It is official: America is now pre-Nazi Germany. This is not hyperbole or a manifestation of Godwin’s law — there is a bonafide fascist movement in America led by a megalomaniac and advised by people who are openly advocating shooting the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.
An adviser to Donald Trump on veterans issues and New Hampshire state representative Al Baldasaro stated today that Hillary Clinton should be put in a firing line and “shot for treason”. Baldasaro, who is also a Trump delegate, made the comments on the Jeff Kuhner Show. He said:
I’m a veteran that went to Desert Shield, Desert Storm. I’m also a father who sent a son to war, to Iraq, as a Marine Corps helicopter avionics technician. Hillary Clinton to me is the Jane Fonda of the Vietnam. She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi. She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back up security. Something’s wrong there.
This whole thing disgusts me, Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.
Put aside the fact that Clinton was exonerated from any wrongdoing in Benghazi by a Republican led investigation, and at least 13 other Benghazi type attacks occurred on George W. Bush’s watch without any outrage from the Right — this statement from an official adviser to the Trump campaign has put this election into a league of its own.
The Republican National Convention is already a freak show run by incompetent halfwits who can’t be bothered to give Trump’s own wife an original speech, invite failed reality tv stars onto primetime slots and have former underwear models declaring president Obama is a secret Muslim. But the presence of Baldasaro — a violent minded simpleton who would no doubt be handing over Jews to the Nazi authorities in 1940’s Germany — makes the convention a horrifyingly sinister affair.
An official adviser advocating the murder of Hillary Clinton should be taken very, very seriously by not only Americans, but law enforcement and the FBI. Baldasaro’s comments will certainly incite more vitriol against the former Secretary of State (already on display at the RNC), and quite possibly an act of violence. If the past few months have taught us anything, it is that the average Donald Trump supporters is incredibly stupid and also incredibly prone to aggressive behavior. With the likes of Baldasaro validating their anger and aggression with a call to shoot Hillary Clinton, it is truly open season in America.
Andrew Sullivan wrote earlier this year that Donald Trump should not be treated as “just a wacky politician of the far right” and insisted that his election would represent “an extinction-level event.” If you didn’t believe it then, Trump’s friend Al Basadaro should certainly make you believe it now.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.