For all those people who thought Trumpbies came across as a little to… shall we say, enthusiastic, there’s finally some validation from the big man himself.
“You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?” Trump said Friday. “But now, you’re mellow and you’re cool and you’re not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right?” (emphasis added)
“Not nearly as vicious?” I guess he’s been too busy phoning Taiwan or setting up his eBay business to pimp out Ivanka for coffee dates to have paid attention to what’s been going in as far as an increase in hate crimes since his election. And why not? His followers feel empowered to strike exactly because he won.
Somehow this made me think of a scene from the Mel Gibson film The Patriot in which his character, Benjamin Martin, meets with the British leader, General Cornwallis, in a very civilized display of wartime detente after a large number of Martin’s guerilla forces have been captured.
Cornwallis: Now we come to the matter of the specific targeting of officers during engagements. You must know that in civilized warfare, officers in the field must not be accorded inappropriate levels of hostile attention.
Martin: To your mind, what are appropriate levels of hostile attention?