CNN’s Toobin: Trump’s Talk of Violence After Election Is a Warning About ‘Scary Black People’


CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said tonight that President Donald Trump‘s reported warning to evangelical leaders about the left “violently” overturning their successes is more than just a dog whistle.

At the White House event yesterday, Trump reportedly said the following, per NBC News:

If the GOP loses, he said, “they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people.”

Wolf Blitzer and his panel talked about Trump “lashing out” as things are heating up across the country. Democrats have a chance at retaking the House, and Trump has been very vocal about people needing to get out and vote.

But Toobin said that there’s clearly something sinister happening in these remarks:

“Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here. The theme here is, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people.’ Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization, and this is just part of the same story of LeBron James and Don Lemon and Maxine Waters and the NFL players and the UCLA basketball players. This is about black versus white. This is about Donald Trump’s appeal to racism and it just happens all the time. And we never say it––we don’t say it enough for what it is, but that’s what’s going on here.”

Ron Brownstein said he sees it as Trump framing himself as the “last line of defense” for his supporters against the forces trying to “take America away from them.”

Essentially, “a wartime president for red America.”

Toobin said again he thinks race is a big part of the calculus, noting how Trump “became a politician by making up a racist lie about the first African-American President of the United States.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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