Trump, re Fani Willis: "She's Getting Killed"
While talking about the Fulton County district attorney, Trump dropped what sounded like a direct threat of assassination (the day before he is arrested by Willis in Atlanta).
I was listening to a clip of a Lawrence O’Donnell segment last night. It included a short clip of Trump’s interview with Tucker “I Hate Him Passionately” Carlson, which aired last night as counterprogramming to the first Republican debate:
Horrible district attorney from — just a little while ago — from essentially Atlanta, that’s Fulton County. She said basically that I don’t have any right to challenge an election . . . The district attorney, Fani — Fani Willis, in Atlanta, she’s getting killed. [one second pause] Basically she’s saying Trump doesn’t have the right to, uh, criticize an election.
My eyes were not on the screen when Trump said, “She’s getting killed” — but it immediately got my attention. I played it back and watching him say it before pausing for a full second, perhaps letting his words sink in, before continuing. Carlson remained dead silent.
As you can hear or read above, the phrase “She’s getting killed” had absolutely nothing to do with what Trump was lying about. It’s wildly off-topic. It’s not the beginning to a new thought (e.g., “she’s getting killed in the local papers down there”). The only purpose it served was to send a clear-as-shit message to any one of his violent cult members — one of whom threatened/promised on several ocassions to murder President Biden before being killed earlier this month in an FBI shootout. A little more than one week ago, a woman was arrested for threatening to kill the judge overseeing Trump’s insurrection trial (and who vowed to punish Trump if his online threats continued (they have never stopped), but so far has done nothing).
This clip includes a list of several more threats and/or actual violence from Trump supporters, who seemingly are acting on the far-right’s near-constant demonization of anyone considered not sufficently MAGA.