Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $500
  • $other
  • use PayPal
Keep CounterPunch ad free. Support our annual fund drive today!

Kill for Trump: the Violence Has Only Begun


For weeks, I have feared that someone will be killed at a Trump rally. The violence, the intimidation, and the brawls have escalated, and Americans have begun killing their neighbors because of the racist environment encouraged by conservatives in the country and, most recently, escalated by Donald Trump. The racism against President Obama began on Day One of his first administration and, seven years later, is completely out of control. Moreover, I fear that what we are seeing is a preview of what America will be like should Trump be elected. (For comparison, note the way Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s fascist policies have destabilized Turkey and intimidated the press.)

This past week, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a thirty-nine-year-old man “shot and killed three of his neighbors at point-blank range at an apartment complex on the city’s south side.” All three victims were Puerto-Ricans, American citizens, and Dan J. Popp—after asking where they were from—responded by saying, “Oh, that’s why you don’t speak English. You’re Puerto Rican.” Equally abhorrent were the remarks by John McGraw, the seventy-eight-year-old man who slugged a protester at a Trump rally and afterwards said, “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” And then he speculated that the protester might be part of ISIS. Such incredible ignorance! Shades of random killings of innocent Americans after 9/11—but no surprise because of increasing racist rhetoric. It should be obvious to any rational person that in an atmosphere of such rabid remarks, violence will find its way, and guns, as always, will expedite the anger, especially now that concealed-carry is permitted in several states.

There are many reasons why Americans should be fearful of a Trump presidency, and the most chilling one is what will happen if the Republican elite thwarts him at the Republican Convention or he loses the general election. His followers are so fanatical that if he does not win the nomination, there will be violence in the streets—not a little, but major violence. Ditto, should he not win the election. I have feared for years that President Obama would be killed while in office. His sin is that he was born black. Should Hillary Clinton become our next president, my fears will only increase. Her sin is that she is female. The Trump fanatics are mostly white males who have been left behind by conservative policies (cutting benefits, thwarting economic growth, closing down the government, shrinking the budget at a time when the population is increasing and aging, the infrastructure is crumbling, and our educational systems have insufficient revenue to do what they need to do). Many of these Trump followers not only loathe Obama (thanks to Fox News and Republican politicians) but women, particularly those who have become educated.

Sadly the people who are the angriest have little understanding of why they no longer have jobs, why they have been left behind. All they know is that Trump is echoing their anger. He has brought out the worst in these people, increased their rage, especially against anyone who is not white.

Be prepared for the worst.

Charles R. Larson is Emeritus Professor of Literature at American University, in Washington, D.C. Email = Twitter @LarsonChuck.

More articles by:

2016 Fund Drive
Smart. Fierce. Uncompromised. Support CounterPunch Now!

  • cp-store
  • donate paypal

CounterPunch Magazine


October 27, 2016
Paul Street
An Identity-Politicized Election and World Series Lakefront Liberals Can Love
Matthew Stevenson
Sex and the Presidential City
Jim Kavanagh
Tom Hayden’s Haunting
CJ Hopkins
The Pathologization of Dissent
Mike Merryman-Lotze
The Inherent Violence of Israel’s Gaza Blockade
Robert Fisk
Is Yemen Too Much for the World to Take?
Shamus Cooke
Stopping Hillary’s Coming War on Syria
Jan Oberg
Security Politics and the Closing of the Open Society
Ramzy Baroud
The War on UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque is Palestinian and East Jerusalem is Illegally Occupied
Colin Todhunter
Lower Yields and Agropoisons: What is the Point of GM Mustard in India?
Norman Pollack
The Election: Does It Matter Who Wins?
Nyla Ali Khan
The Political and Cultural Richness of Kashmiriyat
Barbara Nimri Aziz
“It’s Only a Car!”
October 26, 2016
John W. Whitehead
A Deep State of Mind: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup
Eric Draitser
Dear Liberals: Trump is Right
Anthony Tarrant
On the Unbearable Lightness of Whiteness
Mark Weisbrot
The Most Dangerous Place in the World: US Pours in Money, as Blood Flows in Honduras
Chris Welzenbach
The Establishment and the Chattering Hack: a Response to Nicholas Lemann
Luke O'Brien
The Churchill Thing: Some Big Words About Trump and Some Other Chap
Sabia Rigby
In the “Jungle:” Report from the Refugee Camp in Calais, France
Linn Washington Jr.
Pot Decriminalization Yields $9-million in Savings for Philadelphia
Pepe Escobar
“America has lost” in the Philippines
Pauline Murphy
Political Feminism: the Legacy of Victoria Woodhull
Lizzie Maldonado
The Burdens of World War III
David Swanson
Slavery Was Abolished
Thomas Mountain
Preventing Cultural Genocide with the Mother Tongue Policy in Eritrea
Colin Todhunter
Agrochemicals And The Cesspool Of Corruption: Dr. Mason Writes To The US EPA
October 25, 2016
David Swanson
Halloween Is Coming, Vladimir Putin Isn’t
Hiroyuki Hamada
Fear Laundering: an Elaborate Psychological Diversion and Bid for Power
Priti Gulati Cox
President Obama: Before the Empire Falls, Free Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal
Kathy Deacon
Plus ça Change: Regime Change 1917-1920
Robin Goodman
Appetite for Destruction: America’s War Against Itself
Richard Moser
On Power, Privilege, and Passage: a Letter to My Nephew
Rev. William Alberts
The Epicenter of the Moral Universe is Our Common Humanity, Not Religion
Dan Bacher
Inspector General says Reclamation Wasted $32.2 Million on Klamath irrigators
David Mattson
A Recipe for Killing: the “Trust Us” Argument of State Grizzly Bear Managers
Derek Royden
The Tragedy in Yemen
Ralph Nader
Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think
Norman Pollack
Centrist Fascism: Lurching Forward
Guillermo R. Gil
Cell to Cell Communication: On How to Become Governor of Puerto Rico
Mateo Pimentel
You, Me, and the Trolley Make Three
Cathy Breen
“Today Is One of the Heaviest Days of My Life”
October 24, 2016
John Steppling
The Unwoke: Sleepwalking into the Nightmare
Oscar Ortega
Clinton’s Troubling Silence on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Patrick Cockburn
Aleppo vs. Mosul: Media Biases