There were reports of increased anti-semitism, Jewish synagogues and homes were targeted with neo-Nazi graffiti and black protestors assaulted at Trump rallies. That was just a sign of what was to come.

Alexander Soros, son of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who was also targeted with an explosive device, agrees.

“Before that, the vitriol he (George Soros) faced was largely confined to the extremist fringes, among white supremacists and nationalists who sought to undermine the very foundations of democracy,” said Alexander Soros in a Daily Mail interview. “But with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, things got worse.”

Once Trump was elected president, he welcomed neo-Nazis into the White House and continued to rile up his easily-deluded supporters. In 2017, Heather Heyer was killed during a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville. Trump failed to condemn this saying there were “good people on both sides.”

This was a wink to white nationalists who are a core part of his base. A few weeks ago the Proud Boys, a white nationalist gang, rampaged through the streets of New York, while police stood by. The Proud Boys were invited by a Republican group and have also provided security for Trump associate Roger Stone.

Most security analysts say the biggest threat of domestic terrorism comes from right-wing groups. However, that’s not what Trump says.

“The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories,” said Trump during a rally at Mosinee, Wis. “They’ve gotta stop. Bring people together.”

A long-time conspiracy theorist, Trump has tweeted memes of him body slamming CNN, and running over the press. But now he blames the media for inciting violence! The man who called neo-Nazis “good people” now claims the left is a violent mob, even as three Proud Boys have been arrested for their New York rampage. The man who leads his cult followers in chants of lock her up, targeted at innocent female politicians, now calls for civility? It would be laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic. This is just another example of his refusal to take responsibility for his actions.

Almost lost in the reporting about the pipe bombs, was a New York Times report detailing how Chinese and Russians spies had been monitoring Trump’s phone calls. This surveillance was easy because Trump has refused to replace his phone every 30 days as required by government security experts. Trump has continued to use an unsecured phone for at least two years, revealing government secrets to the world.

Trump responded to this by tweeting.

“The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cell phone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it,” said Trump in a tweet. “I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!”

“Trump has radicalized his base. He is inciting terrorism. He is an accomplice to attempted murder,” said Truscott. “Someone is going to be killed before this is over.”

From his inciting of violence, his leaking of classified information and his reverence for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who boasts of reducing America’s global influence, it’s clear the greatest threat to the United States is the president of the United States.

Voters have a chance to put a check on this in a few weeks, since it’s clear the Republican Party refuses to do anything to stop Trump.

But I hope it’s not too late. Author and Salon columnist Lucian Truscott IV, offers a dire warning.

“Trump has radicalized his base. He is inciting terrorism. He is an accomplice to attempted murder,” said Truscott. “Someone is going to be killed before this is over.”

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Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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