Republicans Are Planning A Hatefest For Next Week. Who Will Join the Missouri Couple Who Brandished Guns at Black Lives Matters Protesters on Speakers' List?

Thom plus logo Next week, the Republican Party is holding their convention to crown Donald Trump as their candidate for a second term in office.

They've invited a few people who are noted mostly for their threats of violence or extreme bad manners, including the two multimillionaires who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in front of their St. Louis mansion and the smirking MAGA kid who stared down a Native American elder.

Will they include Jacob Holtzlander, who shouted Trump's name over and over again while he attacked and beat a cab driver in Grand Rapids, Michigan because the driver was an immigrant from East Africa?

Will they invite Dusty Paul Lacombe, who assaulted a Black man at a convenience store in San Antonio while proclaiming Trump's name?

Will they invite Robin Rhodes, who, while shouting "Trump will get rid of all of you!" physically and verbally assaulted a female Delta Airlines employee at JFK international airport because she was wearing a Muslim hijab?

Will they invite Miami's Gerald Wallace, who, after Trump the previous day had lied at a rally in Florida that Muslim refugees had launched a terrorist attack in Sweden, phoned a mosque in Miami Gardens and threatened to "shoot all y'all"?

How about Brandon Davis of North Carolina, who ran two gay men riding bicycles off the road in Key West shouting, "You live in Trump country now!"?

Or Anthony Scott Lloyd who was convicted of threatening to kill Maxine Waters? He told her, "If you continue to make threats towards the president, you're going to wind up dead, Maxine. Cause we'll kill you."

Or Nicholas Bukoski of Maryland who was convicted of threatening to kill Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, saying, "You won't want to be caught off guard when I use my second amendment protected firearms to rid the world of you"?

How about Florida's Cesar Sayoc who was convicted of mailing 15 deadly bombs to Democrats across the country while living in a van covered with pro-Trump stickers and newspaper clippings?

Or Tampa's Bruce Alexander, who groped a woman on a flight to Albuquerque and then told federal authorities when he was arrested, "The President of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts"?

Will the Republicans put Brooklyn's Michael Brogan on TV, the guy who told a United States senators office, "I'm going to put a bullet in ya... You and your constant lambasting of President Trump"?

Or David Boileau of Holiday Florida who was arrested for burglarizing the home of Iraqi immigrants, and then told Police that if he hadn't succeeded in driving them out of the community, "Trump will handle it"?

One of the hallmarks of the rise of a fascist politician, all around the world and throughout history, is violence. Fascist politicians use violent rhetoric, violent metaphors, and openly encourage, or at least condone and accept violence on the part of their followers.

Never in the history of the United States has there been widespread violence perpetrated by the followers of a president - until now.

ABC News has now documented more than 50 cases of explicit threats and violence not just committed by Trump followers, but all of them Trump followers who explicitly said that they were committing the violence in Trump's name because they believed he wanted them to.

It'll be interesting to see how many more of these people show up at the Republican convention next week.



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rmgassen 3 years 43 weeks ago

This is the power that cult leaders have over their followers, people who are too mentally and emotionally weak to think or act for themselves. Trump is today's Pied Piper, and those who make up his base are his mindless devotees. This is scary, because, unless we defeat Trump, these ignoramuses will take the rest of us over the cliff with them.

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stopgap 3 years 43 weeks ago

Of course, what is scariest, is that these people will still be here after Trump, hopefully, is sitting in prison. Although, they have been here all along. Trump did not make these people but he did liberate and enable them to feel free to run roughshod over the country waving their bigot flags high.

Maybe we can’t make them go away, but like any criminal, they should be controlled. Trump is a criminal and his supporters are abetting him. Just like the getaway driver, they are guilty too.

It must be really sad that you can only feel good about yourself by hating others. I’ll admit that Trumpers piss me off so much that I fall into that trap too. The one thing about watching the Democratic Convention is how Biden’s ability to not hold grudges and despise those Trumpers, brings me back down to earth. However, if he wins, there must be accountability for Trump and his criminal syndicate that have broken the law in his service.

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Riverplunge 3 years 43 weeks ago

Thom you stated that 2 millionaires at the house pointed their guns at demonstrators. Umm. You go to JAIL for doing that! Or were they special, above the law, people?

Opps! You already metioned they were rich; forget the question Thom.

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James A Eberle 3 years 43 weeks ago

Pardon my conceit, but fascism in America can only be stopped by a full understanding of the implications of my Three Dimensional Political Model. See comment #17 from Thom's August 18th post. Access an exhaustive presentation of the model at the following link:

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alis volat 3 years 43 weeks ago

The selection of usual Republican operatives available to Trump for the convention has perhaps dwindled. We know about the ones who announced they are not going to the convention. But, what about the Republicans on the down-ballot? Will they sit this out because they can't afford the stink of Trump and his criminal mob on their campaigns?

When it ends, the next day is the march on Washington DC. They will social distance, so it will be a bit different on the Mall. There is an on-line correlating event by the NAACP. What will Trump do that day to grab the headlines?

Legend 3 years 43 weeks ago

Trump says to boycot Goodyear tires. An American owned and manufacturing based company. So I guess you should buy Firestone (Japanese owned), Michelin (France), Hankook (Korean), Pirelli (Italian) Goodrich (France) or what? Here is your choice.

Legend 3 years 43 weeks ago

Watched the DNC Convention last night. So nice to see Obama and listen to an intelligent speech by a former POTUS. Nice the amount of Republican Supporters that are coming out and supporting Biden. Also former Trump aids that are supporting Biden. Bush is refusing to attend or speak at the Republican Convention. Verify your registration and vote as early as you can. In states like mine that have drop boxes, use them in lieu of mailing. Minimize mail service in October to November 3 so that the Post Office can deal with the mail in ballots with its intentionally handicapped facilities. If you can, volunteer to help at your local polling stations. Encourage all to vote. This is the most important election in our lives.

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whatabout 3 years 43 weeks ago

Regardless of who the RNC chooses to speak, hopefully, they will have some excitement in their voice.

I watched about an hour per day of the Democrats speaking and each of them reminded me of a hostage video.

Legend 3 years 43 weeks ago

They should have his former campaign manager Steve Bannon who was just arrested for fraud. Or any of the other criminals from his campaign. Or maybe some of the Russians who helped get him elected. Or the Grand Wizard of all Putin.

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vetinla 3 years 43 weeks ago

Yes indeed, two really great choices for POTUS, One, a war criminal suck-up to the billionare class. The other a full on grifter/ sociopathic wanna'be actor.

Yes sir, we've come a long here in the U$A.

What a totally SICK society we're leaving to our children.

And STILL, no stories about our Bio weapon warfare labs..

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youtuber84e 3 years 42 weeks ago

yes you are right one great choice is war criminal suck up billionere they wont be a actor i suggest you to buy a most precious birthday cake in lahore from baking hub theuy do same as you do

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whatabout 3 years 42 weeks ago

Just to put your mind at rest.


Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio
Former Ambassador Nikki Haley
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones
Amy Johnson Ford
Kimberly Guilfoyle
Natalie Harp
Charlie Kirk
Kim Klacik
Mark and Patricia McCloskey
Sean Parnell
Andrew Pollack
Donald Trump, Jr.
Tanya Weinreis


First Lady Melania Trump
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jeanette Nuñez
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Abby Johnson
Jason Joyce
Myron Lizer
Mary Ann Mendoza
Megan Pauley
Cris Peterson
John Peterson
Nicholas Sandmann
Eric Trump
Tiffany Trump


Vice President Mike Pence
Second Lady Karen Pence
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell
Kellyanne Conway
Keith Kellogg
Jack Brewer
Sister Dede Byrne
Madison Cawthorn
Scott Dane
Clarence Henderson
Ryan Holets
Michael McHale
Burgess Owens
Lara Trump


President Donald J. Trump
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J.
Ivanka Trump
Ja'Ron Smith
Ann Dorn
Debbie Flood
Rudy Giuliani
Franklin Graham
Alice Johnson
Wade Mayfield
Carl and Marsha Mueller
Dana White

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vetinla 3 years 42 weeks ago

@ 12 Thanks for the list, can't wait to miss it. Hearing from the other side of the same coin should really be impressive...NOT!!

Just another group of bought and paid for liars!!

E. Bernays would be so proud...

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