Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said Monday on SiriusXM’s “The Dean Obeidallah Show” that Republicans “by their silence” condone threats of violence from former President Donald Trump.
Obeidallah said: “For the last seven days you have threatened Donald Trump, if he is indicted, that we are going to see problems in this country like the ones that, maybe we have never seen before, we have seen bad things in this country.”
He added: “He is the leader of the Republican Party. And it seems that – I haven’t heard anyone in the GOP denounce it – the leaders are denouncing it. What is your reaction — as a former prosecutor? It looks like a veiled threat.
Swalwell said, “Yeah, no. Here he is again, inciting violence. It sounds a lot like that, you know, the tweet he sent out at 2 a.m., where he said, “Come to the nation’s capital on January 6 – it’s going to be crazy.” And then went on for the next 15 days, you know, to say you know, ‘If you don’t fight for your country, you won’t have a country.’ Well, he says here, if he’s indicted by the Justice Department, he has the power to unleash more violence.
He continued, “And that’s in line, Dean, with where the Republican Party is now. They are so out of step with traditional America, where they cannot win the majority of votes and elections, that they are now more comfortable with violence than voting, because it is their only way to implement their political agenda.
Swalwell added: “They can’t pass it through, you know, a majority rule system, so they have to do it through violence. The worst part is you just said they’re crickets, right? There’s no serious Republican who speaks out against that, you know, and so in their silence, like Kevin McCarthy and others, they tolerate that. By their silence, they condone Donald Trump’s threats of violence, and that gives anyone a green light in a country where the people are armed to the teeth to take up arms against their government.
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