When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, his loyal followers responded by kicking Muslims out of their rallies.
Similarly, when the racist demagogue called a black supporter a “thug,” said African Americans are “living in hell” and chastised them for protesting against police brutality — which specifically targets their communities — Trump supporters began assaulting black people at their campaign events.
When Trump talked about sending his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton to jail, if elected president, his fans not only issued death threats against the former secretary of the state, one of them even offered to take her out.
Therefore, it should not have come as a surprise when Trump supporters reacted to the billionaire’s repetitive attacks on media by actually calling to hang the journalists.
However, it did come as a shock when someone spotted a man at Trump rally wearing this shirt:
The image soon went viral, drawing the ire of social media.
So Trump supporters now openly pushing for a return to lynching. And wearing their violent nostalgia on T-shirts. Hm. https://t.co/cTKalhr3am— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 6, 2016
Trump Rally in Minn. So much to think about in this photo. But basically: white guy wearing a shirt promoting lynching. "Economic anxiety!) pic.twitter.com/jliNNPOmJ0— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 7, 2016
It is apparently irrelevant to you. To people of color, white guys wearing t-shirt calling for lynching=relevant. Good night. https://t.co/ohxqKj0cB3— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 7, 2016
I'm casting the guy wearing the lynching t-shirt as racist. Have a blessed day. https://t.co/F26ELly88o— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 7, 2016
One of the sickest aspects of this election is this type of smirky-jokey nostalgia for lynching. Horrifying. https://t.co/OoPD4yJ89f— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) November 6, 2016
Truly frightening. https://t.co/lTNBbIRlfc— Touré (@Toure) November 7, 2016
oh cool https://t.co/T1DKeZE1OK— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) November 7, 2016
I've gotten dozens of these -- and worse -- emails, Twitter, phone calls, Facebook comments. F--k em. We're not going anywhere. https://t.co/Ia2nP2lveC— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) November 7, 2016
this is just so, so grim https://t.co/cvhtLkRBWz— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) November 6, 2016
Lynching is physical violence. Lynching is a murder. Lynching is not "Your book ducks & you should be ashamed of it" See the difference?— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) November 6, 2016
These disturbing anti-media sentiments among Trump fans are not exactly new.
Recently, a man was filmed yelling “Jew-S-A” (instead of "USA") at the reporters during a Trump rally.
Not long before that, the White House hopeful creepily singled out a journalist, Katie Tur, during a speech.
CNN reporter Sara Murray also recounted some of the scary moments she had to endure while following Trump on campaign trail — including the instances when she was personally targeted.
Earlier this year, a security guard at Trump rally also choked and slammed a reporter.