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Dan Rather Eviscerates Trump: ‘History Is Watching’

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Dan Rather Eviscerates Trump: ‘History Is Watching’

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Dan Rather, formerly of CBS Evening News and now host of The Big Interview on AXS TV, published a Facebook post Wednesday eviscerating Trump for his comments that “Second Amendment people” may be able to “do” something about Hillary Clinton.

Rather called Trump’s comments a “new low” and stated he had “crossed a line with dangerous potential”:

This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?

Rather went on to anticipate an “explanation” from the Trump camp, but said “once the words are out there they cannot be taken back.” Rather went so far as to say Trump’s words were “what inciting violence means.”

Rather issued a severe warning to “anyone who still pretends this is a normal election” of Republican versus Democrat: “history is watching.”

This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign. We will see whether major newscasts explain how grave and unprecedented this is and whether the headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers do it justice. We will soon know whether anyone who has publicly supported Trump explains how they can continue to do.

He concluded his post with a quote from Abraham Lincoln, stating that the 16th President’s call for “cohesion and peace” during the eve of the Civil War was met with “horrific violence that almost left our precious Union asunder.” “We cannot let that happen again,” Rather warned.

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

As Rather predicted, Trump and his camp have already issued explanatory statements for the comment, claiming Trump was talking about harnessing the “political power” of the Second Amendment voting bloc.

Rather’s full statement can be viewed on Facebook, here.

Photo via Flickr/Charlie Llewellin

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56 Comments

  1. Bruce Weatherly August 10, 2016

    With a country full of 2nd amendment gun nuts Trump should be ashamed of trivializing gun violence. He said what he said and to try and blame the media just illustrate what a stupid S.O.B. he is. For the sake of the country I just hope no one takes him up on it.

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    1. johninPCFL August 10, 2016

      The Las Vegas teabagger Angle talked about “second amendment solutions”, and a few months later Giffords was shot. Coincidence that Donald uses the same words?
      Senator Warren was right last night.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

        there is a bright side if he ever gets elected as POTUS (god help the country and the world then ) but I believe when he go’s to his first UN meeting one of the leaders from another country will shoot him dead . then the USA can send that leader a big gift and a THANK YOU CARD

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    2. Jon August 10, 2016

      Mark David Chapman completely twisted the meaning of the words of John Lennon and used his interpretation to shoot and kill him. Although I believe Donnie is clearly calling for the assassination of Hillary Clinton and all of her Supreme Court nominees. for the sake of argument I will assume that his lame interpretation of what he said was to get 2nd Amendment people to act on his behalf based on the lie he told about Hillary Clinton. John had fully explained his comments numerous times but it never stopped one deranged fool from killing him. Now Donnie can do like John did and explain himself numerous times but the chances that everyone who would do harm to Hillary and her Supreme Court nominees will become aware of his explanations or understand and believe them is negligible. He has put in motion a chain of events that may very well have an unthinkable, horrific ending. All it takes is one person to interpret his words based on the context in which they were said to pull the trigger despite all of the times Donnie tries to give his interpretation of what he said.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

        and you forgot the JUDGE he bad mouths im sure he would throw him in there while he telling brain dead followers to shoot people he will ad him to the list also

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      2. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

        see the thing is no one would be taking what DONNY DUMP out of context for it was meant the way he said it from the start so it would be in context not out

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        1. Jmz Nesky August 15, 2016

          And if it does then the law should charge the Trumpster with accessory just as they charge the get away driver who remains in the car the same as the thieves rob and kill.

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          1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 15, 2016

            the clown car driver (DONNY DUMP ) would be more so guilty for he started the plan

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    3. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

      then again his brain dead followers are pretty stupid im sure and maybe one might take it as he should pull the 2nd amendment trigger on the DUMPSTER and when hew go’s to court he wil say DAUUUUUUUUUU I thought he meant pull the trigger on him . im not too bright I was just doing what I though DONNY DUMP wanted me to I don’t question him im a DUMPSTER true follower so I just do what I think he wants . OPPPS sorry DONNY DUMP 🙁

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  2. Paul Bass August 10, 2016

    “Just Kidding” DJT

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    1. Dan S August 10, 2016

      Another favorite quote of his is Give Me A Break. Just how many does he need before he learns to shut his fat yap long enough to hear what others are saying ?

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  3. White Rose August 10, 2016

    Dan Rather knows what the truth means.
    Was he not the first (and maybe only) journalist to “suppose” that 9/11 was controlled demolition?
    He was “disposed of” shortly after that.
    I rather hope history does not repeat itself. .

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  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

    Rather called Trump’s comments a “new low” // there is no low for the DUMPSTER even the scum at the bottom of a barrel he is under that . yes we all do have a right to defend our self and if and one should be defended against we should defend our self against DONNY DUMP . should one feel safe if blood was coming out his ears ? that’s a question on can ask them self . but coming out of there would take away blood coming out from where ever I guess is is a sneaky slimy POS as for him saying one thing and then saying it could of been meant another way is his life line of B/S sly and evil and very dangerous to all he has anything to do with . he means all he says just the way people think its meant . then there are his brain dead followers that try to turn it around for him (thy truly are the stupidest ones) being that he may have meant anything he says differently then why dose the POS just stop and leave it to let people think ? why not say what he try’s to fool people into believing other wise . he could of said at the end 2nd amendment people go out and vote against her . but no for he didn’t mean it that way he meant for some crazy follower to go out and shoot her plan and simple . and by fight and even by law he should be taken in and arrested . what happens (I truly hope nothing happens to Hillary ) but say something dose happen and she gets shot then what ?????????? . and what if the shooter says DONNY DUMP told me to do something about it so I did . just the way the DUMPSTER meant me too . and said even a stupid person would known just what he meant

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    1. Mama Bear August 10, 2016

      Good point. When all that hate and anger comes from the podium riling up unstable people is exactly what he hopes to accomplish. That one of them might just somehow think it is his patriotic duty to take Hillary out is not a stretch of reality.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

        its the DUMPSTERS whole game he is an evil sneaky POS that knows all he dose and is doing and plans to do all the time . nothing he ever says is a misspoken comment he says it just the way he means in . that why he just stops it at the end its his period . but in his twisted mind he feels its a point where he can come back and try to fool people with his B/S afterwards . if be it he was to have either meant things as a joke or kidding he could have cleaned it up from the start and ended it there . but no he wants all to take things the was he first says things and when he gets pushed he then can start his B/S story . he is so easy to read that clown is like a horror book . nothing he says is anything he isn’t thinking or meant to say . I post this all the time with him its a WAIT FOR IT, WAIT FOR IT moment . he never planed to first get this far and now knows he cant win (and he never wanted to win in the first place ) when all is said and done and he is the BIGGEST LOSER that’s when he drops his hammer . what ever his plan from the start he will put in motion . and what ever it is it has all to do with $$ MONEY $$ . don’t be fooled there is a plan he has . and its more then likely a FRAUD,CON AND A SCAM PLAN make my words I might not know just what the POS plan is . but it is there from the start . one can only how thy catch him with his MONEY plan before he gets away with it .

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        1. Mama Bear August 10, 2016

          Could not agree more. He has been “diagnosed” by many leading psychiatrists as having Narcissistic Personality Disorder and he fits it to such a “T” that one doc has taped him to use as illustration of the disorder in his classes. There is coming a “narcissistic rage” that will be beyond anyone’s belief – except those of us who have witnessed one personally. If you read about the disorder you can see exactly why he does and says what he does and says.

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          1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

            ive been posting this for over a year now from the start of his campaign he has some kind of a form of a bipolar disorder . and he is a rapist and a women beater . to add to so many of his wacked out points with this he has a junky addiction that he can only get the fix that helps calm him down and that’s ATTENTION when he gets the attention (good or bad better he likes im sure is bad ) then he has his fix but he is such an attention addicted junky he never gets enough

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          2. Mama Bear August 10, 2016

            you are totally correct and describing the NPD person to a “T”!

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          3. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

            ive been saying this on here for over a year now . and still debating with clowns saying no way . im thinking its just brain dead DNNY DUMP followers im debating with either that of really stupid people

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          4. Mama Bear August 10, 2016

            Don’t waste your energy. He has tapped into the lowest possible forms of humankind and they will never stop believing on him. You are better off reasoning with a tree!

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          5. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            but really im thinking no one can be that stupid . (?well maybe a lot of the DONNY DUMP click can be ) but a lot of them just go with the king clown DONNY because he is the biggest joke on today and to them its a free clown show

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          6. Mama Bear August 11, 2016

            Personally I never would have guessed there are so many ignorant, uneducated, unable to discern real from fantasy sheep-like people in this country who are looking for someone to follow. Trump came along and tapped into their hate and anger and it was love at first sight. They are the types that you and I never come across in our day to day lives. Thankfully:)

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          7. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            DONNY DUMP followers are like a cult and waiting for the DUMPSTER to tell them to drink the cool-aid he has them in pretty much the same way ISIS recruits there’s clowns he is helping ISIS now every time he brings up their name its free advertisement for them

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          8. Mama Bear August 11, 2016

            good point.

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          9. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            I live my life and feel I have more common sense then most people and as I see things now . DONNY DUMP im not sure if he understands that as many brain dead followers he might have on the other hand there are just as many that hate him and all he is and has done . and who’s to say his followers are more crazy then the ones that hate him ? the ones who hate him their hat will go on long after his clown show is over then his brain dead followers will seek another clown to follow . but the DUMPSTER should know that the ones that hate him wasn’t enjoying the clown show . in fact it only got them to hate him more . so one can thing the ones he built up the hate on might never get that hat out of them . so in time one could say that a hater snaps and like I said after its all over his run then is the time the secret service isn’t around and maybe he lets his body guide down for a short time then very well could be an opening for one that hate for him never go smaller . might even grew . and thy might be nuts enough with hate if an opening is there thy take it . (one cant say what thy might and could do ?) and again who’s to know how one will think and feel if thy might very well have a mental disorder worse then DONNY DUMP’s (the DUMPSTERS is an ego and attention seeking one ) but a crazy one that he very well might of made one cant say how dangerous thy could be or what thy could or might plan to do . who knows it might be in their mind that thy don’t have to really get DONNY DUMP thy very well could get comfort from doing something to things that are close to him . now that’s the nut ISIS clown he might of made for him self ( no it would be ISIS per-say ) by something or one that is just as dangerous as them . I look at all people and the reaction any can have and what thy might do . can I say this will happed ? NOPE I CANT but I wouldn’t be surprise if it did . its a one never knows always think of things that couldn’t happen and those are the thing that can happen . do I hope a nut will do this ?” NO I DONT but again one never knows

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          10. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            as I stated I live my life and use common sense all the time . words I live by every day are always Expect The Unexpected this way your never surprised

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          11. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            more of the DUMPSTERS problem might very well start when he is out . and id feel he would deserve anything that happens if anything dose

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          12. Jmz Nesky August 15, 2016

            You continue to misunderstand his mind set.. If he loses it will open the door to bigger and better things for his ego.. He will turn the loss into a success such as being invited on talk shows and speaking forums where he will continue to spew his form of excrement among those too stupid to think for themselves for even more money then will come the creative reality shows that he will conjure up and that FOX will be glad to air on prime time TV.. He will be living in a world that he created for himself and it will be successful because his ass hat followers will remain closer to his butt then ever before. We’ve got to give it to his followers as they have stupidity to shield them from reality.

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          13. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 15, 2016

            he continue to misunderstand his own mind set . as for what he dose after he loses iv been posting for some time now that he has his own wait for it wait for it moment . from the start . as his being called on talk show is something yes . but I believe there is a bigger ball and hammer he has plan’s to drop . really the talk show is one thing that will get him his FIX he craves he is just a deranged mental disordered clown that is addicted to attention . good or bad plain and simple

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          14. Jmz Nesky August 15, 2016

            I can’t argue except for one thing and that’s the bad.. The Trumpster can not tolerate being cast as bad, it overwhelms his character, self-believing that everyone loves him and when criticism rears it’s big ass well his impulse is to destroy it be from business transactions such as not paying for services or simple law suits, he has the answers in his pea brain of how to handle those who do not love him. Daily he looks into his mirror and asks himself, “How could anybody dislike this face?”

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          15. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 15, 2016

            it all comes down to the mental deranged disorder clown he is and the addiction he has for seeking attention . even bad attention is a FIX for that junky . as far as all the people he screwed one way or another by not paying then and then thy went broke at some time one of their kids will get older with the hate that the evil DONNY DUMP sank their family and thy will want to get back at him for it . and the DUMPSTER dosent seem to understand (or care ) that the hate of the family he bury could and very well lead to the DUMPSTERS family . DONNY DUMP could be dead years from now and the people and the family’s he ruined could take it out on the only DUMPSTER that are still alive . paying them back for the sins of their farther . if one wants to get out of loving him thy just need to say to the clown how can I love you for you take up all the love there is and you have it for your self so sorry DONNY DUMP I cant love you for you already have all the love there is for your self (AND THEN THE DUMPSTER SAY’S OK YOUR RIGHT )

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          16. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 15, 2016

            another thing that the DUMPSTER could make big time money on would be a toilet bowl with his picture on the bottom of it . then again the DUMPSTER would just sell special pic. that stick to the bottom of the bowl and sell them for twice as much as a toilet bowl cost

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          17. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 15, 2016

            Dangerous to give anything to his brain dead followers . the DUMPSTERS is at the point of starting a cult and wont take much from him to next have his brain dead followers to strap bombs to them self’s and hit the switch when he say go . and or drink the cool-aid

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          18. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            its love at first fright

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          19. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            as for me heck id like to come across those clown some place . but thy wouldn’t like me my charming personality wouldn’t go over so good for them :)~

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          20. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            latest head line I haven’t read the story yet (According to a lawsuit filed by former Trump staffer Vincent Bordini, the Republican candidate’s campaign failed to act after Earl Phillip, then Trump’s North Carolina state director, pulled a gun on Bordini in February during a trip to Greenville, SC in Phillip’s Jeep )

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          21. Mama Bear August 11, 2016

            here is something I have noticed – the top 10 TV shows each week without fail – 8 out of 10 are reality TV. Donald Trump’s wheelhouse. He is their hero and his followers don’t seem to do well separating fact from fantasy. When I started tracking that fact his popularity was explainable.

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          22. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 11, 2016

            that’s the WAIT FOR IT WAIT FOR IT moment im telling all about . the DUMPSTER has and had a plan from the start and I have idea’s of what his plan is no matter what it is has to do with MONEY weather it be 1 a reality T V show 2 some kind of big time tax filing on the time he put into running for Pres. and very likely 3 a bankrupt filing but now and since he started his B/S run the sneaky POS is working some kind of way where he can make money go in his greedy bastard pocket before he file’s bankrupt . im sure every one on his filing of bankrupt he snaked out $$100’s of million before he filed he just adds the $ money to the bankrupt . then no taxes on it and its hidden away some place to me he really isn’t that hard a clown to read mark my words you’ll see . hey I seen that clown climbing DUMP TOWERS yesterday . I called the NYPD and told them I have some advice for you what you should do with this clown is go up 2 floors from where he is and take out the windows then he wont be able to go no higher . then about 45 mins to an hour I se them taking out the windows above his . thy said he wanted to talk to the DUMPSTER . might been looking for a job ? cleaning the windows lol

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          23. Jmz Nesky August 15, 2016

            You’ve got to remember that there’s not that many people on all these forums.. that they seem so large is simply because their (A) loud and (B) re-post continually so, the followers of the Trumpster only seems large and this will be proven on election night. The only down side will be if too many people stay home or vote third party, then though he still won’t win, it will be close.. so close in fact that the bobblehead will demand a recount thereby screwing up the traditional process of swearing in a new president. He loves to sue so that will be his last ditch no-brainer.

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          24. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 15, 2016

            as for the recount im sure that very well could be one of his reality show him counting all the vote him self on TV and his brain dead followers will not miss a sec of it thy will be toning in and be excited to just watch the clown car driver count each one of them heck with his follower that show in it self could last for years . and mild way through the DUMPSTER will say something like AWWWWWWWWWWW I lost my count ill have to start over and blame him losing his count of something stupid

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          25. Jmz Nesky August 15, 2016

            Yes, and he could actually create a live reality TV show from it.. I’m certain the Fox channel would be willing to pick it up in a heart beat.. I would have included the SCI-Fi channel but I don’t think they would stoop lower than where they’ve already ventured.

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          26. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 16, 2016

            you missed SESAME STREET . thy want to teach children how not to act like a clown all the time the DUMPSTER CAN .WILL AND WANTs TO BE THE LOWEST STOOPERS OF ALL AND ALL TIME

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          27. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 10, 2016

            as I see him its pretty simple of his disorder just the attention his whole life go’s around just the attention . name on anything and every thing he is a greedy bastard attention seeker if he though he would get attention with his name on toilet paper he be on it in a heart beat . im surprised he hasn’t started a DUMPSTER business

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  5. jmprint August 10, 2016

    Trump is so low he has moved from selling snake venom to actually being the snake.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 10, 2016

      Nice metaphor!

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  6. Mama Bear August 10, 2016

    He is dog whistling his unstable followers to shoot Hillary. How many times does he get to get away with this kind of incendiary talk? Freedom of speech is one thing but this is falling on dangerous ears among his lunatic fringe followers.

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  7. PrecipitousDrop August 10, 2016

    My deep red city in this deep red state went nuts for Donald Trump last fall. He would’ve been an even bigger sensation if not for football. The transformation has been hard to watch. Formerly good, quiet, diligent church-going people have turned into full-throated, angry confederate flag waving mobs.
    Is there ANY doubt that Trump called for the assassination of Secretary Clinton and every federal judge she may appoint? None whatsoever.
    What about Sec. Clinton’s Secret Service protection? It’s their job to stand between a bullet and the person they protect. Doesn’t Mr. Trump realize that he asking for these people to be shot?

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    1. Sand_Cat August 10, 2016

      Don’t want to start a fight, but it should have been clear LONG ago that “church-going” should NEVER be considered a reliable description of good and reasonable people: whether fanatics or hypocrites, church-attenders have done plenty of harm, and clearly intend to do more in this election.

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 10, 2016

        Right. “Church-going” is often(not always) just for show to give the impression that the person has the required appearance of being decent. But it’s the deeds that mark the sincerity, not just physically occupying a pew.

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      2. PrecipitousDrop August 11, 2016

        It’s a southern city, SandCat. When you meet a local for the first time, they ask where you go to church before they ask, “What do you do?”
        I heartily agree that religion has done, and does now cause plenty of social harm, but — in my 60+ years before Donald Trump — I never seen my community so openly and angrily agitated as his candidacy has done. Even the civil rights battles were less polarized than the current mood.

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        1. Joan August 13, 2016

          I am old, so I remember that the answer to the question ” where do you attend services” was virtually a social resume in the South. It would provide clues to your origins, economic mobility and politics. Having to say Catholic marked me as not native with limited economic mobility and most likely a Democrat with liberal ideas.

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          1. PrecipitousDrop August 13, 2016

            Joan, too bad you didn’t settle an any of the old former Spanish and French cities. Being Catholic was — and is — a coveted recommendation.

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  8. Vocalic Scissors August 10, 2016

    It would only take someone like Timothy McVeigh, Dylan Roof, Adam Lanza or Holmes of Colorado to do the deed that Trump is encouraging, calling for the assassination of his opponent. And these violent Americans are not Muslims.

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  9. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 10, 2016

    It’s important that people of stature and recognized ability and integrity speak up and speak out against indecency in conduct, especially in this election cycle.
    Rather(no pun) than be quiet, we all have a duty to rebuke bad behavior by those who foment hate and dissent from a soapbox.

    Otherwise, silence is a sign that bad behavior is normal and acceptable.

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    1. Independent1 August 11, 2016

      Trump should have been arrested for his clearly violence inciting comments. He’s getting away with inciting far too much violence – including at his rallies.

      He’s a menace to society. He’s not only put Hillary’s life at risk, but also possibly Bill’s and the people responsible for protecting her during the campaign (who knows what might happen in an attempt on Hillary’s life). And he’s also potentially put the life or lives of any nutcase 2nd amendment idiots at risk who may try to act on his suggestion of making a hit on Hillary.

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      1. Jmz Nesky August 15, 2016

        Well his own adopted party has been trying that since they realized he ain’t goin’ away and look what it’s accomplished. But I really feel they have an ace up their sleeves (after all they are conservatives) and that ace has to do with??? The electoral college. Yes, this might be the year that the peoples votes won’t amount to squat.. It will all depend on how the voters choose. It almost happened in Dubya’s second term when they disallowed Florida and had SCOTUS decide but this time it will be blatant if enough dumb asses vote and lazy asses stay home.

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