With the TV-news yapping about Melania Trump’s speech plagiarism winding down, TV talking heads finally are beginning to notice how “dangerous” has been the original rhetoric spoken at this weeks’ RNC.
On a special RNC edition of Bill Maher’s Real Time on HBO last night, panelist Dan Savage agreed with the host that the hate at this year’s convention is “out of control” though a certain amount of tearing down the other party goes on at all political conventions.
“You have Israelis writing columns comparing what is being said now about Hillary with what was said about Rabin before he was assassinated by an unhinged right winger,” Savage said.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in November of 1995 after attending an anti-violence rally in support of the Oslo Accords, by a conservative opposed to the pact.
“This is the ugliest convention I’ve ever seen and it’s really an extension of the candidate, of the nominee,” Minnesota’s Sen. Al Franken told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell this morning.
“Here’s a guy whose whole campaign started with ‘Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers’, and ‘John McCain’s not a war hero because he got captured’, and ‘I saw on TV Muslims, thousands of Muslims in New Jersey, cheering when the World Trade Center went down’, and on and on. There’s too much to chronicle. And so it’s probably not surprising that you see a convention in which there’s so much spewing of hate: ‘lock her up, lock her up’. And worse. A lot worse.”
The Secret Service says it is investigating Trump adviser Al Baldasaro, after he said in an interview that presumptive Dem nominee Hillary Clinton should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason” because of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
“Donald Trump’s overtaking of the Republican party – and his constant escalation of outrageous rhetoric – is in danger of mainstreaming the kind of hatred that has long been relegated to the fringes of American politics where it belongs,” Clinton Communications Director Jen Palmieri said in a statement about the investigation. “This week at the Republican convention, we’ve seen the clearest embodiment yet of this dangerous phenomenon.”