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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied to reporters about Trumpâs history of encouraging political violence, and signaled that the recent string of attempted bombings of Trumpâs favorite targets will not keep him from continuing to attack them.
During a pressÂ scrumÂ on the White House driveway Thursday morning, Daily Mail correspondent Francesca Chambers noted Trumpâs latestÂ attempt to blameÂ the media for the series of attempted bombings, and asked if Trump bears any responsibility or if he regrets any of his comments.
âLook, the presidentâs condemned violence in all forms, has done that since day one, will continue to do that,â Sanders claimed.
CBS News correspondent Chip Reid then listed a litany of Trumpâs attacks on the people who were targeted by the package bombs, and asked if Trump will stop the attacks.
Sanders indicated that he would not, replying that Trump âis going to continue to lay out the contrasts between Democrats and Republicans.â
âThe question is, is he going to continue insulting them?â Reid interrupted.
Sanders replied that Trump âis going to continue to lay out the case, and the differences between Democrats and Republicans.â
Sandersâ claim is absurd and dangerous. In addition to the constantÂ attacks and smearsÂ against the people who were targeted by these bombing attempts, Trump has a long history of explicitly encouraging political violence.
At a campaign rally just last week, TrumpÂ explicitly praisedÂ Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter, and even reenacted the attack onstage, to cheers and applause from the crowd.
To borrow Sandersâ phrase, Trump has been engaged in this campaign âsince day one.â During the 2016 presidential campaign, he repeatedlyÂ encouragedÂ violence against political protesters, and on at least two occasionsÂ promised to payÂ the legal fees of anyone who assaulted a protester.
Trump has also encouraged political violence by failing to condemn it, or by equivocating.Â When bodyguards for Turkish President Erdogan viciously beat protesters on U.S. soil,Â Trump apologizedÂ to Erdogan instead of standing up for Americans.
And when a woman was murdered by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, TrumpÂ said thatÂ there were âvery fine peopleâ among the neo-Nazi protesters who sparked the incident.
The combination of Trumpâs smears against his critics and his explicit encouragement of violence is a recipe for disaster, and Sandersâ willingness to lie about it is not just a disgrace, it is a danger.
Published with permission of The American Independent.