Kasich Campaign Illinois Co-Chair Pat Brady
"If you're going to take on Donald Trump, you've got to take him out with a head shot," said Pat Brady – John Kasich’s Illinois Campaign Co-Chair – in December 2015. When criticized for his inflammatory language, Brady insisted that he was using a “term of art,” and that he was not literally calling for Trump’s assassination.
Mexican drug lord El Chapo was not the only one to threaten Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Presidential candidates are no strangers to violent words and even assassination attempts from heated laymen and the mentally unbalanced. Rarely, however, do celebrities, journalists and fellow politicians — from both sides of the aisle — engage in the type of violent rhetoric that has been spewed against Donald Trump during his campaign.
Sadly, entertainment media has contributed to the problem. For example, in one episode of South Park, a politician closely resembling Donald Trump was raped and murdered by the opposition, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The Huffington Post’s Jesse Benn also explicitly advocated violence against Trump, writing: “Whatever your personal beliefs regarding violent resistance—there’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this.”
To those who eschewed his call to “violent resistance,” Benn urged, “Don’t be that liberal.”
Check out the following slides to see ten examples of the violent anti-Trump rhetoric.