Even though the January 6 Select Committee is no more, the sham spirit lived on in former member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) as she followed a cavalcade of Waco-inspired comparisons with an assertion that because of former President Donald Trump, “someone could get killed.”
What Trump actually does and says has never been quite as tantalizing to leftists as how they perceive the actions of the president. So, the fact that he decided to hold a rally in Waco, Texas, a week after calling for protests over a possible indictment and arrest many consider to be political persecution, could only translate to him being guilty of a new round of “incitement.”
Lofgren joined “CNN Newsroom” over the weekend where host Jim Acosta contended, “It’s the same language of incitement that we’ve heard time and again from the former president. We know that late last week, the House Democratic leader, [New York Rep.] Hakeem Jeffries, was talking about how he was worried that somebody could get killed with all of this rhetoric flying around. Are you worried about that, too?”
“I think it’s a concern. The rhetoric that he’s using today is not dissimilar to the type of rhetoric he used prior to January 6,” she replied. “In fact, in some ways, it’s more overt and blatant than the events leading up to January 6.”
For example, the California lawmaker misrepresented Trump posting an article to Truth Social featuring a side-by-side image of him holding a baseball bat and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the George Soros-backed prosecutor behind the latest witch hunt against the president, as though he himself had made the photo composition.
“This is cause for concern. We know that certainly not all of his followers are inclined to take up arms, but there’s enough of them who are willing to do battle in his behalf that someone could get killed — and people were killed, obviously, on January 6th,” Lofgren said, again without clarifying her statement.
The congresswoman wasn’t alone in disregarding facts to make a point as many saw fit to ignore the reality that Waco is a decent-sized city, home to Baylor University and popular tourist spots like the Silos, nestled roughly midway between Dallas and Austin, in favor of drawing a link between Trump supporters and the cult following garnered by David Koresh 30 years ago that led to a 51-day siege and the death of four federal agents along with 82 Branch Davidians.
Glomming on to that narrative, “Strongmen: Mussolini To The Present” author Ruth Ben-Ghiat joined “The Dean Obeidallah Show” Friday to express, “I mean, he couldn’t be clearer about, you know, him as a cult leader going to Waco, where you had somebody who, you know, demanded to be treated as a god and…you know, staged a whole siege with federal government authorities.”
“And so Trump is…he’s always communicated very clearly who he is, right? And so here…he’s the victim. He’s under siege and he’s prepared to do violence,” she argued. “He’s inciting violence again. But the cult leader part, I mean, that’s what he’s really channeling here, by going to the place that’s the one of the most famous sites, not only then because of the standoff, but it was already a white power gathering area.”
“And then it kind of, Waco kind of birthed the modern militia movement and anti-government extremists. So it’s a pilgrimage site. It’s actually, it’s like Predappio in Italy for Mussolini. It’s like Waco is one of these holy sites for, you know, racist extremists and who are now, you know, quite absorbed by the — many of them absorbed by the GOP,” Ben-Ghiat charged. “So it’s quite a message he’s sending as a cult leader and somebody inciting violence.”
Meanwhile, in speaking with the press aboard his plane after the rally, Trump said in no uncertain terms, as he had when he called for the protesters on Jan. 6 to disperse, “I don’t like violence and I’m not for violence.”
“But a lot of people are upset,” he added, “and you know they rigged an election, they stole an election, they spied on my campaign. They did many bad things. They did a fake dossier.”
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