Donald Trump fans are getting out of hand, so much so that federal law enforcement are getting involved after supporters at a Trump rally were found waving shooting targets with Hillary Clinton's face at the center of a bulls-eye.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are monitoring potential threats of violence leading up to Election Day, according to NBC News. Since Trump has insisted he will not accept the results of the election should he lose to Clinton in November, his fan base has become even more rabid than usual.
"There is a motivated army of 'fingers in their ears' supporters of his who believe he's giving them license to behave badly, and license not to except[sic] the findings of the 9,000 bipartisan polling jurisdictions around the country," an anonymous federal official reported to NBC.
In the days since Trump displayed this bad sportsmanship and blatant disregard for the democratic process, his fans have raised an effigy of Clinton's head on a pike and brought the target practice signs to rallies. But symbolic threats against Clinton from the Trump camp aren't new. In September, a 'guns rights' group raffled off a picture of Clinton along with an AR-15 rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. "Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo," said the group, "but when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range."
Trump himself made strange hints to voters back in August, saying, "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know." Trump came under fire for the comments which seemed to blatantly advocate violence against his opponent. Around the same time, Trump surrogate Roger Stone said that if Trump wasn't elected, there would be a "bloodbath."
The problematic nature of using a female presidential candidate's likeness as target practice and threatening to kill her should she win is apparently lost on Trump supporters. Trump's fans consistently deny they (and their candidate) are misogynists and in the next breath espouse everything to do with oppressing and hating women. As Trump attacks women's right to choose, backpedals against his own sexist sound bites and calls his female opponent a "nasty woman," his supporters continue to cheer for him.
Trump feeds the mayhem as he drops in the polls, using fear-mongering tactics to try to convince his followers that their votes are going to be stolen and that the election is "rigged." Federal officials say that they "haven't seen anything that goes beyond rhetoric" but "we're watching very closely."
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